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What you can support

Join our Community

As a direct result of the support and generosity of individuals within our community, the late 1960's vision for Burgmann College at the ANU became a reality; opening to residents in 1971.

Over the following 50 years, many projects and programs have been brought into existence and have continued as part of the fabric of Burgmann College life and culture thanks to the support of passionate donors and volunteers who believe in the value of the Burgmann residential experience.

Commencing in our 50th Anniversary Year, the College established its Advancement Office, which works to shape a vibrant and continuing Alumni Relations Program and conduct the equally important work of Annual Fundraising and Philanthropic Programs for Burgmann, with a view to ensuring the future of the College for generations in perpetuity.

We are deeply grateful for the contributions of each and every supporter, every year, and we thank you.

It is only with your support that the College can continue to provide its distinctive and transformational residential experience to current and future residents, build our scholarships and bursaries program, and achieve a bigger Burgmann vision for the next 50 years and beyond.

It's a privilege to have so many Alumni & Friends in our community, supporting Burgmann College. If you'd like to know how you can partner with us, read further and click on the images below.

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The Harriet Nixon Scholarship Appeal

Burgmann College is honoured to announce our 2024 Annual Appeal to establish The Harriet Nixon Scholarship; an endowed scholarship - inspired by Harriet Nixon - for residents from rural, regional, or remote Australia who otherwise would not have a financial opportunity to attend Burgmann College and study at the ANU.


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The Principal’s Priorities Fund

General donations to Burgmann College are gratefully received and are directed as determined by the Principal’s priorities. Projects and programs supported by this fund are directed by the Principal and include improving communal spaces and amenities, supporting resident programs including the Doomadgee Partnership and pastoral care.

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‘New Beginnings’ Flexible Bursary Fund

The College celebrated the launch of our Inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in March 2019. One of our priorities was to establish an identified flexible bursary fund for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents. Named ‘New Beginnings’ after the featured artwork in our RAP by Aidan Hartshorn, this flexible fund contributes to making the College a welcome home for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents by supporting travel, transition and other costs associated with moving to Burgmann from their home city or town and living at College.

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Resident Hardship Fund

While scholarships and bursaries reduce fees, if a resident cannot afford the trip home to visit their family, this may also be a disincentive to attend university during a vulnerable time. This could be as little as a $30 bus fare or as much as $1500-$2000 for a round trip of flights—as for some of our residents coming from rural or remote areas, who are only able to afford seeing family once a year. Your contributions to the Hardship Fund help provide vital discretionary support for residents who are in critical need above and beyond their fees.

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The First Nations Arts Initiative Fund

As a key deliverable of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) we established the Burgmann College First Nations Arts Initiative with a view to continually adding works by First Nations artists to the College art collection. We believe that the display and celebration of First Nations arts and cultures at Burgmann is an important part of our identity and we seek the support of our community to assist us to realise this ambition.

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Scholarships & Bursaries Fund

Burgmann is proud of its egalitarian values and is open to all ANU eligible candidates on the basis of individual merit, with a diverse community of students across all disciplines and years. The endowment of scholarships and bursaries is vital to removing financial barriers to joining our College. This assists in providing for a diverse community and enriches the residential collegiate experience for all residents.