The Playford Trust in partnership with the three South Australian Universities offer a total of 12 scholarships of $5,000 each annually to South Australians intending to study at Honours level in the priority areas of the Trust.
There are four scholarships allocated to each of the three universities and the universities are asked to nominate students for the consideration of the Trust. It is expected that the universities will select the highest calibre students through an internal process that takes account of the selection criteria.
Students must be undertaking an Honours degree with The University of Adelaide, Flinders University or University of South Australia in the following priority areas for the Trust:
- Agriculture and Food Production
- Water, Energy and Climate Change
- Advanced Manufacturing and New Technologies
- Mining and Resources Development.
A panel with representatives from the Playford Trust will make the final selection. The panel’s decision will be based on an assessment of the following:
- Students are Australian citizens or a holder of a permanent resident visa, and are South Australian residents who are likely to spend a significant part of their career in South Australia or are likely to provide a benefit to the State resulting from their studies.
- Students are high achievers with an excellent undergraduate academic record.
- Students could include those moving on in the following year to a PhD program in a priority area for the Trust.
- Students are of good character with preference given to students who display leadership potential.
The Trust would consider a case where the university feels that a particular student has had to overcome a significant disadvantage that may have affected, to some degree, their academic record. In such instances, the university should indicate the nature of the disadvantage and make a case for its confidence in the ultimate success of the student in making an impact in his or her chosen field.
Awards will be made to students only when the nominating university is able to demonstrate a rigorous selection process behind their nominations.
The student’s supervisor, Head of Department or an academic referee such as the Dean of the School or senior lecturer is required to comment about the student’s achievements, character and leadership potential.
Disclosure of any other awards or scholarships held by the student is required.