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The Peter Nicol Russell Undergraduate Scholarship

An undergraduate scholarship
Up to $24,000 scholarship to encourage higher education in mechanical and mechatronic engineering.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
$6000 pa (for up to 4 years)
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Completing or recently completed final year of high school
  • Enrol in a Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechanical or Mechatronic Engineering)
September 2021 TBC November 2021 TBC

How to apply

Apply here. Students completing their final year of high school are encouraged to apply.

Conditional offers will be made by the end of November. Unconditional offers will be made after the release of ATAR/IB results.

Benefits

This scholarship is valued at $6000 per year for up to four years.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • be completing or have recently completed your final year of high school 
  • qualify and enrol into a Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechanical or Mechatronic Engineering) in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney.

Note: Combined degrees are not eligible.

Background

Established in 1896, this scholarship has been generously donated by Sir Peter Nicol Russell and later became known as the Peter Nicol Russell Bequest.

1. Background

 

a. Established in 1896, this Scholarship has been generously donated by Sir Peter Nicol Russell, to encourage higher education in mechanical and mechatronic engineering.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must: 

I. be Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents,

II. qualify into a Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechanical or Mechatronic Engineering) in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney,

III. enrol full-time in the semester immediately following award of this scholarship,

IV.  have completed the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or equivalent no more than 3 years prior to commencement of their undergraduate degree, except where the applicant has been engaged for the full period following completion of the HSC or equivalent in a program of employment and/or study related to the practice of engineering.

b. Applicant enrolling into combined degrees are not eligible for this Scholarship.

3. Selection Criteria

 

a. The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit based on the applicant’s performance in the NSW HSC or equivalent.

b. Where an applicant completed the NSW HSC or equivalent more than 3 years prior to commencement of their undergraduate degree, supporting documentation such as academic transcripts or letters from employers must be submitted to prove the applicant has been engaged for the full period since completion in a program of employment and/or study related to the practice of engineering.  

c. The Scholarship will be awarded on the nomination of a selection committee consisting of the Associate Dean, Indigenous Strategy and Services, Faculty of Engineering, or their nominated delegate, and at least one other academic member of staff from the area of Mechanical Engineering.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued at $6,000 per annum and is tenable for up to 4 years.

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, Indigenous Strategy and Services, Faculty of Engineering, or their nominated delegate, and it is not transferable to another University school, faculty or university without prior approval.

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. commences part-time study without prior approval,

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. accepts an alternative scholarship, administered by the University of Sydney, valued at $6,000 per annum or more for the same purpose as this Scholarship,

VI. does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, 

VII. 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.

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