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The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship
in Engineering for 2015

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Closing Date: 31 JULY, 2014


1.1 The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation, a registered charity in Australia, is offering to Australians an overseas post-graduate scholarship in engineering to be awarded in September 2014 and taken up no later than October 2015.

1.2 Menzies scholarships are awarded in memory of the Right Honourable Sir Robert Menzies, KT AK CH QC, Prime Minister of Australia from 1939 to 1941 and from 1949 to 1966.


2.1 Applicants are required to identify a proposed course of postgraduate study leading to a higher degree of relevance to engineering, at an outstanding university in another country.

2.2 Applications will be assessed on merit, after taking account of the qualities of the applicant, the standing of the overseas university, and the suitability of the proposed course of study.

2.3 The award will be tenable for either one, two or three academic years.

2.4 The letter of award will specify the university or institution where the award is tenable, the course and the period for which it may be held.

2.5 Each award will be made on the understanding that it will be continued for the period for which it is granted, subject to the scholar's satisfactory progress and conduct. Scholars will be required to provide a written report on their study each six months to the Menzies Foundation.

2.6 The Scholarship may not be held concurrently with another scholarship or award providing materially similar or financially significant benefits.


3.1 The scholarship in engineering will be awarded on merit to the person who best meets the qualifications and qualities set out below.

3.2 The Foundation reserves the right to make no award.


4.1 Candidates must be Australian citizens, have been resident in Australia for at least five of the last ten years, and be available for interview in person at the time of selection in September 2014.

4.2 At the time of application, candidates must have an engineering degree, with an academic record that is equivalent to a First Class Honours Degree in a recognised Bachelor of Engineering course, or to a Master of Engineering degree with distinction, normally from an Australian university.   It is expected that candidates will be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia at the level of professional engineer.


5.1 So that Australia may benefit from the experience and knowledge gained, candidates will be asked to indicate the career they hope to follow on return to Australia. The Selection Committee will seek individuals who are likely to attain prominence in Australia and, in their subsequent careers, make a contribution to international relations and understanding.

5.2 The Selection Committee will take into account in the first place academic achievement, but also those qualities in candidates which Sir Robert Menzies held in high esteem. The qualities sought include:
i. Academic excellence
ii. Leadership, both proven and potential
iii. Interest and experience in the service of others
iv. Extra-curricular activities and interests
v. Ability to contribute to the life of a university.


6.1 Reports from four referees who have known the candidate for some years may be requested by the Menzies Foundation. Three referees should have an academic or employment association and the fourth should be personal.

6.2 Awards will be made following consideration of a short list of candidates who will be interviewed in Victoria in September 2014 by representatives of the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation, the Menzies Memorial Scholars’ Association and the Australian Government.

6.3 An offer of award will normally be made within 24 hours of interview. A formal acceptance is required within 48 hours of offer, failing which the offer will lapse.


7.1 The scholarship provides emoluments to meet compulsory university fees and charges and to contribute substantially towards the cost of books, equipment, living and travel.  They are revised from time to time to reflect changes in the level of fees and other expenses.  Emoluments are not subject to income tax in the United Kingdom; taxation arrangements in other jurisdictions may differ.

7.2 University and Other Expenses

(a) Tuition fees or a research grant equivalent, examination and other compulsory fees - subject to approval by the Foundation.

(b) A grant of A$200 towards the typing and binding of a thesis if required.

7.3 Personal Living Allowance
Allowances will be determined by the Foundation to suit local circumstances in the country of study.  As a guide, current allowances in the UK are £12,750 (if enrolled at a university outside London) and £14,750 (if enrolled at a London university) per annum, payable in three instalments.

7.4 Travel

(a) An economy class airfare from Australia to the country of study.

(b) A similar airfare to return to Australia, provided the scholar returns within twelve months of completing his/her course of study.


Application is through an online application service, powered by SmartyGrants.

Original or legally certified copies of documents such as Academic Transcripts or Naturalisation Certificate must be immediately available to the Foundation on request.

For queries about the guidelines or questions in the form, please contact the Menzies Foundation at  For any technical issues with the application process, please contact Smartygrants at or by calling 03 9320 6800.


Late applications will not be accepted.

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