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James Strong-Dymocks Scholarship for Australian Literature

An undergraduate scholarship
This scholarship supports students studying a major or minor in Australian literature at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.


Value Eligibility Open date Close date
$8750 (for up to 3 years)
  • Undergraduate student studying Australian literature

How to apply

No application required. This scholarship will be awarded on students' Higher School Certificate (or equivalent) results in English.


This scholarship is valued at $8750 per year for up to three years.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • be studying Australian literature as your major or minor.


This scholarship was established in 2013 from a donation from Dymocks Pty Ltd in memory of James Strong. This scholarship provides financial assistance to a student studying Australian literature at the University of Sydney.

1. Background

a. Established in 2013, this Scholarship has been generously donated by Dymocks Pty Ltd in memory of James Strong. The purpose of the Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a student studying at Australian Literature at the University of Sydney.

2. Eligibility

a. To be eligible for the Scholarship, applicants must be:

i. enrolled full time in an undergraduate degree offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney,

ii. studying Australian Literature as their Major or Minor.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The Scholarship will be awarded based on results of the applicants’ Higher School Certificate (HSC) in English, or equivalent.

b. The Scholarship will be awarded by the Head of the School of Literature, Art and Media on the nomination of a selection committee consisting of, the Chair of the Department of English and two members of the Department of English.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued at $8,750 and is tenable for up to three years 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 Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Science 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 a minimum Semester Average Mark (SAM) of 65 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. withdraws from the Australian Literature Major or Minor

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. is awarded an alternative primary scholarship that provides a living allowance. In such circumstances this scholarship will be terminated in favour of the alternative scholarship where the alternative scholarship is of higher value,

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.

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

x. Where a student is found guilty of serious misconduct or withdraws from the relevant course, the University reserves the right to request that any Scholarship funds paid to the Scholarship recipient be reimbursed.