Len Stevens Scholarship

This scholarship supports high-performing graduate students within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology to undertake a project or experience beyond the core requirements of their studies. 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. 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.

Applications open

7 Jul 2023

Applications closed

10 Sep 2023

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $15,000

Applicable study areas

Computing and Information; Engineering

Number of scholarships awarded

At least 1

  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be enrolled in a graduate coursework or research higher degree within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology;
    • have completed at least one semester of study if enrolled in a graduate coursework program OR, be post-confirmation if enrolled in a research higher degree program;
    • propose to participate in an extra curricular experience beyond your course assessment requirements

    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!

    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.

    Go on... THINK BIG!

    Selection criteria

    • A proposal for an experience that will enhance your study and broaden general experience;
    • A time-frame for the proposed experience, which must be within the candidature or while you are still enrolled in your current course;
    • A detailed budget, limited to a maximum of $15,000, including any alternative sources of funding.
    • A 500–1000 word personal statement outlining:
      • your career aspirations
      • the impact of the opportunities which the experience would enable you to pursue
      • the ambassadorial potential for the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology.
    • Shortlisted students will be required to attend an interview in mid/end of October.

  • Application process

    Submit an online application via the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology graduate research scholarships webpage for current students.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Shortlisted students will need to be available to attend a panel interview around mid-late October.

    All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately eight weeks after the application close date.

  • About the donor

    Leonard Stevens

    A respected member of the school's community, Emeritus Professor Leonard Stevens AM, played a crucial role in the changing face of Australia's infrastructure over the past 60 years. Graduating with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering in 1950, Professor Stevens went on to serve as a staff member, Head of Department and as Dean of Engineering for nearly a decade throughout the 1970-1980s. Due to the financial support he received throughout his academic career, Professor Stevens has strongly championed the creation of scholarship opportunities for others.

    The Len Stevens Scholarship was established in perpetuity through an Appeal celebrating 150 years of engineering education at the University of Melbourne in 2011, thanks to the generosity of the MSE Foundation and the School's community of alumni and donors.

What are the benefits?

A single payment equal up to $15,000. The exact amount will be determined by the selection committee.

For complete listings of faculty-specific scholarships, please see individual faculty websites.

The information listed here is subject to change without notice. Where we have listed information about jointly run scholarships programs, please also see our partners' websites. Information describing the number and value of scholarships awarded is indicative.