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ICDF Engineering Indigenous Scholarship

An undergraduate scholarship

$31,000 p.a. to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to complete selected undergraduate degrees in the Faculty of Engineering.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
$31,000 p.a. (for up to 4 years)
  • Australian citizen
  • Identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • Apply for or be currently enrolled in an Engineering undergraduate degree, in one of the following fields: Civil, Electrical, Aeronautical, Mechanical, Mechatronic or Space Engineering, Project Management or Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Combined degrees are eligible
17 November 2021 13 December 2021

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

This scholarship is valued at $31,000 a year for a maximum of four years.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person as defined in the University of Sydney’s Confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity Policy 2015
  • apply for or be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree, including combined degrees, in the Faculty of Engineering, in one of the following fields of study, in order of preference:
  1. Civil Engineering
  2. Electrical Engineering
  3. Aeronautical, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, including Space Engineering
  4. Project Management
  5. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Background

This scholarship was established in 2021 from a gift from the Indigenous Community Development Fund to support the award of a scholarship to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student studying Engineering at the University of Sydney in one of the following fields: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aeronautical, Mechanical or Mechatronic Engineering, Chemical or Biomolecular Engineering, or Project Management.

1. Background

a. This scholarship was established in 2021 from a gift from the Indigenous Community Development Fund to support the award of a scholarship to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student studying Engineering at the University of Sydney in one of the following fields: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aeronautical, Mechanical or Mechatronic Engineering, Chemical or Biomolecular Engineering, or Project Management.

b. The scholarship is intended to provide assistance with accommodation costs or living expenses.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must:
I. be an Australian citizen
II. qualify for entry into, or be currently enrolled, in an undergraduate degree, including combined degrees, within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney, in one of the following fields of study, in order of preference:
a) Civil Engineering
b) Electrical Engineering
c) Aeronautical, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, including Space Engineering, with a preference for Mechanical or Mechatronic Engineering
d) Project Management
e) Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

III. identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person as defined in the University of Sydney’s Confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity Policy 2015,
b. Recipients must enrol full-time in the relevant undergraduate degree in the semester immediately following award of this scholarship.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of:

I. academic merit,
II. a personal statement demonstrating a passion for engineering, and
III. confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity as defined in the University of Sydney Confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity Policy 2015.

b. The Scholarship will be awarded by the Associate Dean, Education, Faculty of Engineering, or their nominated delegates.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued at up to $31,000 per annum and is tenable for four years only, and to a maximum value of $124,000.

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

c. The scholarship may be held part-time due to extenuating circumstances such as a medical condition which limits the student’s capacity to undertake full-time study. The following process will apply:
I. for enrolments of 12 to 17 credit points in a semester, an application to hold the scholarship part-time must be submitted for the consideration of the Associate Dean (Education) Faculty of Engineering, in consultation with the donor,
II. if part time enrolment is approved the scholarship will be paid at 50% of the full-time rate,
III. enrolment in less than 12 credit points per semester will not be considered.

d. Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted without the prior permission of the Associate Dean, Education, and it is not transferable to another degree or school within the Faculty of Engineering without prior approval, and it is not transferable to another faculty or university.

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

b. No other amount is payable.

5. Ongoing eligibility

a. To continue receipt of the Scholarship the recipient must remain enrolled full-time in their eligible degree within the Faculty of Engineering and maintain a minimum Semester Average Mark (SAM) of 50 each semester.

b. Recipients undertaking an exchange during the tenure of this Scholarship are required to have achieved a Satisfied Requirements grade (SR) to receive their next payment.

6. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated if the recipient:

I. withdraws from an eligible course or fails to enrol,
II. commences part-time study, in 12 to 17 credit points, without prior approval,
III. commences part time study in less than 12 credit points,
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 scholarship, administered by the University of Sydney, valued at $8,000 per annum or more for the same purpose as this Scholarship, or
VII. accepts an alternative scholarship administered by the Faculty of Engineering or any School within the Faculty of Engineering, valued at $6,000 per annum or more for the same purpose as this scholarship. The exception to this is where the recipient is awarded a placement scholarship, in which case this scholarship will be suspended for the duration of the placement. It will be reinstated at the completion of the placement if there is any scholarship candidature and duration remaining. The value of this scholarship for the period of the placement will be forfeited, or
VIII. does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave.

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.