Honours scholarship

Playford Trust

The Playford Trust, in partnership with WSP, offers a $7000 scholarship for a student in Honours or fourth year studying civil, structural, mechanical or electrical engineering.

WSP is one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consulting firms, dedicated to local communities and propelled by international brainpower. They are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, planners, surveyors, environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. They design lasting Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Resources (including Mining and Industry), Water, Power and Environmental solutions, as well as provide project delivery and strategic consulting services.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop their skills and enhance their industry participation through a summer vacation placement with WSP.  The work placement will involve technical engineering design, site inspections/surveys, and design modelling within the Transport, Property, Resources, Environment or Water sectors within WSP. The work experience will be for up to a six-week flexible period and offers the opportunity for a potential ongoing paid internship and future employment.

WSP provides a diverse and inclusive working environment and pro-actively supports and engages in sustainable design practices. We seek to sponsor a student with enthusiasm and drive to deliver outcomes that add value to our business and our clients.


Selection Criteria

The Playford 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.

WSP and the Playford Trust will jointly make the final selection, with an interview process for the final shortlisted applicants.

Applicants must be:

  • ready to commence Honours or fourth year electrical, civil or mechanical engineering at one of the three South Australian universities
  • an Australian citizen or a holder of a permanent resident visa who have their family base in regional South Australia
  • intending to spend a significant part of their career in South Australia, or 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 have a keen focus on developing skills in technical engineering and consulting, and have confidence and experience with human interaction and digital communication.

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.