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Australian Bicentennial Scholarships & Fellowships

Applicants from Australia

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications will be accepted between 24 February and 28 April 2017

The deadline for receipt of documentation and references is also 28 April 2017.

It is your responsibility to ensure that both academic references are received by this date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 


 

About the scheme

Each year the Australian Bicentennial Scholarships and Fellowships Trust invites applications from Australian postgraduate students and academic staff members for scholarship and fellowship awards tenable in the United Kingdom.

Each scholarship or fellowship will offer a grant of up to £4,000, and may be used to supplement other awards.

The objective of the scheme, as defined in the deed of Trust, is to promote scholarship, intellectual links, and mutual awareness and understanding between the United Kingdom and Australia, in particular:

a) to enable United Kingdom graduates to study in approved courses or undertake approved research in Australia;

b) to enable Australian graduates to study in approved courses or undertake approved research in the United Kingdom; and

c) to make allowance within the Scheme for disadvantaged persons.

 

Eligibility

Candidates may be in any discipline (commonly in the humanities, creative arts, education, law, social and physical sciences, engineering and medicine), but they must demonstrate that there are special scholarly or practical advantages to be gained from a period of study in the UK, and that an appropriate host institution is available. 

Younger scholars are preferred, but while there is no formal age limit a scholar or fellow must be likely to be able to make a formal contribution in his/her field for at least ten years. 

Please note that preference is often given to applicants who can demonstrate that a Bicentennial grant will complete a guaranteed funding package for the whole degree or project. A successful applicant must provide evidence that they will undertake a period of research/study in the UK.

Greater consideration will be given to applicants planning trips of 3 months or longer.

A report detailing the outcomes of the scheme of no longer than two pages is required within three months of the scholar’s/fellow’s return to Australia (guidance on writing the report will be provided to successful applicants).

A scholar/fellow must take up the award by 31 July 2018 or forfeit it. 

Scholarships

An applicant for a Scholarship must be registered as a post-graduate student at an Australian tertiary institution, or be eligible for such registration at a UK tertiary institution, and be usually resident in Australia, where 'usually resident' is defined as living permanently in Australia for at least 3 years, excluding time spent in the country as an overseas student. He/she should normally have at least an upper second class honours degree. 

Please submit your application using the Scholarship application form

Please note: Application forms need to be completed in one sitting and cannot be saved part-way through. Please have all your information and documents ready before beginning.


Fellowships

An applicant for a Fellowship should have a good post-graduate degree or equivalent experience, and should be seeking to further his/her education or professional experience but not through taking a further degree.

Please submit your application using the Fellowship application form.

Please note: Application forms need to be completed in one sitting and cannot be saved part-way through. Please have all your information and documents ready before beginning.

Payment of awards

Monies will be released between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018. A scholar/fellow must take up the award by 31 July 2018 or forfeit it. 

Please note that you will be required to pay the costs of the airfare upfront before claiming the award, as confirmation of a booked travel itinerary is required before funds can be sent.

The award is usually paid by cheque and sent to your preferred postal address. In exceptional circumstances we may be able to organise a bank transfer. Please refer to the FAQ pages for more information.

Application notes

The application should include:

  • a completed application form;
  • a curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages, including footnotes and references);
  • a statement of the research project or programme of study (max. 2 pages) and where it is to be carried out;
  • the names of two referees;
  • evidence of having been accepted by the proposed host institution;
  • and details of any other awards applied for or received.

Applicants must arrange for their referees to send their reports direct to the Menzies Centre. Only online applications and emailed references will be accepted. The Centre does not pursue late references.

Please note that no other application form will be accepted. Incomplete or incorrectly completed applications, or those which are over the page limit, will be considered ineligible.

Please note: Application forms need to be completed in one sitting and cannot be saved part-way through. Please have all your information and documents ready before beginning.

Applications and references for 2017/18 will be accepted between 24 February 2017 and 28 April 2017.

Contact and useful links

If you have any queries regarding your application, please consult the FAQ pages in the first instance. The Menzies Centre can be contacted at menzies.centre@kcl.ac.uk with any persisting queries.

 

Forms and advice:

Scholarship Application Form (pop-up window)

Fellowship Application Form (pop-up window)

Reference Request Form (word doc)

FAQ pages

 

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