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Dalyell Scholars stream

Join the next generation of global leaders
The Dalyell Scholars stream rewards high-achieving students with an ATAR (or equivalent) of 98+*. You will have access to a range of enrichment opportunities that will extend your academic abilities and develop your leadership capabilities.

*90+ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students admitted through Cadigal Program; 95+ for students admitted through the Early Offer Year 12 Scheme (E12), Future Leaders Scheme and Broadway Scheme

As a Dalyell Scholar, you will be challenged academically, have opportunities to cultivate professional expertise and leadership, and become part of a worldwide network of leaders as you join the ranks of our most distinguished alumni.

In addition to completing distinctive Dalyell units of study with other high achievers, you will have access to enrichment opportunities including:

Faculty opportunities

Dalyell Scholars in Business will have a breadth of opportunities available to propel you forward and be ready for a dynamic and internationally relevant career. 

Mentoring opportunities

Start to build your professional network whilst at university with our extensive mentoring program. What are the lessons and advice from senior high-achieving students, academics, and alumni from the Business School? Find out with this structured program, where you will have access to mentoring on student experience, scholarship and transitioning to your career, and community and civic engagement.

Professional skills workshops

Learn how to leverage your intellectual and personal strengths for maximum impact and career success from thought leaders and industry experts. Be ready for workplaces of the future by developing the key competencies and techniques you will need to be agile in dynamic business contexts.

Global opportunities

Dalyell Scholars will have a range of opportunities to develop their cultural competence and knowledge of international business – first hand. Our network of partner universities means you will have access to leading Business Schools globally through short or long-term exchange programs. You may also choose to do an industry placement in Asia, USA, South America and Europe.

Real-world projects

As a Dalyell Scholar you will have unique access to real business problems and live case studies with leading corporate, government and not for profit organisations. Learn to apply your skills and knowledge to develop viable solutions together with Executive leaders.

Does the idea of engaging in some of the most complex ideas issues of our time appeal to you? As a Dalyell Scholar in the Arts and Social Sciences you will be extended opportunities to challenge yourself through distinctive Dalyell Scholars units of study and enrichment opportunities, sharpening your critical mind and preparing you for a resilient and agile career.

Dalyell Languages Program

Focus your studies on language acquisition and experiences through the Dalyell Language Program – unique and exclusive to Dalyell scholars. Broaden your understanding of languages and culture by unlocking advanced coursework in the later years of your degree. These coursework units are aimed at developing your cross-cultural skills and understanding and include specialised translation units. A highlight of the Dalyell Languages program is the opportunity to undertake a subsidised exchange for one or two semesters in the country of your language of interest.

Distinctive Dalyell units of study

Complement your studies with a range of enrichment opportunities. These include the opportunity to synthesise theory and practice by undertaking real-world projects in organisations such as the NSW Parliament, European Australian Business Council, Telstra, the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and the State Library of NSW. Extend yourself with Dalyell units of study that will sharpen your skills as an Arts and Social Sciences Scholar to interrogate, analyse, understand and question the biggest ideas and thinking of our time.

Engineers are behind some of the most creative solutions to problems throughout history. Accelerate your learning and challenge yourself as a Dalyell Scholar at the Faculty of Engineering. Here are some examples of some of the opportunities available to you.

Develop your skills through accelerated units

Enhance your leadership or entrepreneurial skills earlier in your degree through specialised units of study. Take advantage of units designed to challenge you as a Dalyell Scholar and the opportunity to interact with top industry leaders through Dalyell units, such as Dalyell Building a Sustainable World. These will offer you the opportunity to learn through project work with University researchers and industry leaders.

Global opportunities and real-world projects

Engineering solutions do not take place in isolation from the world they aim to progress.

The Dalyell course ‘Building a Sustainable World’ is an opportunity for you to develop key competencies in leadership, creative engineering design, ethics, teamwork, negotiation, and many more skills vital to be an engaged and successful engineer. Make your mark in the engineering world and be part of solving problems across borders with real-world impact. Through this program, you will get the opportunity to be mentored by top industry leaders and solve challenges for top engineering firms.

As a Dalyell Scholar in Science you will have the opportunity to cultivate your scientific acumen and apply this to finding solutions to real-world problems through tailored units of study and programs.

Dalyell Scholars showcase

Science is a powerful tool to answer the big questions and investigate them from many angles. This showcase allows you to take part in a faculty-wide investigation into a topic of great importance or interest from your very first year.

With a group of first year students, a third year group leader and a staff member, you will work towards finding an answer to a topic or question and present your findings to all others working on the project, academics, and members of the public in a Dalyell Scholars showcase event.

You will learn how to solve a scientific problem independently and critically, as well as develop other skills, such as working in a multi-faceted team that will prepare you for your career in science.

Opportunities to mentor

In addition to the mentoring you will receive, as a third year Dalyell Scholar, you will have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate effective leadership skills in facilitating a project by guiding a group of first year students as part of the Dalyell Scholars Showcase.

Research opportunities

Through designated Dalyell units of study, you will strengthen your knowledge of research practices and equip yourself with the skills required to undertake rigorous scientific research. Additionally, you will work alongside your peers and be mentored by a researcher to undertake a research project that will count towards your degree.

Global opportunities and real-world projects

As a Dalyell scholar, you will leave university having already engaged with the world ouside of it. Here are some examples of opportunities across disciplines:

  • Work with industry partners and peers from disciplines at the University of Sydney together with two universities in France to develop solutions to real-world problems as part of the Health Innovation Project
  • take part in a summer research experience in China where you will have the opportunity to spend four to six weeks working in the laboratory of a Chinese University.

Dalyell Mathematics Program

Combine your interest in mathematics with other areas of science and technology. Develop skills like constructing computer models, analysing complex situations and logical thinking that will open up lucrative career paths. 

This program will help you to sharpen your ability to solve problems, think logically, construct mathematical and computer models, and research and analyse complex situations. These skills are highly sought after, and will open the doors to many satisfying and challenging careers.

Who was Elsie Jean Dalyell?

A photograph of Elsie Jean Dalyell OBE

A highly distinguished University of Sydney medical graduate, Elsie Jean Dalyell OBE (1881-1948) was the first full-time female academic in our Sydney Medical School. After travelling to London on a University scholarship and then serving in World War I, she conducted pioneering work with a medical team in Vienna, Austria, into childhood diseases. Her academic excellence and commitment to creating her own path are hallmarks of our Dalyell Scholars stream.

Asanka Wijetunga

Talented science student and Dalyell Scholar, Asanka Wijetunga
Dalyell Scholar in science
"I’ve been able to learn more deeply about subjects I’m really interested in, while developing skills in research, scientific writing and delivering presentations."
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