Walter Mersh Strong Scholarship

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Dr W.M. Strong of Port Moresby, by his will in 1946, bequeathed his residuary estate amounting to £35,000 to the University of Sydney for the purpose of encouraging education and research in subjects relevant to the particular needs of the then territory of Papua. In Semester 1, 2014, one Walter Mersh Strong Scholarship is available to an academically meritorious postgraduate international student from Papua New Guinea, to undertake one of the following courses: Master of Agriculture, Master of Public Health, Master of International Public Health, Master of Education or Master of Social Work. The Scholarship recipient is invited to enjoy the Sydney experience at one of the finest institutions of higher education in the world.


  • Tuition fees paid for the CRICOS registered duration of a recipient’s program of study, for one of the above programs offered at the University of Sydney (subject to the recipient maintaining satisfactory academic progress each semester)
  • Living allowance (amount of 2014 allowance TBA; AUD$24,653 in 2013)
  • One return airfare (for student only) between Port Moresby and Sydney
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (for student only)
  • Student Amenities Fee 2014
  • Visa application fee (for student only)
  • Advanced Skills for Academic Success Program (ASAS) (compulsory three week program commencing 30 January 2014)
  • Book allowance (AUD$350 per semester for two semesters)

Criteria for eligibility

  • Only citizens from Papua New Guinea can apply.
  • Applicants must have completed the equivalent of an Australian Bachelor degree qualification with outstanding results based on the Australian grading system, as deemed by the University of Sydney. Students who have already commenced postgraduate studies, or students transferring with credit exemptions and/or advanced standing, are not eligible.

Application Procedure

  • No separate application for the Walter Mersh Strong Scholarship is necessary.
  • An Application for Admission to the University of Sydney in Semester 1, 2014, will constitute an application for a Scholarship.
  • Only applications for the following courses will be accepted: Master of Agriculture (CRICOS 000661G), Master of Public Health (CRICOS 054757G), Master of International Public Health (CRICOS 054758G), Master of Education (CRICOS 000674B) or Master of Social Work (CRICOS 023334K).
  • All applications meeting the selection and eligibility criteria resulting in unconditional Offers of Admission will be automatically considered.
  • Applicants must apply in time to receive a firm, unconditional Offer of Admission by 31 October 2013 for commencement in Semester 1, 2014 (30 January 2014).
  • Applicants who receive an Offer of Admission after this deadline will not be considered.

Selection Criteria

  • Selection will be based strictly on academic merit as per the University’s admission requirements.
  • Selection will be based on actual results (academic and English language proficiency). Predicted/forecast results will not be considered.
  • Only applicants with firm, unconditional offers of admission will be considered.
  • Selection will be made by the Scholarship Selection Committee, whose decision will be final. No appeals will be entertained.


  • The Scholarship recipient will need to maintain satisfactory academic progress, which, for the purposes of retaining the Scholarship, is defined as maintaining a weighted average mark of at least 60% each semester. Failure to do so may result in the Scholarship being terminated.
  • The successful candidate:
    • must not be in receipt of any other tuition or living allowance scholarship;
    • must commence study in Semester 1, 2014 – commencement may not be deferred to a later semester or year;
    • is required to enrol as a full-time international student and must maintain their international student status on a full-time basis throughout their enrolment at the University of Sydney; and
    • may not be entitled to a ‘Leave of Absence’ during the duration of the Scholarship, unless it is due to extenuating circumstances.

The University of Sydney reserves the right to make changes to this Scholarship program without notice and at its discretion.