Our scholarships make it possible for important and exciting projects to happen. Communities in countries from Nigeria to Romania, from Turkey to Hungary, Afghanistan to Cambodia, Columbia to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have all benefitted by the generosity of the people behind the scholarships. Lives have been changed, counselling centres established, societal problems have been addressed and innovative research undertaken as a result of the scholarships.

Every scholarship transforms the lives of our students, making a real difference to their education, and to the diverse communities of which they are a part. Click here to visit our Appeals page to find where you can make a difference. 

Honours Scholarships

There are several scholarships that are awarded annually to high performing students at the Cairnmillar Institute. Each scholarship totals $20,000 per annum. The scholarships are designed to assist students with their tuition costs for their one full-time year of study in the Honours program. Two of these scholarships are named after Ian Chisholm and Dr Julie Shaw, who were members of the Cairnmillar Council for many years.

Students who apply for the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) for February 2023 intake, will be assessed on merit. Entrants will only be considered with a WAM above 80%.

The Dr Julie Shaw Honours Scholarship

Dr Julie Shaw PhD MBA MSc MA

Description: Dr Julie Shaw began her clinical psychology practice in a comprehensive suburban mental health facility when these services were government funded. Having the opportunity to engage in teaching and research she completed an MSc while also very engaged with the Australian Psychological Society, representing it for many years on the Psychologists Registration Board of the time.

She became an academic in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Melbourne while leading clinical psychology services at the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s campuses, and completed her PhD “Psychological Factors in Heart Disease in Women” in 1991. Improving systems across health services including dental staffing, newborn resuscitation, radiological research, general practice training, telehealth and Aboriginal health was the focus of her later career path, combining diverse clinical experience with research and evaluation skills. 

She served on the Cairnmillar Council and Trust for many years and always valued the research and evaluation potential of the organisation as a Centre of Excellence.

The Ian Chisholm Scholarship

Mr Ian Chisholm FAICD FCMI

Description: Mr Ian Chisholm was a director and CEO of Selectus Salary Packaging and co-Founder and Director of Kinetic Super. In previous roles, he was the Managing Director and Senior VP of Westaff Inc. and General Manager of the Asia Pacific Region of McPherson’s Limited. He held senior marketing positions with Mars, Herbert Adams and Petersville.

Mr Chisholm has been a member of a number of industry councils and held positions with the Lauriston Girls School Foundation, The Career Transition Consortium and Brand Value Audits. He has also been involved with and a Governor of Amcham, the Australian Chamber of Manufacturers International Trade Council. He was a member of the Cairnmillar Council for over 25 years and advocated strongly for the low-cost services and the Alumni programs at Cairnmillar.

The Windermere Child Mental Health PhD Scholarship

The Windermere Child Mental Health PhD Scholarship will support a suitably qualified health professional pursue a higher degree in the field of child mental health. The candidate must be a registered health practitioner from a relevant discipline.

The Candidate will be part of the Child, Parent and Family Research Centre and supervised by senior members of the Cairnmillar Institute and co-supervisors from other institutions are welcome.

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The Justice Michael Kirby Scholarship

The Michael Kirby Scholarship honours the valued contribution and support of the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, one-time judge of the High Court of Australia, and formerly the Chief Patron of Cairnmillar for more than ten years. In addition he supported the work of The Australian Foundation for Aftermath Reactions. He is recognised world-wide for his contribution to human rights, learning and scholarship, and to many of the critical concerns of the 21st century. In 1988 he unveiled the Bi-Centennial windows in St Michael’s Uniting Church. The Scholarship is awarded to a current student who is actively involved in the psychological health and well-being of the community.



The Ida Summers Child Trauma Award

For several years, Ida Summers, in the twilight years of her life has regularly put aside money from her pension and forwarded it to Cairnmillar to be used to help “little folk” who have been abused and traumatised in the earliest years of their life. The award recognises a person who has made a major contribution to the lives of many children.


Dr Margaret Rose Garrett Prize in Family Therapy

Dr Margaret Garrett trained in medicine at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India, and graduated from the University of Madras. When she and her family moved to Melbourne she took up a position in anaesthetics at Box Hill and St Vincent’s Hospitals. She then sought specialist qualifications in psychiatry and became a Fellow of the ANZ College of Psychiatry. Along with her private practice in psychiatry she undertook training in Trauma Therapy at The Cairnmillar Institute. She took specialist training in Child and Family Therapy at the Austin Hospital. She was appointed Director of Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Maroochydore. At a later time, she practised at The Cairnmillar Institute and was a valued presence in several of its programs. She has now provided a Scholarship for a student undertake research in family therapy.


The Peter Doherty Prize

Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty AC was for six years The Chief Patron of Cairnmillar. To honor his distinguished contribution to the organisation, Cairnmillar established The Peter Doherty prize for the most outstanding student in The Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy program.