Scholarships are available to  students currently residing at Mandelbaum House and to new 2022 residents once their application for residency is accepted.  Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and academic merit.

The number of scholarships offered vary from year to year, depending on donations received towards the fund. These currently range from 1/5 to 1/2 scholarships. Four scholarships were awarded in 2021.

A Mandelbaum Scholarship Committee is responsible for the allocation.

All scholarship applications need to include:

  1. A completed Mandelbaum House Scholarship Application form
  2. A personal Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  3. An official statement of recent academic results

Scholarships for 2022 will open in December 2021 and be awarded in January 2022. More details to be posted. 


The University of Sydney offers many scholarships to both domestic and international students.

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident you may be eligible to apply for:

Centrelink Youth Allowance
Centrelink Austudy
Centrelink Abstudy





We are very excited to have four full scholarships for first year Indigenous USYD students. These scholarships have been allocated for 2021 and are now closed.


Mandelbaum House is a not-for-profit organisation and does not receive any government or institutional financial assistance. We therefore depend on donations and bequests from the Mandelbaum House community and friends to fund scholarships and other philanthropic projects and, most importantly, keep the college affordable for all potential residents.

We’re extremely grateful to our generous donors who provide ongoing support to the Mandelbaum House scholarship program. This includes Mrs Valmae Freilich and her late husband, Dr Herbert Freilich, who have contributed to our scholarship fund for over 15 years in the name of Dr Freilich’s late parents, Max and Sasha Freilich. We are also very grateful to the B'nai B'rith Syd Einfeld Unit who have generously contributed to our scholarship fund over the past five years. We also deeply appreciate our foundation supporters, the Mandelbaum Trust.

Mandelbaum House residents have the opportunity to give all or part of their security bond ($1200) to the scholarship fund as a tax-deductible donation when they leave the college. Those who do so recognise that these donations will give future residents in need the opportunity to be part of the warm and supportive Mandelbaum community.

As a young and small college, we have limited numbers of alumni who are in a position to support future residents. If you are able to financially assist students to live at Mandelbaum House, please complete the Mandelbaum House Donation Form.

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great memories and friends for life!

Audrey, New Caledonia

It is wonderful to have a spacious and fully furnished bedroom
to which I can retreat to after a busy day of classes!

Julio, Colombia

I love that I always have a healthy option
at every meal that is also delicious!

Rebecca, USA

When you go to uni with 60,000 people,
it’s nice to come back to a family of 40 at the end of the day.

Michael, Australia

Mandelbaum House has been the most diverse,
welcoming, active society I have ever been involved in.

Alex, USA