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Engineering and Information Technologies Leadership Scholarship

An undergraduate scholarship
This scholarship supports future industry leaders by fostering passion and motivation, and providing skills highly valued by prospective employers through industry placements.


Value Eligibility Open date Close date
Up to $19,000 (for four years)
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Recently completed high school
  • Undergraduate study in the faculty
  • ATAR of 98 or equivalent
30 August 2019 20 October 2019, 11.59pm

How to apply

Apply here.


This scholarship is valued at up to $19,000 per year for four years.

A stipend of $12,500 will be paid in four equal instalments. This will be supplemented with a Leadership Development Fund of up to $6500 per year to spend on faculty-endorsed leadership development programs.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident 
  • have recently completed high school
  • qualify for entry into an undergraduate program in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney
  • obtain an ATAR of 98 or higher in the NSW HSC or equivalent. Exceptional applicants with an ATAR of up to 3 points lower may be accepted at the discretion of the Associate Dean (Education) if they meet any of the diversity/equity criteria.


This scholarship offers generous financial support and extensive leadership development to shape future industry leaders. It aims to foster students' passion and motivation, and provide them with hands-on experience as well as technical skills highly valued by prospective employers. Each participant will also be prepared to become an excellent communicator, with the confidence to work effectively within teams and with clients.

Students will be offered a structured professional experience program with some of Australia's leading firms, giving them the opportunity to build their skills and networks for up to 20 weeks during their degree.

1. Background

a. The objective of the Leadership Program Scholarship is to advance the Scholarship recipient’s growth and development as a professional with regard to leadership skills and practice through structured learning. To achieve this development, Scholarship recipients complete a leadership scholars program involving extra-curricular learning activities and industry placements as determined by the Faculty and which may be amended from time to time.

2. Eligibility

a. Recent school leavers who are an Australian citizen or Australian Permanent Resident, that qualify and enter into approved undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must obtain an ATAR of 98 or higher in the NSW HSC or equivalent. Exceptional applicants with an ATAR of up to 3 points lower may be accepted at the discretion of the Associate Dean (Education) if they meet any of the diversity/equity criteria.

c. The offer of admission must be, at the time of the Scholarship application closing date, for the relevant semester the Scholarship is being offered for.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of:

I. academic merit, and

II. a personal statement, references, interview and practical exercises that demonstrate the applicant’s interpersonal skills, leadership experience and potential, communication skills, creativity, self-motivation, achievements in non-academic pursuits and involvement in both school and community activities.

b. Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview with Faculty staff and industry representatives and to complete other additional activities to demonstrate leadership potential.

c. At the discretion of the Associate Dean (Education) preference may be given to applicants that identify as a member of selected diversity/equity groups (including, but not limited to, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQ, and those suffering financial hardship, a disability, significant medical hardship, family hardship, carer’s responsibilities and those from a low SES background). The Faculty may reduce the minimum ATAR required from 98 to 95 to make an offer to any of these groups.

d. In the event that the Scholarship is offered to replace a student who has left the Program, the replacement will be chosen on the basis of their academic performance at university and other demonstrated skills as outlined in Term 3.a.

e. The Scholarship will be awarded on the nomination of a selection committee consisting of the Associate Dean (Education), or their nominee, the Director of the Faculty Leadership Program and at least one other academic member of staff from the Faculty. Representatives from industry may also assist at the interviews, but the final decision rests with the University.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued up to $19,000 per annum and with a duration of four years. $12,500 will be paid as a stipend in four equal instalments. The Faculty will supplement the stipend with a Leadership Development Fund of up to $6,500 per annum which can be spent on Faculty endorsed leadership development programs.

b. Where a combined degree or honours student must undertake an additional year of study as part of their degree program, the University may approach the industry sponsor to fund the additional year. This will be managed on a case by case basis and an additional year of funding is not guaranteed.

c. Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted without the prior permission of the Associate Dean (Education), or their nominee, and it is not transferable to another University school, faculty or university.

d. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funds.

e. No other amount is payable.

5. Ongoing eligibility and Professional Experience

a. To continue receipt of the Scholarship, the recipient must maintain a minimum Semester Average Mark (SAM) of 65 each semester.

b. Recipients must enrol and continue to be enrolled full-time in the program that they applied for at the commencement of the Scholarship, except where a transfer has been approved at the discretion of the Associate Dean (Education) or their nominee. Approval to undertake studies part-time will only be approved by the Associate Dean (Education) in exceptional circumstances such as medical hardship.

c. Recipients must complete the requirements of the Faculty of Engineering leadership scholars structured learning program. Payment instalments will be made subject to satisfactory completion of program milestones, as published on the leadership scholars canvas site, including satisfactory completion of industry placements at the nominated industry partner’s premises and/or work sites.

d. The Faculty can vary the format and requirements of the leadership scholars structured learning program based on the availability of appropriate resources and opportunities, consistent with the objectives of the program and a broadly equivalent level of time commitment to the following indicative requirements:

I. Extra-curricular learning activities to develop and enhance key leadership skills and attributes. This will consist of 200 hours of activities over 4 years, including but not limited to skills workshops, industry talks and site visits.

II. Two compulsory industry placements:

a. Placement 1: typically at the end of year 2 and for a duration of 8 weeks

b. Placement 2: typically at the end of year 3 and for a duration of 12 weeks

III. An early-stage placement typically at the end of year 1, that may be either:

a. A 4-week industry placement OR

b. A 6-week academic placement including offshore study with an international leadership development partner institution

e. Combined degree students will follow the above schedule accordance with their core degree offered by the Faculty of Engineering.

f. The intended purpose of the placements are experiential learning and an opportunity for leadership skills practice in a professional setting.

g. Scholarship recipients will be allocated to an industry sponsor to undertake their compulsory placements. Scholarship recipients and industry sponsors may indicate a preference, however the final decision rests with the Faculty.

h. Scholarship recipients will ideally remain with the same industry sponsor; however, the University of Sydney maintains the discretion, through the Associate Dean (Education), to vary a Scholarship recipient’s professional experience provider from year-to-year.

i. All recipients must also sign a Student Placement Agreement before undertaking their first placement with each industry sponsor.

j. There shall be no bonding or other commitment with regard to employment with the industry sponsor providing the professional experience placement.

k. In the event that the industry sponsor offers payment for the placement undertaken with them, this shall be negotiated and managed directly between the scholarship recipient and industry sponsor only.

l. The scholarship recipient’s final year thesis or project topic chosen should, where possible, be related to the industry sponsors’ area of interest. The industry sponsor shall where possible provide support with facilities, supervision and technical material.

m. The scholarship recipient must submit a professional experience placement report within 4 weeks of completing the placement.

n. 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(s):

I. withdraws from an eligible course or fails to enrol,

II. withdraws or transfers their stream without prior approval,

III. does not provide their professional experience report to the Faculty,

IV. commences part-time study without prior approval,

V. does not maintain satisfactory academic performance,

VI. professional experience is terminated by the industry sponsor on the basis of the recipient’s serious misconduct or other wrong doing while completing their placement. In the event of this occurring, evidence to support the allegation must be provided to the University of Sydney Faculty of Engineering. The recipient will be given the opportunity to address the allegation prior to any final decision being made by the University,

VII. does not meet the requirements of the Leadership scholars program by failing to complete a milestone deadline as published on the leadership scholars canvas pages. Recipients may be given a limited amount of additional time to complete a milestone in extenuating circumstances,

VIII. 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,

IX. accepts an alternative primary scholarship,

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

XI. 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 withdraws from the relevant course, the University reserves the right to request that any Scholarship funds paid to the Scholarship recipient be reimbursed.

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