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The Mary and Carl Leonard International Relations Award

Current student scholarship
Contribute to improving social issues in a lesser-developed country through an international volunteering or work experience placement, an overseas study or research program.

Scholarship details

Study levels

Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research

Student type

Current students

Study area

All study areas

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance

Citizenship

Australian or New Zealand

Application dates

Applications open
31 March 2020
Applications close
31 July 2020

What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • $5,000 to support your participation in an approved program.

Eligibility

You can apply for funding to support either:

  • an international volunteering or work experience (service learning) placement
  • a study or research abroad program.

Volunteering or work experience (service learning)

To apply for funding to support an international volunteering or work experience (service learning) placement, you must:

  • be enrolled as a student at QUT
  • have completed at least 96 credit points of QUT study when you apply
  • have at least 48 credit points of study left to complete when you return from your international placement
  • have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 or above for your course
  • be able to complete your international placement while you're enrolled at QUT.

You must propose an international volunteering or work experience (service learning) placement that:

Study or research abroad

To apply for funding to support an overseas study or research program, you must:

  • be one of:
    • enrolled as a student at QUT
    • employed by QUT as an early career researcher
  • propose one of:
    • an overseas study program that is at least 12 weeks long, but no longer than 6 months at one of our international partner institutions in a lesser-developed country
    • an overseas research program of no longer than 6 months at one of our international partner institutions in a lesser-developed country (time periods for research programs may vary depending on discipline)
  • be able to complete your international placement while you're enrolled or employed at QUT. If you're an early career researcher you must have at least 1 semester of your appointment remaining when you apply.

If you're an undergraduate or postgraduate student, you must also:

  • have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 or above for your course.

If you're an early career researcher or research student, you must also:

  • be able to demonstrate satisfactory research progress
  • have approval from your supervisor for you proposed research or study program.

How to apply

Step 1: Submit an expression of interest

If you're interested in applying, submit an expression of interest. Indicate whether you're planning to conduct a volunteer or work experience (service learning) project, or a research or study abroad program.

Step 2: Read the information pack

When you submit your expression of interest, we'll email you an information pack, which has more detail about the application process. As part of your application you'll need to prepare a project outline that includes a description of the problem your project addresses, your project objectives, timelines and milestones, and a budget.

Step 3: Discuss your application with our Scholarships Coordinator

Contact QUT Global to discuss your application. They can provide guidance on how to prepare a strong application.

What happens next?

A selection panel will meet to consider applications in late August. If your application is successful, we'll contact you in early September to let you know, and you'll travel to complete your proposed project the next year.

The selection panel will consist of:

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International and Development (chair)
  • a professor (research)
  • a professor (teaching).

They will select candidates based on:

  • the quality of the application
  • an interview (if applicable)
  • alignment of the planned project with the Leonards' 'purpose of gift' statement.

The selection panel has the discretion to select the applicant that they believe is most in line with the donors' original intent, based on:

  • the applicant's skills, knowledge and characteristics
  • the planned overseas travel activity.

The total award allocation is $10,000 per year.

Conditions

If you receive the award, you'll be expected to:

  • submit a report outlining your experience no more than 2 weeks after you return from your placement
  • contribute to QUT's global learning and research culture by communicating your experience and the outcomes of your international placement.

About the scholarship

This award has come to QUT through the generosity of Mary and Carl Leonard, who devoted their lives to working in developing countries.

The lives of Carl and Mary embodied the spirit of adventure, fascination with different cultures, and dedication to community service that the Mary and Carl Leonard Award fosters in young people.

They have pledged almost $1 million to the university to help carry on their good work.

QUT Alumni and Development director Simone Garske said: 'We have established the Mary and Carl Leonard Endowment Fund to finance an annual award for students who show leadership qualities to enable them to study or work overseas. Ultimately, the Leonards' gift will benefit the global community as well as QUT's students.'

Contact us

Phone
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Int. phone
+61 7 3138 5075
Fax
3138 1216
Email
stae@qut.edu.au
Postal address
QUT Global
GPO Box 2434
Brisbane QLD 4001

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