Len Stevens Scholarship

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The Len Stevens Scholarship provides the recipient with an exciting opportunity to undertake a program of extracurricular learning of their choice, either locally or internationally. The proposed program could be in community development, humanitarian programs or could involve visits to universities, research centres or labs. Applicants are encouraged to think big!


The scholarship is open to students who are:

  • Enrolled in a graduate coursework or research higher degree within the Melbourne School of Engineering
  • Planning to participate in a program that will enhance their study and broaden general experience
  • Post-confirmation if a PhD student, or have completed at least their first semester if undertaking a masters by research


One or more scholarships may be awarded with a value of up to $15,000.

Selection criteria

The following will be considered by the selection committee:

  • A proposal for a program that will enhance the applicant’s program of study and broaden general experience.
  • A time-frame for the proposed program, which must be within the candidature or during the program of study. It should be post-confirmation for a PhD student and after the first semester for a student taking a Master of Engineering.
  • A 100 word abstract summarising the proposed experience.
  • A detailed overview of activities planned and other organisations involved.
  • A detailed budget, limited to a maximum of $15,000, including any alternative sources of funding.
  • A 500–1000 word personal statement outlining the applicant’s aspirations as an engineer and the impact of the opportunities which the experience would enable them to pursue and their ambassadorial potential for the School of Engineering.

Shortlisted students will be required to attend an interview.

Program examples

The Len Stevens Scholarship has been created to support students to undertake learning opportunities beyond your course – things that will extend your learning experience beyond what you will do within your University of Melbourne course. What experience will provide great opportunities to learn, network and explore concepts that are highly beneficial and relevant to your university studies without forming part of your assessment?

Examples of past successful applications include:

  • Creation of a biogas project at CERES Community Park in Brunswick to educate schoolchildren and the local community about waste-to-energy, and travel to Cambodia to learn from the engineering team who developed the biogas digester machine.
  • A three-month research stay in France to work with an expert researcher, followed by a visit to a USA lab and attendance at an international research conference – all of these experiences benefited the student through learning, collaboration and extending the student’s network in the field.
  • An educational trip to the UK and USA to learn about energy geo-structures – three weeks with an international researcher, five construction projects visited, followed by an international conference on sustainable cities.

While current international travel restrictions are in place, viable components of your project may include experiences such as virtual conferences, leadership courses or domestic fieldwork.

Go on … think big!


Instructions on how to apply and what to include in your application are outlined in the online application form.

Applications are now open until Sunday 20 September.

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