The Playford Trust is delighted to partner with Codan to offer a 2019 Honours engineering scholarship in the field of electronics, telecommunications or mechatronics. The scholarship is valued at $7000.

Codan uses technology to solve communications, safety, security and productivity problems in the harshest environments on earth. Founded in 1959 in Adelaide, South Australia, the company has expanded to have a truly global footprint, with offices in the US, Canada, Ireland, UAE and South Africa. Codan’s customers include some of the world’s largest and best aid and humanitarian organisations, mining companies, security and military groups and governments. Its products are sold in more than 150 countries, with exports representing approximately 85% of revenue.

The successful applicant for this scholarship will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement at Codan over the summer period preceding the scholarship. The aim is to help the student develop skills and knowledge and enhance their industry experience. They will work on projects in a collaborative environment, actively contributing and drawing on the experience of others. The type of work to be undertaken – and level of commitment – will be negotiated between the successful student and the company.

Applications for the 2019 scholarship closed Monday 5 November 2018.

Selection Criteria

The Trust will consider nominations from students studying at one of the three South Australian universities, and reserves the right to accept or reject any or all of the nominations. Codan and the Playford Trust will jointly make the final selection. The decision will be based on the following selection criteria:

Applicants must be:

  • ready to commence Honours in engineering in the fields of electronics, telecommunications or mechatronics at one of South Australia’s three universities
  • an Australian citizen or a holder of a permanent resident visa and resident in South Australia
  • intending to spend a significant part of their career in South Australia, or be likely to provide a benefit to the State
  • a high achiever, with an excellent undergraduate academic record
  • of good character. Preference will be given to students who display leadership potential.

Preference will also be given to students who are innovative and collaborative and share the values that drive Codan’s culture of excellence – can-do; high performing; customer driven; openness and integrity.

It is essential that the applicant’s supervisor or an academic referee (e.g. dean of school/faculty, or lecturer) provides a supporting comment about the student’s achievements, character and leadership potential.