Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Engineering

We're looking for the best and brightest engineers who are looking to do further postgraduate study overseas. The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Engineering is valued at up to AU$75,000 per year.

To be eligible, applicants must hold a first class honours degree or a Master of Engineering with a distinction average and be planning to continue their career in Australia on completion of their study.

Read through the FAQs and Prospectus below.

Applications are now closed and will open again in June 2017. The 2016 scholarship recipient was announced at our award ceremony in Sydney on 17 November 2016.

Frequently Asked Questions


Is there an age limit for applicants?

No, there are no age restrictions for this scholarship.  We ask for the year you were born for statistical purposes only.

I am not an Australian Citizen, but I have Permanent Residency; may I apply for a scholarship?

Yes.  At the time of application, you must be Australian citizens or have permanent residency as defined in the 2007 Australian Citizenship Act.

When will you let applicants know if they are shortlisted for interview?

If selected for interview, you will be invited by email in the week commencing 4 September. Interviews will take place in mid-September.

On the website it states the scholarship is valued at up to AUD75,000 per year. What happens if my course is going to cost more than that?

If the cost of your degree is more than the equivalent of AUD75,000 per year, you will be required to self-fund the difference in cost each year.

Under what conditions can you have other financial support and a Menzies scholarship at the same time?

You are able to hold small grants/bursaries for activities that are essential to the successful completion of the degree, such as travel grants. All financial assistance must be listed in the scholarship application form.


If during my course I wish to upgrade from a one or two-year course to a PhD, can I extend the scholarship?

No. The scholarship is awarded for the time period requested in your application.  The scholarship period, university and course are specified in the letter of award. Should you wish to extend your studies you will need to secure alternate funding.

Am I able to apply for extensions or defer the scholarship?

Menzies Scholarships do not provide for any leave entitlements. In exceptional circumstances and on written application, suspension of the scholarship may be considered for a period but additional funds to cover this period are not part of the scholarship guidelines.

Application form

Do you need to know about past scholarships and awards, or only future scholarships and awards I am applying for?

Past scholarships and awards may be listed to support your application. We require knowledge of currently held scholarship and future scholarship and award applications. Named scholarships of similar purpose or substantial value may render you ineligible for a Menzies Foundation scholarship.

Do we only need to mention scholarships over a certain value when listing ones we’ve applied for?

You must list any named scholarships of similar purpose to the Menzies Foundation scholarship or of substantial value.

Do I need to have an official transcript, or is a certified unofficial transcript OK?

We require a scanned copy of the original or legally certified copy of your official transcript.


Prospectus and Conditions of Award

1.0 Purpose

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 2016 and taken up no later than October 2017.

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.

2.0 Tenure

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 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.

2.5 The successful candidate will be expected to take up the scholarship in the 2016 academic year.

3.0 The Award

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

3.2 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.

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

3.4 The recipient agrees to participate in a network of Menzies scholars and fellows, as appropriate.

3.5 The Foundation reserves the right to make no award in a particular year.

4.0 Qualifications

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 Melbourne at the time of selection in mid-September 2015.

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.

5.0 Personal Qualities

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 account of the academic achievement of the candidate, the proposed course of study, and also those qualities 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 the university

6.0 Selection Procedure

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 mid-September 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.

7.0 Emoluments

7.1 The scholarship provides emoluments up to AU$75,000 per annum to meet compulsory university fees and charges and to contribute towards the cost of books, equipment, living and travel. 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 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 the course of study specified in the letter of award.

8.0 Method of Application

8.1 The secure online application form is available from the Menzies Foundation website at 

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

8.3 For queries about the guidelines or questions in the form, please contact the Menzies Foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications are now closed and will open again in June 2017.

Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Engineering for 2015 - See more at:

2017 Scholarships in Engineering Awarded

The recipient of the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Engineering for 2017 is Mr Olsen Garland. Olsen will commence his scholarship at the London Business School in 2017.

Olsen Garland

Olsen Garland headshot2017 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Engineering

Olsen Garland has been awarded the 2017 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Engineering for his outstanding academic record, including the 2013 University Medal from the University of Newcastle, and his contribution to community.

Olsen graduated with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with First Class Honours in 2013. He is the youngest-elected chairman of the Electrical Branch of Engineers Australia and acts as a mentor with university students. Olsen volunteers for the NSW SES and has competed in national cycling competitions.

Olsen was awarded the scholarship to complete an MBA at the London Business School.