The Scholarship Fund

International House (IH) was established at the University of Sydney in 1966 as a hall of residence for senior students, lecturers and researchers.  Following the spirit of the first International House in New York, it promotes international fellowship and understanding by providing scholars from overseas with a place in which to live and study in a multinational community with Australian hosts. 


Graeme de Graaff was Director of IH from 1966 until his retirement in 1987.   Under Graeme’s light-touch leadership, IH became a place where friendships formed and understanding grew across national, cultural and religious barriers – a continuing function of IH that is immensely relevant to our world today.


The Graeme de Graaff Scholarship Fund was established on his retirement in 1987. It is administered by the Sydney University International House Alumni Association (SUIHAA) and provides small bursary awards to assist IH residents attend conferences, seminars and workshops in their area of study or on international issues.  

IH and SUIHAA are seeking to augment the Fund to provide a full Residential Scholarship for applicants who demonstrate a capacity and desire to be part of the IH host community.  Among such applicants, preference will be given to those from Regional Australia or from other backgrounds that may have limited their opportunity to participate in the multicultural aspects of Australian society.


The idea for augmentation of the Fund came from Graeme's wife Lauris Elms and their daughter Deborah to commemorate his eightieth birthday and the forty-fifth Anniversary of IH at the University of Sydney in 2012.  This website is maintained by Deborah and her son (Graeme's grandson) Kit. 


If you wish to make a donation to the Graeme de Graaff Scholarship Fund please go to the Donate page.