The Mary Henderson (Gerstle) Undergraduate Scholarship in Political Economy

An undergraduate scholarship
This scholarship supports commencing students studying political economy at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences who are experiencing disadvantage.


Value Eligibility Open date Close date
Up to $8,000 per annum (for up to 4 years)
  • Domestic student
  • Starting first year of your political economy degree
  • Enrolled full time
1 August 2022 31 August 2022

How to apply

Apply here.


This scholarship is valued at up to $8,000 per year for up to three years, an additional fourth year is available if honours is taken.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand Citizen or hold an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • be commencing your first year of an undergradute degree in a Political Economy major at the University of Sydney
  • be enrolled full time
  • demonstrate at least one of the following:
    • carer responsibilities
    • Indigenous Australian
    • long-term medical condition, disability or ongoing effects of abuse
    • refugee status
    • regional or remote disadvantage
    • sole parent responsibilities
    • other individual or family disadvantage.


This scholarship was established in 2015 from a donation from Ms Mary Henderson to support commencing students studying political economy at the University of Sydney..

1. Background

a. Established in 2015, this Scholarship has been generously donated by Ms Mary Henderson to support commencing students studying political economy at the University of Sydney.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must be commencing their first year of an undergraduate degree with a Political Economy major at the University of Sydney. 

b. Applicants must be enrolled full time.

c. Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa.

d. Applicants must demonstrate at least one of the following:

I. carer responsibilities,
II. Indigenous Australian,
III. long-term medical condition/disability or ongoing effects of abuse,
IV. refugee status,
V. regional or remote disadvantage,
VI. sole parent responsibilities, or
VII. other individual or family disadvantage.

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. academic merit, and
II. a statement that:

i. demonstrates financial need and/or personal disadvantage,
ii. explains your interest in studying political economy, and
iii. sets out how this scholarship will assist you with the continuation and completion of your studies in political economy at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

c. Preference will be given to female applicants.

d. The Scholarship will be awarded by a selection committee consisting of the:

I. Head, Political Economy or their nominated delegate, and 
II. two other members of the discipline of Political Economy, comprising at least one female. 

4. Value

a. The Scholarship is tenable for the duration of the recipient’s three- year undergraduate degree course. 

b. An additional year may be included on the Scholarship if the student enrols in the Honours degree in Political Economy. 

c. The tenure of the Scholarship will not exceed four years.

d. The Scholarship is valued up to $8,000 per annum. The final value is determined by the selection committee and will be stipulated in the Scholarship Offer Letter. 

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

f. Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted without the prior permission of the Head, Political Economy.

g. The Scholarship cannot be transferred to another University school, faculty or university. 

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

i. More than one scholarship may be awarded in a year subject to the availability of funds. 

j. No other amount is payable.

5. Ongoing eligibility

a. To continue receipt of the Scholarship, the recipient must maintain a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) 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 major or course or fails to enrol,
II. commences part-time study without prior approval from the Head, Political Economy, 
III. does not maintain satisfactory academic performance, 
IV. 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, 
V. receives this scholarship and accepts an alternative scholarship, administered by the University of Sydney, valued at the equivalent or more of this Scholarship and for the same purpose as this Scholarship, or
VI. 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.