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Selection and Guidelines


Selection will be made:


  1. From a written application and introductory video;

  2. By a state-based face-to-face interview; and

  3. A final national, face-to-face interview.

Partners and family are not permitted to travel with the scholar during group travel (Australian Focus Program, Contemporary Scholars Conference and Global Focus Program) but are encouraged to participate with the scholar during the individual study component. 

Considerable help is available from scholar alumni to assist new scholars to plan their individual research program, including mentoring.

Nuffield reserves the right to terminate the scholarship if the scholar has neglected the obligations explicit in the award.



These guidelines must be understood and agreed to before submitting an application. 

Compulsory dates for various scholarship components are also set out on the 'scholarship calendar' page.  

Application and Interview 

  1. All applicants must be either a citizen or permanent resident of Australia.

  2. Applications must be completed via an online form with an introductory video also submitted. No applications will be accepted after the closing date.

  3. Application forms and references remain the property of Nuffield.

  4. State selection committees will review applications and interview short-listed applicants. All applicants must be available face-to-face on the nominated interview date/s in their preferred state/territory. 

  5. State selection committees recommend those for final interviews. All applicants must be available on the nominated national interview date/s.

  6. The selection committee decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

  7. All scholarships are offered subject to confirmation of investor arrangements.

  8. All successful applicants are required to sign a contract. Nuffield reserves the right to discontinue a scholarship if it deems the applicant is incapable of fulfilling the scholarship requirements and will seek the return of all moneys disbursed.

  9. A bursary of $40,000 will be paid to the scholar for group and individual study. $3,000 is withheld and paid upon completion of a satisfactory report.

  10. An unsuccessful applicant may re-apply providing they meet the eligibility and guidelines.

National Conference 

  1. As part of the National Conference, successful applicants will have one full briefing day prior to being announced at an Awards Dinner. All scholarship winners must attend a) the briefing day, b) awards dinner, c) two conference days and d) a one-and-a-half day regional tour. 

  2. It is strongly encouraged that scholarship winners’ spouse/partner accompany the scholar to a) the briefing day; and  b) awards dinner. Nuffield will cover the spouse/partner’s air travel costs.  


  1. The scholarship must be taken at the advertised time, subject to any unforeseen changes in travel restrictions. Nuffield will assist the scholar to ensure the safe and timely completion of the scholarship.

  2. Scholarship tenure is two years from the Awards Dinner. Nine weeks of travel are organised group travel – 1) National Conference, 2) Australian Focus Program, 3) Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC) and 4) Global Focus Program (GFP).

  3. Partners and family are not permitted to travel with the scholar during the CSC, AFP and GFP.

  4. Accommodation for the AFP, CSC and GFP is based on twin share arrangements, and scholars must adhere to this, except in exceptional circumstances and at extra, own cost. 

  5. For group coordination, safety and insurance reasons, Nuffield's travel coordinator is responsible for all travel arrangements for the CSC and GFP.

  6. Approximately 50% of the bursary will be expended on the GFP. Scholars will need to make a monetary contribution to overall costs of the scholarship, which will vary according to how many times the scholar travels overseas, countries visited, other parties (family) participation and exchange rates.

  7. The individual research component is four/five weeks. 

  8. The scholar is responsible for obtaining a passport, relevant visas and currency.

  9. Scholars should seek medical advice on their health and fitness and for any medical requirements relating to their travel, including vaccinations.

  10. Nuffield has corporate travel insurance available to scholars for the duration of their scholarship for a small fee, deducted from the bursary. There are excesses in place for claims relating to personal items. It is recommended that scholars seek advice to determine if this covers all individual needs.

  11. Scholars will cover their own telephone and communication costs.

  12. Scholars must have access to email and and other forms of electronic communication used by Nuffield Australia prior to departure. The use of social media, including blogs is also encouraged.

  13. Scholars will contact the CEO and their scholarship investor several times during their travel, keeping them advised of their progress.

  14. Scholars must write a comprehensive report of their study topic that reflects their learnings over the scholarship tenure. This must be produced in the provided format and submitted within an agreed timeline set out in the scholarship agreement.  

  15. Scholars are ambassadors for Australia, their industry, Nuffield and themselves, and must conduct themselves in a manner befitting their role at all times. Nuffield reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship and seek the return of all funds if, at the sole discretion of the Board, any scholar has conducted themselves in an unbecoming manner.

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