Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Past students

Study area



Australian or New Zealand

Application dates

Applications open
1 July 2021
Applications close
31 July 2021

What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • the Siganto Foundation Medal
  • a cash prize of $10,000.


You're eligible for this medal if you completed your PhD in an engineering-related field of research through QUT's Science and Engineering Faculty (or, from 1 February 2021, the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Engineering) between Friday 1 January 2020 and Friday 30 April 2021.

How to apply

To apply for this scholarship you must complete the online application form.

Please note that you can't save an incomplete application form. We recommend that you prepare your application in Word and complete your online application when you have all required information and attachments.

Your completed application must:

  • exhibit excellence in your chosen field of engineering research
  • demonstrate your intention to undertake postdoctoral study
  • include your PhD thesis examiner reports and principal PhD supervisor comments (we recommend submitting this as a Word document).

Only complete applications will be considered by the selection panel.

What happens next?

A selection panel comprised of QUT academic leaders will allocate The Siganto Foundation Medal based on information provided in the application.

The winner will be selected against the following criteria:

  • academic merit, demonstrated through significant achievements, prizes or awards
  • intention to undertake interdisciplinary postdoctoral activity
  • aspirations, plans or achievements related to international dissemination of your research
  • willingness, or demonstrated participation, in educating secondary and tertiary-aged students about the benefits of a career in engineering and research
  • ability to become an ambassador for the Institute for Future Environments.

If the panel deems it necessary, the final shortlist of candidates will be required to attend a 20 minute interview. The interview will be designed to assess the candidates in greater detail against the selection criteria.

The successful applicant will be notified via telephone and in writing, and will be invited to a presentation to meet representatives of The Siganto Foundation.

Unsuccessful applicants will be notified via email.

Official presentation of the 2021 Siganto Foundation Medal

Applicants are asked to make themselves available for an official presentation of the Siganto Foundation Medal, which will be attended by representatives of the Siganto Foundation.

Details will be arranged in consultation with the successful applicant and Siganto family representatives.


During the year of being awarded the medal, you will be expected to provide a medal impact report, detailing the:

  • impact the medal and the associated grant made to their career direction and ambitions
  • additional knowledge and networks gained through international activity
  • feedback from talks conducted at the secondary school and undergraduate level (if applicable).

About the scholarship

The Siganto Foundation Medal was established through generous gifts from The Siganto Foundation, led by the late Dr Bill Siganto AM and Dr Marie Siganto AM, to support distinguished PhD graduates from the QUT Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering, and Institute for Future Environments.

The $10,000 award is funded jointly by The Siganto Foundation and QUT's Institute for Future Environments to allow the medallist to undertake multidisciplinary professional development and research activities both locally and internationally.

Dr Siganto, QUT Honorary Doctorate, former QUT Council Member and former Deputy Chancellor, was known for shaping vocational education in Queensland and Australia. He was awarded his AM in 1997 for service to tertiary education, particularly as Chairman of the Queensland Vocational Education and Training and Employment Commission, and to the air conditioning and engineering industries. Bill, one of the best known figures in the Australian Heating and Air Conditioning industry, passed away peacefully on 18 September 2015.

The Siganto Foundation was created in 2006 by Bill and his wife, Dr Marie Siganto AM, to support community initiatives in various areas including the arts, education, social welfare and medical research. In 2011 Bill collaborated with QUT through his family Foundation to create the Siganto Foundation Medal as a major new award for talented QUT engineering PhD students. This will be a lasting legacy of Dr Siganto's contribution to education in Queensland.


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