In June 2015 the call for applications was made for the next round of the E.S.Cornwall Memorial Scholarship.

Following from this, the University of Queensland received perhaps the largest number of applicants for the scholarship in recent memory.  A significant proportion of these applicants were of high quality.

As such, the selection process has taken a number of months to complete.  At the end of this process, two scholarships have been awarded – both of 9 months duration – as follows:

Scholar #1 is Mr. Beer Opatsuwan, currently an engineer at Energex

Mr Opatsuwan will be heading overseas in 2016 to study aspects of Asset Management Excellence.

During  the course of his scholarship, Beer will provide quarterly reports, which will be hosted on this website.

Scholar #2 is Mr. Stephen Sproul, currently an engineer at Ergon Energy

Mr Sproul will be heading overseas in 2016 to study aspects of Improving Network Utilisation, Renewables Hosting and Affordability through New Technologies.

The quarterly reports which Stephen provides throughout his scholarship period will also be available here on the scholarship website.

Both topics are considered to be of high value and relevance to the Australian power industry and worthy of being pursued under the Scholarship.

We wish both of them the best experiences in their time overseas – and look forward to them returning, to provide a benefit to the Queensland (and Australian) electricity supply industry.




For those young engineers working in the electricity supply industry who are considering submission of an application in the latest round of the scholarship (closing 31st July), an information evening has been organised so you can learn more about the scholarship and ask questions of past scholars.

Key details are as follows:

Where:  Room 502 (5th floor) – Advanced Engineering Building (Building 49), Staff House Road, University of Queensland

When:  Thursday 16th July 17:00-18:30

The session will cover:

RSVP:  Please email to advise if you are attending the briefing for catering purposes


Applications are now being called for one of Queensland’s most prestigious and longstanding scholarships that provides up to 18 months overseas work experience for young power engineers, the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded every two years in memory of Edward Satchwell Cornwall who, in the first half of the 20th Century, was a highly influential member of the Queensland energy industry and a strong advocate of tertiary education and professional development for engineers working in the power industry.  Further history is here.

Engineering graduates from all Queensland universities are now eligible to apply for the E.S. Cornwall Scholarship.  Preference is given to applicants with 3 to 5 years’ experience in the power industry.

Chair of the Scholarship Advisory Committee, Professor Simon Bartlett at UQ, is a former scholarship recipient himself and said that

“The scholarship provides young engineers with invaluable experience in the global power industry and is a life changing experience, both career-wise and personally.”

“In addition to technical ability, the Committee is looking for a young engineer who demonstrates initiative and thorough planning as well as leadership ability and who would benefit from overseas work experience.”

Head of the power and energy systems group at The University of Queensland, Professor Tapan Saha, said:

“the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship provided an outstanding opportunity for a young engineer to learn from overseas best practice in areas of key importance to the Queensland power industry.”

The scholarship recipient receives $3,500 per month (on top of their overseas engineering salary), for up to 18 months to pursue a program of work that typically consists of employment with several overseas electricity utilities, a manufacturing company or research organisation, and could cover study for a higher degree with a leading overseas university.

The first E.S. Cornwall Scholarship was awarded in 1957 and since then, it has been awarded to a total of 26 individuals, many of whom now hold (or have held) senior positions within the electricity industry.

The scholarship took its current recipient, Matthew Zillmann (a UQ graduate working for Ergon Energy) to the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States – where he has been investigating innovative asset management practices used by leading distribution networks.

“My program has already enabled me to gain experience with UK Power Networks in London, participate in international technical forums in Europe and visit research institutions in Germany”,

Matthew says from Chicago, where he has just commenced 9 months employment with Commonwealth Edison.  He continues:

 “My experience thus far has allowed me to review the effectiveness of UK Power Network’s state-of-the-art asset management systems and evaluate their regulator’s latest RIIO incentive scheme that provides commercial drivers to UK distribution businesses.”

“The opportunity provided by the scholarship has been life changing, both professionally and personally. As I look to the opportunities and challenges ahead in my career, I hold this experience and what it has taught me in the highest regard. It already is and will continue to be one of the highlights of my career.”

Applications for the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship close on 31 July 2015.

Download the Application Form in DOC.  For further background, and reference offline, see the scholarship brochure here.


As a young Queensland engineer working in the Electricity Supply Industry, how much would you learn and grow (professionally and personally) from an overseas professional work experience placement, in a countries of your choice, for a 9-18 month duration?

The E.S Cornwall Scholarship has been running for 60 years, and previous scholars have described their experiences as follows:

“Above all, it was a life changing experience and my wife and I fully immersed ourselves in travel, new friends, new experiences, and enriching our lives.”
Brian Becconsall (1965)

“In a profound way, this period has become a reference point in my professional life. Since then I have a broader toolkit and some great contacts. But the value of the experience goes far beyond my work objective. I consider it as one of the defining periods of my life.”
Frank Montiel (1998)

“The ES Cornwall scholarship is not only a great opportunity to further your career but also to see the world. The niche experience gained will be an asset to you professionally but will also benefit prospective employers and the Australian ESI as a whole.”
Aidan Roberts (2008)

“Aside from the work based activities, I have been fortunate enough to experience a different way of life and benefited from involving myself the variety of cultures and people in Europe, Northern Afri-ca & North America. I have many great memories from my time abroad, both professionally and personal – far too many to list.”
Nick Craig (2008)

More details about what these people thought are here in the Scholarship Brochure.

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Following from the call for applications back in February, a number of applications were received by the University of Queensland.

The Advisory Committee considered all applicants.  As per their recommendation, the scholarship has been awarded to Alexandra Price, an engineer currently working with Energex in Brisbane.

Alexandra is currently finalizing arrangements with UK Power Network, and with Energex.

Quarterly reports written by Alexandra, and provided as part of her scholarship experience, will be posted on this site.


Do you know of young engineers who may be interested in working for UK Power Networks on the Low Carbon London project?  If so, please point them at this opportunity.

Working on one of the world’s flagship programs like Low Carbon London (with its focus on climate change, renewable energy, energy conservation and smart networks) would provide a young engineer with invaluable experience so they can then return and apply this knowledge to Queensland’s power industry.

Please refer these attached details of the Low Carbon London Project:
(a)  This general information pack (7Mb)
(b)  The project directions document

This is a special ES Cornwall Memorial Scholarship award tenable for 6 to 12 months to enable the scholar to undertake paid professional employment with UK Power Networks in London on the project.

The award is open to engineering graduates from all Queensland universities with a preference for graduates with three to five years experience who would benefit from the placement and are currently either:
(a)  working in the power industry or
(b)  as an early career power engineering academic at one of Queensland’s universities.

The award recipient will receive a total grant of Aud$10,000  to cover the cost of travel and relocation costs that will supplement the salary of approximately £20,000 p.a to be paid by UK Power Networks whilst working on their project.

Whilst not being a highly paid assignment, this is a great opportunity for personal development and professional experience.

Applications for this E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship Award close on 24th February 2012 using this attached application form:
(a)  Application form DOC; or
(b)  Application form PDF

Also, please refer to this additional information about the award.

Simon Bartlett
ES Cornwall Scholarship Advisory Committee

PS – This 1st quarterly report from the current scholar, Donald McPhail, provides further background on Low Carbon London.

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