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Dalyell Scholars

Dalyell Grants Program


The Dalyell Grants Program provides funding and support for Dalyell Scholars and staff to create innovative new co-curricular projects that build a sense of community and develop graduate qualities at the highest level within the Dalyell Scholars cohort.

Project ideas include a trivia night, group dinner, employer networking event or a writing competition. Any idea for a co-curricular activity that will positively impact the Dalyell Scholar cohort will be considered. 

You can apply as an individual student, a group of students, or a group made up of students and faculty or school staff. Each grant is worth up to $3000 for project ideas in the areas of social activities and mentoring, professional development, community contribution and academic research.

The total pool of funding for Semester 2, 2021 is $20,000.

Assessment criteria

Grant applications for projects will be assessed against the following criteria:

  1. The project fits within one or more of the following activity categories:
    1. social and cohort building activities for Dalyell Scholars, e.g. activities that complement and extend Dalyell mentoring programs
    2. professional development or work-integrated learning activities for Dalyell Scholars
    3. research and other academic opportunities for Dalyell Scholars
    4. community volunteering projects
  2. It has a positive impact on the Dalyell Scholar cohort by developing graduate qualities or building social connections and a sense of belonging, community, and wellbeing
  3. It demonstrates partnership with Dalyell students, either through co-design or validating project ideas with students when co-design is not possible
  4. It should be open to all Dalyell Scholars to participate in, regardless of faculty or school
  5. Projects should consider strategies to minimise financial and student safety risk. If a project is assessed as having severe risk it will be considered ineligible for funding

Equity and strategies for engaging diverse student groups will be highly regarded.

Projects must impact a wide group of Dalyell Scholars. Funding is not available for individual activities.


You are eligible to apply if you are a currently enrolled Dalyell Scholar.

How to apply

Applications for Semester 2, 2021 close 9am, Wednesday 25 August.

To apply, you’ll need to complete the application form and proposal online, including details of your project design such as budget, timeline and activities and making sure you address the assessment criteria. Your application may include multiple events or activities.

You may apply once per semester.

For teams that include staff, each faculty and school can apply once per semester.

What happens next

Applications will be assessed by a committee of staff and Dalyell student representatives. We aim to assess applications and notify successful applicants on email by Tuesday 7 September 2021.

Project ideas

Social and cohort building activities for Dalyell Scholars

  • Trivia or games nights
  • Cultural outings such as visits to museums, art exhibitions or tours of key Sydney landmarks
  • Dinners or coffee meet-ups
  • Speed friendship networking events

Professional development or work integrated learning activities for Dalyell Scholars

  • Information and networking events such as career fairs or career nights
  • Career development and skill building workshops
  • Pitch, start-up, investment, case or industry project competitions
  • Student-led art exhibitions or creative competitions
  • Student-led podcasts or videos
  • Workplace visits

Research and other academic opportunities for Dalyell Scholars

  • Student-led conferences
  • 1-minute thesis style competitions or similar opportunities to showcase academic work developed through the Dalyell Program
  • Student debates
  • Study groups or book clubs
  • Writing or essay competitions
  • Student-led public talks

Community volunteering projects

  • Dalyell Scholars participate in corporate volunteering at a local not-for-profit
  • Student-led mental health initiatives
  • Student-led volunteering initiatives that benefit the wider community e.g. charity drives organised by Dalyell Scholars

Core commitments

Dalyell Scholar and staff participants will be expected to complete these core commitments to the best of their abilities:

  • design the project
  • implement the project
  • draft a final report including budget reconciliation, attendance and student feedback
  • share information about the initiative at meetings or forums
  • in the case of staff - return unused funds
  • provide receipts to be reimbursed or invoices to be paid to Student Life
  • respond to a student survey on your experience

As a student, it is your responsibility to act in accordance with the values and principles of mutual responsibility and expectations between staff, students and the University as set out in the University of Sydney Student Charter (pdf, 221KB).

Key dates

Event or deadline Date
Applications close 9am, Wednesday 25 August 2021. Week 3, Semester 2
Applications assessed and successful applicants notified Tuesday 7 September 2021. Week 5, Semester 2
Earliest possible date staff participants will receive grant payments Thursday 7 October 2021. Week 8, Semester 2
Final reports due Monday 13 December 2021

If you’ve provided us with receipts to be reimbursed, we’ll pay this into your nominated bank account. It may take more than a month for you to be reimbursed, after we’ve received your receipts.

Tips to help you plan

  • Schedule activities and events for the later half of Semester 2, to give yourself enough time to plan and promote your project.
  • Finish your activities and events at least 2 weeks before your final report is due. We’ll email you a template that you’ll need to use to complete your final report.
  • Know how long it will take for you to receive your funds, as this may impact your choices. If you’re a student, you’ll need to keep your receipts.

COVID health and safety

In line with COVID-19 public health orders, we strongly recommend that you hold your project events and activities online, or that they can be delivered online as a backup option.

If you plan an in-person event or activity, you’ll need to consider COVID-19 safety. Student Life will assist you with this. You’ll need to allow additional time to plan and you should factor this into your timeline.

More information

Student Life will:

  • coordinate the grants program
  • provide funds
  • advise on project design
  • provide administrative support for your events (e.g. communications, catering and room bookings)
  • evaluate and report on the program.

If you have questions about the Dalyell Grants Program, contact Student Life at

Student Centre



1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864)
or +61 2 8627 1444 (outside Australia)

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Last updated: 13 August 2021

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