Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Current students

Study area



Australian or New Zealand

Application dates

Applications open
15 November 2021
Applications close
27 March 2022

What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • a scholarship valued at $30,000. The scholarship will be paid as a stipend of $5,000 per semester after the HECS-HELP census date of each semester for three years, commencing in Semester 1, 2022.

Other benefits may include:

  • Further personal development opportunities including work integrated learning (WIL) and paid internships.


You must be in your second year of full-time study in one of these courses in 2022:

  • EN01 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)
  • EN40 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)

Students enrolled in one of the following double degrees are also eligible if in 2022 they will be entering the equivalent of their second year of an Engineering course majoring in Civil Engineering:

  • IX59 Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)
  • SE60 Bachelor of Information Technology / Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)
  • SE40 Bachelor of Mathematics / Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)
  • SE80 Bachelor of Science /  Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)
  • ID14 Bachelor of Design / Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)
  • ID19 Bachelor of Design (Architecture) / Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)

You must:

  • have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.5

To apply for this scholarship, you must be either:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen
  • an Australian permanent resident
  • an Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder.

Students who currently hold a $30,000 Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship are not eligible to apply for the David Klingberg Memorial Scholarship.

How to apply

By the close date, 11.59pm Sunday 27 March 2022, you need to complete and submit the online application including the following attachments:

  • a copy of your academic record from HiQ site
  • a copy of your resume/curriculum vitae (CV).

What happens next?

Scholarship selection assessment is based on a combination of academic achievement, responses to the selection criteria and, if shortlisted for interview, responses to the interview questions.

A shortlist of up to 5 applicants will undergo an interview by a panel comprised of a minimum of two people, including a representative from the QUT Science and Engineering Faculty and a representative of Wagstaff Piling Pty Ltd.

In the event that the selection committee ranks multiple applicants equally, preference will be given to applicants who have had to move away from their family home to attend university (ie are from a regional area outside of Brisbane) and/or who can demonstrate the greatest financial need.

The scholarship will commence in Semester 1, 2022 and an offer will be made to the successful applicant by the end of April 2022 via telephone and in writing via email.

The successful scholarship recipient will be required to:

  • meet with Wagstaff Piling representatives
  • provide a letter of thanks to Wagstaff Piling Pty Ltd, and
  • participate in an online news story about the scholarship.

If your application is unsuccessful, we will notify you via email.


About the scholarship

The David Klingberg Memorial Scholarship was created in partnership with the Scholarship donor, Wagstaff Piling Pty Ltd, an Australian-owned specialist foundation engineering contractor headquartered in Ashgrove, Queensland, that operates throughout Australia.

The Scholarship honours David Klingberg, a valued Wagstaff Piling team member who died doing the work he loved in June, 2018. With 30 years’ field experience, David was known for his expertise in Pile Driving Analyzer (PDA) testing, and was skilled in the art of connecting the science of stress waves to real-world engineering solutions. David is also fondly remembered for his honesty and integrity, and as a patient teacher and mentor to many young engineers.

At the forefront of his field internationally, David contributed widely to conferences, seminars and to the development of the innovative 2009 Australian Piling Code.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, David excelled in many areas. He was admired for his academic achievements and his success in numerous sporting endeavours including football, golf, netball, ten pin bowling, cycling, skiing and distance running. David was a modest man who embraced life and enjoyed four-wheel driving, camping, fishing and singing in his church choir.

The David Klingberg Memorial Scholarship was created to foster the education of future leaders of industries related to civil engineering while honouring a humble and innovative leader of the profession.

Scholarship donor Wagstaff Piling Pty Ltd was formed by John Wagstaff in 1980 and has completed more than 5600 projects, encompassing all types of foundations, in a variety of ground conditions, for a wide range of civil engineering and building applications.

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