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 Research Period One, one Walter Mersh Strong Scholarship will be 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 Research Periods)
  • Living allowance as per the Australian Postgraduate Award rate
  • One return airfare (for the student only) between Port Moresby and Sydney
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (for the student only)
  • Student Amenities Fee
  • Visa application fee (for the student only)
  • Advanced Skills for Academic Success Program (ASAS) (compulsory three week program commencing 30 January)
  • Book allowance (AUD$700 for one year)

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 Research Period One or Two, in the following year 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).
  • Applications that received an unconditional Offers of Admission by 31 October will be automatically considered.
  • Applicants must apply in time to receive an unconditional Offer of Admission by 31 October
  • Applicants who receive an unconditional 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 Research Period. 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 Research Period One or Two– commencement may not be deferred to a later Research Period 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.