Scholarship Rules


Note that these rules were correct as at 17th June 2015.

This website has been developed to supplement the information provided by the University of Queensland online – however, if there is any discrepancy, the advice and guidance provided directly by the University of Queensland shall take precedence.

  1. The object of the scholarship is to enable engineering graduates of Queensland universities to obtain special experience abroad in aspects of the electricity supply industry so the industry in Australia may benefit by the knowledge and experience thus gained by them.
  2. The scholarship shall be tenable for a period of not less than 9 months and not more than 18 months, subject to agreement between the scholar and the scholar’s employer, in accordance with a program approved by the Advisory Committee. An award shall be made every 2 years. The value of the award shall be AU$3,500 per month.
  3. The scholarship shall be awarded by the University of Queensland on the recommendation of an Advisory Committee consisting of representatives of the following sectors of Queensland’s electricity supply industry and The University of Queensland
    • Electricity distribution
    • Electricity transmission
    • Power generation
    • Consulting engineering
    • School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
    • A manufacturer of electrical equipment
  4. E.S. Cornwall Industry Scholarships shall be on similar terms and the duration and value of the award shall be agreed with the scholar’s employer together with the final agreed work program.
  5. A candidate shall be an engineering graduate from a Queensland university. In making the award, consideration shall be given to the work of the candidate during the university course, a general capacity for benefitting by overseas experience, and the nature of the proposed program of work. Preference will be given to candidates with 3 to 5 years work experience.
  6. The scholar shall pursue outside Australia, a program of work approved by the Advisory Committee, and the Advisory Committee will, if the scholar so desires, assist him/her in preparing his/her program.  The work should ordinarily consist of either:
    1. employment by a company involved in a relevant aspect of the electricity supply, manufacturing, or research, or by 2 or more of such bodies in succession, the employment being for the most part in a responsible capacity in a field approved by the committee; or
    2. study for a higher degree

    Applicants are encouraged to consider the practicality of visit-ing/working for organisations in China/Asia for part of their program of work, where these organisations are showing leadership in the applicant’s proposed area of study.

    With the approval of the Advisory Committee, which may be obtained at any stage, the scholar may carry out minor investigations abroad on behalf of a specific organisation in the Australian electricity supply industry.  Other financial support is allowable and details must be furnished to the Advisory Committee.

  7. The scholar shall submit quarterly reports to the Advisory Committee giving a general account of the work performed during the previous quarter and impressions gained thereby.  Reports from (recent) prior scholars are posted here.Not more than 3 months after the scholarship terminates the scholar shall submit to the Advisory Committee a full report, suitable for circulation within the electricity supply industry, on the work performed during the tenure of the scholarship.
  8. The scholar shall, in any published paper or report dealing directly with work performed as such scholar, state that the work was so performed as a holder of the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship, The University of Queensland.
  9. After the termination of the scholarship the scholar shall deliver at The University of Queensland any lectures as may be required by the University within the field of enquiries as a scholar, payment for such lectures to be made at the standard rate for specialist lectures.
  10. Applications for the scholarship, including the Scholarship Application Form shall be lodged by email ( at the University of Queensland on or before 31 July of the year the award is to be made.  The applicant shall indicate their objectives and program of work, organisations to target, areas of work, what they would learn and benefit/relevance to Australian industry.  Applicants are not expected to have arranged conditional offers of employment.
  11. Reports by the scholar and other communications arising out of the scholarship, shall in the first instance be sent to the Chairman of the Advisory Committee.
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