Australian Law Students‟ Association Scholarships Guide 2009 Special thanks to David Bennett AO QC Ryan Goss Verity Doyle Chris Kwong Angus O‟Brien Lucinda Verge-Wallace Contents Foreword………………………………………………. 4 Preface………………………………………………….. 6 Thoughts on whether, and how, to apply for Scholarships………………………………………….. 7 Scholarship information…………………………. 9 Foreword go to the United States or Canada and a There are many advantages to be obtained few more adventurous people go to from studying overseas for a postgraduate Europe, China or elsewhere. The courses degree. Almost all may be summarised by one takes are not mere developments of the cliché “broadening one‟s outlook”. common law subjects but involve other areas. Most universities offer courses in The first is the experience of meeting peo- subjects which involve basic medicine, ple who are at a similar stage in their legal accountancy, economics or even engineer- careers, who have performed well above ing for lawyers. This gives them a similar the average in their law studies and who value to the growing practice of law being come from all over the world. Virtually all seen as a second degree. There are subjects the universities to which Australian law which reflect what one believes may be graduates go have policies of taking a wide future developments in Australian law. international cohort of graduate students. Harvard in the 1960s was full of Austra- lians frantically studying anti-trust law on Many of us tend, after our legal education, the basis that this was going to come to to think of law in terms of Commonwealth Australia and that we would be in a posi- countries and, perhaps, the United States. tion to lead the field. I‟m not sure how It is often a revelation to discover not only many of us realised that ambition, but the that non-common law countries (including study certainly did us no harm. The same countries that we think of as totalitarian) philosophy might apply today to courses in have sophisticated legal systems which human rights law or space law. There are have had to deal with similar problems to also subjects which have direct relevance our legal system and which often deal with to the corresponding Australian subjects. them in very similar ways. Learning the The clearest example of this category is differences gives us a wide knowledge base United States constitutional law. American with which to deal with law reform constitutional cases are frequently cited to issues as well as with cases involving and used by the High Court in interpreting development of the common law. our Constitution. Occasionally United States authorities in tort, contract and Quite apart from the legal aspects, meeting even bankruptcy are used by way of anal- people from all over the world is itself an ogy when an undecided issue arises in Aus- interesting and broadening experience. It tralia. Canadian authorities are used more means that in the future one can travel to often. Some foreign laws are relevant be- almost every major city in the world and cause of international transactions. If one have a contact there. Many of those con- is advising on copyright, one may need to tacts will become significant figures in know something about United States and their countries. I was at Harvard in the United Kingdom copyright law. Someone mid 1960s with Elizabeth Hanford Dole advising on major international transac- who was at one stage considered as a vice- tions may need to know some European presidential candidate. Had I been there and United States anti-trust law. ten years later, Barack Obama would have been one of my classmates. Finally, of course, one (hopefully) gets a degree. This is a significant embellishment Secondly, living overseas for a year or two to one‟s curriculum vitae. has long, and for good reason, been a tra- ditional activity of young Australians. I saw I stress that these individual advantages some statistics a few years ago to the effect are also advantages for Australia. Australia that about 7% of Americans have a current is one of the few countries with both high passport whereas in Australia the figure is income tax levels and a generous policy to around 70%. At any given moment, ap- professional taxpayers who claim deduc- proximately a million Australians (around tions for overseas professional confer- 5%) are physically outside Australia. These ences, something regularly criticised by factors make us a more outward-looking ignorant reporters. This, combined with nation than many others. It is for our over- the propensity of Australian law graduates all benefit that this state of affairs contin- to study overseas for post-graduate de- ues. grees has led to Australia having an influ- ence well beyond its size in international The third aspect is the subjects one actu- professional organisations. I hope that this ally studies. Prior to the 1960s, almost guide helps to continue and increase this every travelling law graduate went to Eng- propensity. land where he or she (usually he in those days) studied advanced versions of the DMJ Bennett subjects already studied at home. Since March 2009 then, this has changed. Many Australians Preface It is my pleasure to have put to- gether this 2009 edition of the Aus- tralian Law Students‟ Association (ALSA) Scholarships Guide. This is the second ALSA publication this year designed to give students more information about their post- graduation options. The first was This Guide contains two parts. The the Judge‟s Associate Guide. As I first is an article by Mr Ryan Goss did for that first publication, I hope which offers some thoughts on the that this Scholarships Guide proves value of post-graduate study, issues useful for all students contemplat- to consider in assessing whether ing their career in the law. postgraduate study is for you, and some tips for the application proc- It is necessary to say something ess. The second contains factual about the scope of this Guide, which information about the selected is guided by what it sought to scholarships. This information is achieve. First, this Guide was de- intended to be in summary form, signed as an aide to students con- and readers will be pointed to re- templating postgraduate study. sources for further information Consequently, it does not contain should they seek it. At the front of information about scholarships to this Guide is a foreword written by study law at an undergraduate level. Dr David Bennett QC, AO, former Secondly, this Guide is limited to Commonwealth Solicitor-General, scholarships that are run by founda- which also reflects on the value of tions and trusts. That is, it does not post-graduate study and on his own contain information about scholar- experiences as a doctoral student at ships that are offered by individual Harvard University. Universities for study at that Uni- versity. Students should bear in I would like to thank most sincerely mind that such scholarships are not Mr Goss and Dr Bennett for their explored here, but may well be use- assistance and for the thoughtful- ful avenues to explore. Finally, I ness of their contributions. I would should note that this Guide is not also like to thank those who run the intended to contain information various trusts and foundations that about all of those scholarships for are featured in this Guide – the in- postgraduate study that are run by formation about each of the scholar- such foundations or trusts. For rea- ships has generally been provided sons of space and practicality, only by the scholarships‟ governing bod- certain could be included. ies themselves. I wish all readers the best of luck in their future endeavours. Angus O’Brien 2008-2009 ALSA Publications Offi- cer (Academic Journal) March 2009 Thoughts On Whether, & How, To Apply For Scholarships By Mr Ryan Goss (Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University) Postgraduate study is a great way to further your skills and knowledge, to shift into a new field of work or interest, and to experience education in a different style to that you experienced during your LLB/JD. This article provides a few insights into applying for scholarships to help ease the cost of postgraduate study – while it’s not intended to be a comprehensive guide, hopefully it will provide some useful tips and ideas. Step One: the course and the Uni- Of course, choosing a university will also As such you may need to explain things in versity usually be dependent on which scholar- different ways than you would, say, in an ship you are able to obtain, so the two application for a job at a law firm or with a The beginning step in this process is fig- questions are interrelated. This brings us judge. Similarly, you should be aware that uring out what course you want to study to the scholarship application process you may be competing with other candi- and where you would like to undertake itself. dates who are applying to do a 3 year re- it. While this may sound blindingly obvi- search doctorate in, say, a very specific field ous, sometimes people decide they want Step two: applying for scholarships of science or engineering. a scholarship first and then try to find a suitable course second. (1) Which scholarship should I ap- Remember that your application is not an ply for? application for a „reward‟ for things done in So do you want to do a masters? A doc- Any and all for which you think you the past; it is an application for an oppor- torate? Do you want to do further study might be eligible: if you're serious about tunity to study. In addition to explaining in law, or do you want to do your studies pursuing funding for postgraduate your background and interests, therefore, in another relevant or adjacent field study, you should be looking at multiple you need to demonstrate that you have (many lawyers end up doing study in avenues. The various scholarship organi- thought seriously about why you want to do international relations, development, sations understand that applicants will postgraduate study, what you want to focus political science, etc). be shopping around, so don't worry on, why you have chosen the particular uni- you'll 'offend' one by applying to others. versity as the best place to achieve that Once you‟ve decided which sort of course goal, and what you might like to do after- you want to study, you need to figure out Use tools such as the JASON database wards. The scholarship organization is which universities offer the best oppor- (www.jason.edu.au) to figure out what making a significant investment in you. tunities for you. So, for example, if scholarships might be right for you. Note Part of your job is to explain why they you‟re going down the masters route, do carefully the conditions attached to par- should be willing to make that investment. you want a coursework masters, a ticular scholarships - some will only let coursework-and-thesis masters, or a re- you study in certain countries or at cer- One final point: compare the deadline search-only masters? Which universities tain universities, others may be depend- dates for scholarship applications with the have academics with expertise in your ent on age or work experience. deadlines for applications to your law area(s) of interest? Which universities 2) Preparing the scholarship appli- school(s) of choice. Quite often, you may have subjects/seminars/modules that cation need to apply to the law school before you look like they would be interesting or While each scholarship application is have submitted your scholarship applica- useful for you? Do your work/family unique, they share common characteris- tion. Don‟t let the dates creep up or get commitments allow you to study over- tics. Generally, you'll be required to pro- confused.. seas or interstate? If so, in which city or duce one or two pieces of writing about country would you be comfortable living your background, interests and plans of for a year or more of your life? study. Spend serious amounts of time looking (You'll also be required to produce a CV, at different universities‟ websites, exam- or a CV-like document. The best policy ining the details of the courses they of- for both of these is ruthless honesty: the fer, the academics who teach there, and scholarship committees know puffery consider what you want to get out of the when they see it. Bear in mind that, de- experience. It may be the case that your pending on the scholarship, you may be real area of interest is not catered for by writing for an audience of non-lawyers. the Oxbridge/Ivy League universities, but is covered in greater and more useful depth at a slightly lesser-known univer- sity. In addition to the universities‟ web- sites, there are also some independent websites specializing in this sort of infor- mation (such as www.llm-guide.com), but always rely on the official university sites for important details. (3) Referees for your applications arships will require multiple stages of inter- view at state and/or national levels; others Most scholarships will require at least a will take place all in one day. couple of referees, some will require up to half a dozen. Note carefully whether you are So, how to prepare? Well, first, while schol- required to contact the referees or whether arship organizations may be reluctant to the scholarship body will contact them di- provide too much information, you are per- rectly, and whether the references are due fectly entitled to ask about the basic details before or after the deadline for you submit- of any interview. Second, don‟t put anything ting your scholarship application on your application form, CV or personal statement that you‟re not prepared to stand As to choosing referees, the best rule is to behind in an interview. Third, do your re- choose people who know you well – your search on the course and university at lecturers, lawyers you have worked for, or which you wish to study so you can answer people who have seen you work in a volun- the „Why this course? Why this uni?‟ ques- tary/extracurricular capacity – rather than tions. Fourth, keep up to date on news and trying to choose „big names‟ with whom you current affairs in your field and in wider may have had fleeting contact. Scholarship society. Fifth and finally, stay calm, relax as committees are more likely to be swayed by much as you can and enjoy the experience – a detailed reference from someone who after all, it‟s a conversation with interesting knows you well than they are by a superfi- people who have usually achieved much and cial reference from a celebrity. led interesting lives. Be sure to provide your referees with copies All the best! of all your application materials so they un- Ryan Goss derstand what it is you are applying to do – (Lincoln College, Oxford) and do this well in advance. (4) The scholarship interviews Ryan is a former BA/LLB student from the University of Queensland. At the comple- Most scholarships will hold one or more tion of his undergraduate degrees, Ryan interviews before the scholarships are was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to awarded. The style and content of these in- study at the University of Oxford. He com- terviews can vary wildly. Some interviews pleted the Bachelor of Civil Laws (a mas- will focus on you, your experiences/work/ ters-level qualification unique to Oxford) study, and what you want to do with your from September 2007 to July 2008 and is life. Other interviews will focus on current now doing a research M. Phil degree, a one events, international affairs, or develop- -year research thesis, specialising in as- ments in your field. Some interviews will be pects of European human rights law. before a panel of 8-10 interviewers; others will be before a panel of 1 or 2. Some schol- Cambridge Australia Trust Patron: Professor Anthony Low ÅO Fulton endowment scholarship; the FAHA FASSA FRHistS Kater family for the Kater scholarship; Chairman: Dr Simon Longstaff Professor Peter and Dr Barbara Treacy Hon. Treasurer: Professor Allan Bar- for the Oliphant scholarship; Professor ton FCPA Jan Anderson for the Newnham College Hon. Secretary: Professor Nicolas Pe- scholarship; the members of the Western terson FASSA Australian legal profession who contrib- uted to the F. A. Downing scholarship; The Cambridge Australia Trust (CAT) is and the many individual alumni who the Australian committee of the Cam- contribute to the Alumni Scholarship. bridge Commonwealth Trust. The princi- The Trust‟s work began in 1984 and over pal activities of the Trust are the raising three hundred students have been sup- and administration of funds for scholar- ported since the scheme began. ships, the selection of scholars and the keeping of an alumni database. In addition the Trust also awards schol- arships to support one-year masters The Trust awards up to ten PhD mainte- courses for graduates of a university in nance scholarships each year. These are Victoria. These funds have been gener- paid at the standard rate set by the Uni- ously provided by Mr Patrick Moore. versity. The maintenance costs are about one third of the annual costs of attending Applications for these scholarships are Cambridge, the other costs being made not received directly by the Cambridge up by the government levied overseas Australia Trust. Any Australian candi- research student fee, college fees and date will automatically be considered for other sundry expenses. The Trust‟s them if they fill in part B of the standard maintenance scholarships are allocated Board of Graduate Studies Application in conjunction with the Cambridge Com- form. monwealth Trust that provides addi- tional funds on a competitive basis to It is important to understand that you cover some or all of the other costs de- cannot apply directly for CAT scholar- pending on a means test. Scholarship ships. Provided you fill in Section B of funding for overseas students is in flux at the standard application form for gradu- the moment as the UK government has ate study of the Board for Graduate Stud- decided to phase out its Overseas Re- ies at Cambridge, you will automatically search Scholarships scheme (these were be considered for any scholarships for awarded through each university) and which you are eligible including CAT clear arrangements for replacement scholarships. scholarship funding have yet to emerge. For any further information please con- The funds for these scholarships have tact the Hon Secretary at Nico- been made possible by a range of people. las.Peterson@anu.edu.au. The first major benefactor was Mr Kerry Packer. The principal benefactor, how- The Trust‟s website may also be useful ever, is Dr Orde Poynton, now deceased. for students seeking further information: Other generous benefactors include Mr http:// Charles Allen for the Bragg, McCrum and www.cambridgeaustraliatrust.org.au/. Charles Allen scholarships; Professor Henry Bennett for the R.A. Fisher schol- arship; Barbara Fulton for the Barbara The C.A.S Hawker Scholarships Almost half of the seventeen success- House in Canberra on Wednesday “The Charles Hawker Scholarship is ful C.A.S. Hawker Scholars in the past April 29th. one of the most important in Austra- two years are currently studying law lia. I commend the Trustees for the at the ANU and the University of contribution the scholarship has al- Student, soldier, pastoralist and Adelaide. All are in residence at either ready made and will continue to statesman Charles Allan Seymour Burgmann College (ANU) or St make to the education of a number of Hawker died in the Kyeema air disas- Mark‟s College (U of A). outstanding young Australians,” Hon. ter on October 25 th, 1938. Others to David Hawker MP said. perish when the Kyeema crashed into The Charles Hawker Scholarships, Mt Dandenong were South Australian valued at up to $60,000.00 over four wine identities Mr. Sidney Hill Smith, There are a number of fully and years, are the most generous privately Mr. Hugo Gramp and Mr. Tom partly funded scholarships awarded funded scholarships available to both Hardy. each year. The Trustees offer them to undergraduate and post graduate stu- capable students of principle and The Kyeema passenger list also in- dents in Australia. character, who are committed to Aus- cluded a group of lawyers. They were tralia‟s future. returning to Sydney from Perth Since 1991, the Trustees have where they had been representing awarded more than four and a half Australia's doctors, through their cli- “Each of the recipients has displayed million dollars to eighty-three young ent the "British" Medical Association, a strong commitment to the ideals Australians, including a significant forerunner of the AMA, in a Royal upon which the Charles Hawker number from regional areas. The Commission enquiring into the intro- Scholarship Memorial Trust Fund is seven successful 2009 candidates duction of a National Health Scheme. founded. They are gifted scholars were selected from a strong field of with inquiring minds and have al- 250 applicants. Four are enrolled to The team was led by barrister Leo- ready contributed to the wider com- study double degrees, including law. nard Abraham‟s KC and included jun- munity. Charles Hawker had a lasting ior Alfred Gain and two solicitors impact on Australian politics and all from the leading firm of Allen Allen members of the federal house had an Undergraduate and postgraduate and Hemsley (now Allens Arthur enormous respect for him during his Hawker Scholars are able to attend a range of educational institutions. Robinson), Mr James Massie and Mr time as Australia‟s first Minister for Lancelot Shirley. Mr Shirley and his Commerce in the Lyons government These include the Australian Na- actuarial friend Gordon Goddard in the 1930s. tional, Adelaide, Flinders, South Aus- tralian and New England Universities were prominent members of and Marcus Oldham College. Post Queenscliff Surf Lifesaving Club. All He was a great Australian who of- graduate Charles Hawker Scholars eighteen passengers and crew per- fered his best through his commit- are able to follow in Charles Hawker‟s ished. ment to his country, countrymen and footsteps by enrolling at Trinity Col- women and democracy; these are val- lege and studying at Cambridge UK. “I congratulate the Trustees of the ues that I hope the scholars today Charles Hawker Scholarship for car- take with them into their studies. rying out the wishes of Charles Through his example and these schol- Selection is based on personal quali- Hawker‟s sister the late Lilias arships it‟s my hope that public ser- ties as well as academic ability. Appli- Needham. Mrs Needham established vice will be included in the career op- cations for the 2009 Charles Hawker the Scholarship trust in 1956 in mem- tions of recipients”, Hon David Scholarships open on Monday No- ory of her brother. These scholarships Hawker MP said. vember 30th 2009 and close on Janu- have provided opportunities for an ary 8th 2010. An application form increasing number of young Austra- lian students to undertake further The Charles Hawker Scholarship per- and further information is available petuates the memory and commemo- from www.hawkerscholarship.org or studies to achieve their full potential,” Hon. David Hawker MP said. rates the achievements of one of Aus- by contacting the secretary to the tralia‟s most respected pastoral pio- Trustees on 08 8127 1654. Describing the Charles Hawker neers. Born on May 16th 1894 at Bun- Scholarship as „Australia‟s Rhodes‟, garee homestead near Clare in South Former Speaker of the House of Rep- Hon. David Hawker MP encouraged Australia, Charles Hawker was edu- resentatives and Hawker family Australian students to visit the cated at Geelong Church of England member, Hon David Hawker MP, will Hawker Scholarship website to find Grammar School and Trinity College, present the seven successful 2009 out more about the remarkable Cambridge. students with their scholarship cer- Charles Hawker story and the schol- tificates at a function in the Member‟s arship named in his memory. For more information, students may Dining Room at Old Parliament visit www.hawkerscholarship.org. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office The Fulbright Chevening Scholarships Scholarships The Fulbright Scholarships are administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars on behalf of the United States Department of State, Bu- The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening reau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Ful- Programme was contacted and offered the opportu- bright Scholarship Programs provides a range of nity to contribute to this publication, but did not re- scholarships for educational exchanges, including for spond. Students may wish to learn more about this non-US Scholars to study in the United States. See Programme at http://www.chevening.com/. http://www.cies.org/About.htm for more informa- tion. The Gates Cambridge The Rhodes Scholarships Scholarships The Gates Cambridge Scholarship was contacted and The Rhodes Trust was contacted and offered the op- offered the opportunity to contribute to this publica- portunity to contribute to this publication, but did tion, but did not respond. Students may wish to learn not respond. Students may wish to learn more about more about this Programme at http:// these Scholarships at http://www.usyd.edu.au/ www.gatesscholar.org/. registrar/rhodes/index.shtml. The General Sir John Monash Awards Nature and history of the The General Sir John Monash Awards are offered by the General scholarship Sir John Monash Foundation to future leaders of their fields and leaders of the nation. The first Awards were made in 2004. The Awards honour Sir John Monash, a leader in his field of engineering and a leader of the nation, in war and in peace. Degrees supported Principally for a doctorate degree - PHD or DPhil. A Masters de- gree might be supported in exceptional circumstances. Value $50,000 per annum for up to 3 years Where it is tenable At any of the world‟s best universities, outside Australia. Selection criteria Outstanding intellect; leadership and altruism - community ser- vice/citizenship. Application process Written instructions to applicants and application and referee forms can be downloaded from the Foundation‟s Website. Only selected applicants will be interviewed. Deadline for applications 31 August, for studies commencing in the following calendar year Further information www.monashawards.org The Lionel Murphy Scholarships The Lionel Murphy Foundation was established in study any, or all, of the following: 1986 to provide a permanent institution to honour (a) The law and the legal system in a social context the unique contribution to public life in Australia of and their practical application; the Honourable Lionel Keith Murphy BSc, LLB, who (b) Science and/or the law as a means of attaining devoted his career in public life to the achievement of social justice and human rights and as vehicles for a more just and compassionate society. change; (c) International law as a developing force for The principal object of the Lionel Murphy Founda- peace and as a means of achieving the rule of law in tion is to provide postgraduate scholarship opportu- all nations. nities for the study of law and/or science, or other (d) Science as a tool for social benefit, particularly disciplines where there is opportunity for some com- in meeting the needs of those most disadvantaged mon good in Australia or overseas to scholars who within society. would otherwise not have the opportunity for further (e) Other disciplines, where the proposed nature study. and area of study are likely to promote the goals of social justice and benefit for the disad- Our website at http://lionelmurphy.anu.edu.au pro- vantaged. vides further information on the formation of the (6) Scholars are required to give regular interim pro- Foundation, its mission, its Trustees, and its schol- gress reports and to provide a full report to the Lionel ars. Murphy Foundation on completion of their studies, of their work and other activities undertaken as a Lionel Murphy Scholar. Terms & Conditions of Lionel Mur- (7) Scholars understand that the receipt of another phy Postgraduate Scholarships scholarship, award, funding, or the acceptance of paid employment, may lead to the reduction or with- drawal of the Lionel Murphy Scholarship and to the (1) A number of Australian and overseas postgradu- obligation to repay moneys to the Foundation, and ate scholarships are awarded annually by the Trus- that such decision will be at the absolute discretion of tees of the Lionel Murphy Foundation. These schol- the Trustees of the Lionel Murphy Foundation. arships are known as the Lionel Murphy Post- (8) Scholars are expected and encouraged to publish graduate Scholarships. The number of scholar- the results of their studies, and to acknowledge in ships awarded each year, and the method of pay- such publication/s the support of the Lionel Murphy ment, is determined by the Trustees in their absolute Foundation. discretion. (2) The scholarships are tenable at any Australian or overseas tertiary institution for one year only and are currently valued at $A40,000 each per annum. Applications for Scholarships (3) Applicants must be Australian citizens, or perma- nent residents who have been granted permanent Only completed applications on the current official residency by 31 October of the year prior to this ap- application form will be considered. Application plication AND in the case of permanent residents, forms are available on the website and by email on have lived in Australia continuously for the previous request. 12 months. All applications must be accompanied by three refe- (4) Applicants should have completed, or be about rees' reports. (Applications not accompanied by three to complete, an undergraduate degree in sci- references will be rejected without further considera- ence, law or legal studies, or other appropriate tion.) discipline from an Australian tertiary institu- Under no circumstances will late applications be con- tion, and intend to pursue a postgraduate de- sidered. gree in science, law or legal studies, or other (Scholarships must be taken in the year for which appropriate discipline. they are awarded.) (5) Preference is given to applicants who propose to The Rotary Scholarships Rotary International legal or permanent residence, or place of full time study or employment. Rotarians and their families Scholarships are ineligible. Academic Year Ambassadorial The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is Scholarships currently the world‟s largest private sponsor of university-level international scholarships. This scholarship is for one academic year of full time study at an overseas institution assigned by Their Scholarships program the Rotary Foundation Trustees. Supports approximately 800 students study- Most students are able to complete a Master‟s De- ing abroad annually, gree in an academic year of full time study. How- Introduces scholars and teachers to the cul- ever the scholarship may be used for one year of tures of over 70 different countries, vocational training. Sends abroad scholars and teachers from al- most 70 different countries, A grant of US$25,000 is intended to cover travel, Has created a worldwide network of over course fees, room and board and educational sup- 39,000 alumni, plies. The Foundation may fund some intensive Has empowered students and teachers to improve language training. international understanding for over half a cen- tury. Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholar- ship Ambassadorial This scholarship is for two years of full time degree -oriented study at an overseas institution assigned Scholarships by the Rotary Foundation Trustees. A grant of US$12,500 per year is intended to sup- plement the costs of pursuing one degree at one The Ambassadorial Scholarships Program sup- study institution. ports the vision of the Rotary Foundation to en- able Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace. Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship During the study period, scholars are expected to This scholarship is for either three or six months be outstanding ambassadors of goodwill to the of intensive language training and cultural immer- people of the host country through appearances sion at an overseas language school selected by the before Rotary clubs and districts, schools, civic Rotary Foundation Trustees. Applicants are ex- organisations, and other forums. After their study pected to have completed at least one year of col- has been completed, scholars share their experi- lege-level course work or equivalent of the pro- ences with people of their home countries and Ro- posed language of study. tarians who sponsored their scholarships. A grant of US$12,000 for a three month scholar- Eligibility ship and US$17,000 for a six month scholarship is Applicants must have completed at least two years intended to defray costs associated with travel, of university or college work, and must have been tuition fees and homestay expenses. Scholars will employed in a recognised vocation for at least two stay with local families when possible. years when the scholarship begins. All applicants must be citizens of a country in which there is a Application Procedures Rotary club. Applicants must initially apply Applications need to have the endorsement of a through a Rotary club located in the area of their local Rotary club. Contact The Rotary Foundation Office in Parramatta Ph (02) 9635 3537 or the Supervisor Bruce Allen Alumni work in a range of areas, including <Bruce.Allen@rotary.org> to determine your nongovernment organisations, national gov- nearest Rotary club and the District Scholar- ernments, the military, police, and bilateral ships Chairman, who will advise if that Dis- and international organisations such as the trict will be funding a particular scholarship United Nations, and the World Bank. in the coming year, the deadlines for applica- tions and will forward an application form. Eligibility A commitment to international under- Application Deadlines standing and peace through their professional Applications will generally need to be submit- and academic achievements and personal and ted to the appropriate Rotary club between community service activities, March and August of the year preceding study Bachelor‟s degree or equivalent in a re- abroad. Successful applicants are usually no- lated field, tified of their assignments by 15 December of the year of application. Minimum three years combined paid or unpaid full-time relevant work experience for the Master‟s degree program, Further Information Refer to the Ambassadorial Scholarships Ap- Proficiency in a second language for the plication Form or the Rotary International Master‟s program, website www.rotary.org for the terms of the Excellent leadership skills. scholarships and other relevant information. Rotarians and members of their families are ineligible to apply. Funding Rotary World The Fellowship funding is approximately US$60,000 and covers tuition and fees, room Peace Fellowships and board, travel, internship / field study ex- penses. If you want to change the world this fellow- ship could be for you! Rotary World Peace Application Deadlines Fellows are leaders promoting national and Applications need to be with your local Rotary international cooperation, peace, and the suc- Club and the Rotary District no later than 15 cessful resolution of conflict throughout their May in the year prior to the year of study. lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn a Master‟s degree Further Information in international relations, public administra- For further information about application tion, sustainable development, peace studies, procedures, eligibility, and responsibilities of and conflict resolution, or a related field, or a recipients view the Rotary International web- professional development certificate in peace site www.rotary.org/rotarycenters. Also con- and conflict resolution. tact The Rotary Foundation Office in Par- ramatta Ph (02) 9635 3537 or the Supervisor Up to 110 Rotary World Peace Fellows are Bruce Allen <Bruce.Allen@rotary.org> to de- selected each year to study at the 8 Rotary termine your nearest Rotary club and the Dis- Centres for International Studies located in trict Scholarships Chairman who, in turn will Thailand, North Carolina USA (2), Mitaka in be able to advise you of the deadlines for ap- Tokyo, Buenos Aires Argentina, Berkeley plications and will forward an application USA, Bradford UK and Brisbane Australia. form. The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarships in Law The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarships in Law to the United Kingdom, which com- menced in 1982, are awarded in memory of the Right Hon Sir Robert Menzies, Prime Minister of Australia from 1939 to 1941 and from 1949 to 1966. The scholarships are funded by the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Trust in London with sup- port from the Menzies Foundation in Australia, the Australian Department of Education, Em- ployment and Workplace Relations and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This prestig- ious scholarship provides emoluments to meet compulsory university fees and charges and contributes substantially towards the cost of books, living and travel. The Scholarship selection criteria take into account in the first place academic achievement, but also those qualities in candidates which Sir Robert Menzies held in high esteem: i. Academic excellence. ii. Leadership, both proven and potential. iii. Extra-curricular activities and interests. iv. Ability to contribute to the life of a British university. v. Interest in the service of others. So that Australia may benefit from the experience and knowledge gained, candidates are asked to indicate the career they hope to follow on return to Australia. The selection process seeks individuals who are academically outstanding, are likely to attain prominence in Australia and, in their subsequent careers, make a contribution to British/Australian relations and under- standing. The Scholarships are awarded to Australian postgraduate students of the highest calibre. Four former Menzies Scholars are currently members of the Menzies Foundation‟s Board of Direc- tors and many hold academic positions at professorial level or are partners in Australia‟s lead- ing law firms. One is a Federal Court Judge and another a Justice of the Supreme Court, West- ern Australia. In 2008, two scholarships were awarded to: Mr Thomas Prince who holds the degrees of LLB with First Class Honours and the Univer- sity Medal (2008) and BSc with First Class Honours and the University Medal (2006) from the University of Sydney. Tom will undertake the degree of LLM at University College London commencing in October 2009. Ms Aparna Rao who holds the degrees of LLB with First Class Honours and the University Medal and BSc (2007) from the Australian National University. Aparna will undertake the degrees of BCL and MPhil at Oxford University commencing in October 2009. Applications for 2009 (for study commencing in October 2010) close on 31 August 2009. The prospectus and application forms are available from the Menzies Foundation‟s website at www.menziesfoundation.org.au.