Robert R Sterling Distinguished Honours Scholarship in Accounting

An honours scholarship in accounting
This scholarship supports students who intend to study an honours year in accounting.


Value Eligibility Open date Close date
  • Student planning to take an honours year in accounting
19 February 2024 22 March 2024

How to apply

No separate application required. Applications are made during the admissions process for the accounting honours program in the Business School.


This scholarship is valued at $10,000 for one year.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be an undergraduate student who plans to study an honours year in accounting.

1. Background

a. The Scholarship was established in 2008 from a generous donation from Mr. Robert R Sterling to the University of Sydney Business School. The Scholarship is intended to support academic study and investigation in the field of financial accounting.

2. Eligibility

a. To be eligible for the Scholarship, applicants must apply, be accepted and subsequently enrol into the Accounting Honours Program within the University of Sydney Business School.

b. Applicants must be completing Accounting Honours in the field of financial accounting, specifically study pertaining to the empirical foundations of measurement in accounting and the usefulness of accounting measurements for financial decision making.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of overall academic merit with special attention paid to financial accounting units and the application for admission into the Accounting Honours Program.

b. The Scholarship will be awarded by a Selection Committee consisting of the Academic Director of the Accounting Foundation and Accounting Honours Coordinator, or their nominated delegates.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued at $10,000 per annum and is tenable for one year only.

b. The Scholarship annual value will be paid in two equal instalments after the census date of each semester.

c. Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted without the prior permission of the Associate Dean, and it is not transferable to another University school, faculty or university.

d. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funds.

e. No other amount is payable.

5. Ongoing eligibility

a. To continue receipt of the Scholarship, the recipient must maintain satisfactory academic progress to ensure successful on-time completion of their honours program.

6. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated if the recipient:

i. withdraws from an eligible course or fails to enrol,
ii. withdraws from the Honours Program in the Discipline of Accounting,
iii. commences part-time study without prior approval,
iv. does not maintain satisfactory academic performance,
v. is determined by the University to be guilty of serious misconduct, including, but not limited to, having provided false or misleading information as part of their Scholarship application,
vi. accepts an alternative honours scholarship, administered by the University of Sydney,
vii. does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or
viii. any other provision as indicated in these terms that would lead to termination.

b. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated unless due to University error.

c. Where a student is found guilty of serious misconduct or the Scholarship is terminated under any instance in the Termination Clause of these terms and conditions, the University reserves the right to request that any Scholarship funds paid to the Scholarship recipient be reimbursed.

7. Other Requirements

a. Scholarship recipients may be invited to promote the program in which they are enrolled, represent the University of Sydney at student welcome, marketing events and corporate networking events and fulfil the on-campus functions of a Business School Student Ambassador.