John and Eric Smyth Travelling Scholarship

The lucrative and prestigious John and Eric Smyth Travelling Scholarship is aimed at supporting applicants who show potential as a researcher or teacher. The scholarship is open to applicants who have completed a teaching degree OR have completed a Masters degree in education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, and are aged under 30 at the time of application. It offers a stipend as well as travel, accommodation and tuition fees (if applicable) for a period of one year to a maximum of two years. The recipient can use the scholarship to support a study program overseas.

Applications open

1 Oct 2018

Applications close

15 Mar 2019

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $100,000

Applicable study areas

Education, teaching and training

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 1

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  • Eligibility & selection criteria

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be under 30 years of age on the specified closing date
    • have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne, and a post-graduate teaching qualification, OR hold a teaching qualification from another university, and have completed a Masters in Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne
    • demonstrate an aptitude in teaching and an ability to research education (note: this may be demonstrated through strong performances in Professional Practice subjects completed as a part of your teaching qualification)
    • be keen to make an exciting career move, and
    • would like to pursue research or teaching interests at an overseas institution or setting.

    Selection criteria

    To assess your potential as a researcher or teacher, the selection panel needs to evaluate your teaching and/or research potential.  Some applicants will have a strong background in teaching, and others in research. Equal weighting will be given to each.  If you have strengths in both areas, each of these will be taken into account.

    The following criteria will apply:

    • If you are applying for this Scholarship via the research route
      • You will be assessed according to academic marks and grades received in your most recent University qualifications. You would need to have an average of H1 / 80%.
      • You will also be assessed on any research that you have undertaken.
      • Ideally, you will also have some teaching experience.
    • If you are applying for this Scholarship via the teaching route
      • An average of at least H1 or 80% would be preferred, but this minimum grade/mark may be waived for those who show potential as an outstanding teacher.  The panel needs to be confident that the applicant would be capable of writing a high-quality report (see ‘The Project’ under 'Application process' below).
      • Your current contributions to education in Australia.
      • Ideally, you will be able to demonstrate an ability to research the field of education.

    It is a condition of the scholarship that you are expected to return to Australiasia within three years of the termination of the scholarship and hold a position in the field of education for a minimum of two years.

    If you do not undertake formal study at a university overseas, you will write and present an 8,000 to 10,000 word report to MGSE.

    John Smyth stated in his Will that he wishes the winner to remember John Smyth and his son Eric Smyth throughout their career, and, once they have established themselves, to contribute back to the John and Eric Smyth travelling fund and so perpetuate the spirit which originated the fund.

  • Application process

    The following guidelines outline what you need to do to make an application for this Scholarship.

    EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

    1. Check that you meet the Criteria (above).
    2. Write an Expression of Interest of 500 words that outlines the kind of project you would like to do or the course that you would like to undertake and why you wish to undertake that course.
    3. Email this to mgse-experience@unimelb.edu.au. Expressions of Interest (EOI) must be received by midnight (AEST) 9 February 2019.
    4. Within two weeks you will receive a response indicating whether you have been invited to submit an application

    APPLICATION

    • If you are asked to submit an application, you will be put in touch with the MGSE’s Assistant Dean (Research Training) to discuss what your Project might look like.  This will help you to prepare an application - a document that that outlines the Project (read the section on Project below) and a Budget.
    • For coursework students, you will be put in touch with the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) so that you may discuss how you could contribute to MGSE and more broadly, education in Australia, following successful completion of the course.
    • You will need to submit your application by the nominated date as directed by MGSE.

    After you submit your application, you may be contacted by the Selection Officer to attend an interview or to provide the Selection Committee with extra information.

    The Project (for students undertaking research abroad)

    1. You will need to think carefully about what your project will be. At the Expression of Interest stage you could think about what your main researchable idea is, and which overseas universities or systems of education you could plan to visit to develop your idea.
    2. One possibility is to align your idea with the research strengths and directions of the MGSE.  This will give you an opportunity to tap into the extensive overseas networks we have built up.  Find out about these areas of research: https://www.findanexpert.unimelb.edu.au/
    3. If you are invited to submit an Application, you will have the opportunity to discuss the topic you would like to research with the Assistant Dean (Research Training) who will link you with a mentor with expertise on this topic.  The mentor will help you to frame your project.
    4. You will then devise a plan of visits/studies, and a (broadly) costed itinerary for the time you expect to be overseas.

    Subject and course overview (for students undertaking coursework abroad)

    1. You will need to think carefully about how you will use your study to further education in Australia and what you plan to do with your studies once you return to Australia.
    2. You will need to show that during your studies you will undertake some research and produce a written paper as part of the course.
    3. You will then devise a plan of visits/studies, and a (broadly) costed itinerary for the time you expect to be overseas.
  • When will I know the outcome?

    Within two weeks of submitting an Expression of Interest you will receive a response indicating whether you have been invited to submit an application.

  • About the donor

    John Smyth

    John Smyth (pronounced Smith) was the first Professor of Education at the University of Melbourne.  He set up the John and Eric Smyth Travelling Scholarship to commemorate his son Eric, a medical student, who died from an accidental poisoning by carbon monoxide in the bathroom when he was only 23.  John donated the sum that would have paid for Eric’s education and post-graduate study abroad on top of what he set aside originally to establish this fund.  His wish was that the recipient be of excellent character and that they be force for good and that they be possessed of a strong desire to uplift humanity

What are the benefits?

The lucrative and prestigious John and Eric Smyth Travelling Scholarship is aimed at supporting applicants who show potential as a researcher or teacher.  It offers a generous stipend as well as travel, accommodation and tuition fees (if applicable) for a period of one year to a maximum of two years.  The recipient can use the scholarship to support a study program overseas:

  • study education and allied subjects at a university
  • study education systems
  • study a subject related to the teaching profession

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