Honours scholarship

Playford Trust

The Playford Trust, in partnership with WSP, offers a $10,000 scholarship for a student in Honours or fourth year studying civil, structural, mechanical, electrical engineering or environmental studies.

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 engineering skills and enhance their industry participation through a work placement with WSP.  The work placement will provide invaluable project specific experience within one of our market led business groups (Transport, Property, Energy and Resources, Earth and Environment or Water). The services that WSP provides in each of these sectors comprises of a wide variety of specialisations including the mechanical, electrical, civil, structural engineering disciplines in addition to project management, sustainability, earth sciences. 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.

We recommend you begin your application as soon as possible and complete as much as you can this year. This allows the Trust to pass your details on to the company early.

WSP provides a diverse and inclusive working environment and pro-actively supports and engages in sustainable design practices.

Applications for 2024 have now closed.

Selection Criteria

The Playford Trust will consider nominations from students studying at one of the three South Australian public 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 civil, structural, mechanical, electrical engineering or environmental studies at one of the three public South Australian 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 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
  • be available to complete the six week work placement within 6 months of receiving the scholarship.

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.