The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies Leadership Scholarship

Publish Date: Aug 29, 2016

Deadline: Oct 14, 2016


The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies Leadership Scholarship is one of the most valuable engineering, information technologies and project management undergraduate scholarships offered in Australia in terms of financial support and leadership development.

The Scholarship provides high performing students within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies the ability to advance their growth as industry professionals and leaders.

Benefits to you

This Scholarship provides many opportunities, including:

  • A structured professional experience program with some of Australia's leading firms, providing you with the opportunity to learn in the field, allowing you to graduate with unique business and leadership skills.
  • Participation in the Faculty’s Leadership Program, which will provide you with a foundation in the following:
    1. Skills and knowledge in self-leadership.
    2. Capacity to build and work effectively in teams.
    3. The ability to understand relationship and stakeholder management.
    4. An instilled ethical and social responsibility mindset.
    5. Ability to cultivate a systems-thinking approach to problem solving.
  • Access to a valuable industry network with functions where you can meet with alumni, government and industry leaders - including from their professional experience organisation.
  • Opportunities for participation in international collaborations.
  • Ongoing mentoring from academic staff and others.
  • $18,000 per annum to provide financial support during your studies. This would be for a period of three years for
  • Information Technologies and Project Management courses, and four years for those in a Bachelor of Engineering course.
  • Access to additional support and resources from both the Faculty and industry placement provider.


To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • must obtain an ATAR of 98 or higher in the NSW HSC or equivalent
  • qualify to enter and enrol into an undergraduate program in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies at the
  • University of Sydney, and commence in Semester 1, 2017

Selection Criteria

In addition to academic ability, applicants are selected based on their interpersonal skills, leadership qualities, communication skills, creativity, self-motivation and achievements in non-academic pursuits and involvement in both school and community activities.

As part of your online application, you will need to:

  • Address each of the above skills separately while completing the online application form using no more than 150 words for each skill outlined above. As a helpful tip, you should type up your responses in a separate word document and copy and paste your responses into the online form.
  • Attach a copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Enter your year 11 and year 12 school results into the applicable fields. You will also need to attach copies of your year 11 and 12 reports to the online application.

The Scholarship will be awarded by the Director of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies Leadership Program and the Faculty Associate Dean (Education), or their delegate.

Applicants may need to attend an interview as part of the selection process. Interviews will be held as soon as the HSC examinations conclude. Later interviews will be held for those completing the IB.

The interviews may have representatives from some of our industry partners present. Industry representatives in attendance will have access to shortlisted applications.

Those attending interviews may also be asked to complete an industry type activity as part of their interview. Further instructions to assist those attending interviews will be provided closer to the time.

Diversity and Equity

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney values and promotes diversity and wishes to ensure students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to apply and receive one of our prestigious Leadership Scholarships. As such the Faculty wishes to additionally encourage the following to apply:

Valuing Diversity

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants
Female applicants
LGBTIQ identifying applicants

Ensuring equity


  • with a disability, and/or
  • who are experiencing financial hardship, and/or
  • whose family has suffered hardship that affected their studies, and/or
  • who have/are experiencing medical hardship (short term medical hardship that has affected their studies)
  • are rural or remote and that attended an Educational Access Scheme School -, and or
  • have experienced other hardships that can be demonstrated to have affected an applicant’s studies during their HSC.

To be considered under our diversity and equity scheme applicants must provide a 200 word statement addressing how they meet the relevant diversity/equity criteria and the benefit the Scholarship would have for them. Supporting documentation must be provided where relevant/possible. For example, those addressing the disability or medical hardship criteria should have a supporting letter from their local GP. For financial hardship, you may supply a statement from Centrelink or other documentation that demonstrates your financial hardship. Female, LGBTIQ and rural/remote students will not need to supply additional supporting documentation unless they wish to do so. ATSI applicants must also provide documentary proof such as a letter of confirmation from your local Land Council or other relevant reference.

Payment and other details

Payments shall be made in equal instalments after the Census dates of each semester, subject to satisfactory academic performance deemed to be a minimum of credit average (65%) or above each semester. Scholars shall not hold any other primary scholarship simultaneously. Deferment of the Scholarship is also not permitted. Students must also be available and commit to the compulsory professional experience placements that form part of this Scholarship.

Relevant dates

Applications Open – Wednesday 17 August 2016

Applications Close – Friday 14 October 2016

Interviews* – Monday 14 to Friday 18 November 2016

Conditional offers sent – By Thursday 1 December 2016

Full offers sent – Friday 16 December 2016 (same day as the release of ATARs)

*IB students will have their interviews scheduled as soon as their exams conclude. Offer dates will also vary in line with the corresponding dates when IB results are released. 

Final tips to complete your application

  • Complete your responses in a Word document first and save the file. This allows you to take the time to think about your responses and work through them. Due to privacy constraints you unfortunately cannot save the actual application part way through the process.
  • Be as concise as possible. 
  • Make sure you read through your answers to ensure there are no grammatical or spelling errors. 
  • Ensure you have read through our other UG scholarships on offer within the Faculty of Engineering and IT. You can apply for more than one scholarship in your application. 
  • Read through the applicable terms and conditions for this Scholarship which can be found below. 
  • When adding your attachments, think about would be relevant. While you might attach a copy of your Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, copies of certificates achieved during school prior to year 11 are likely not to be relevant for the purposes of the Scholarship. 
  • You do not need a written reference from your school for this particular Scholarship.

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