The William T. Southcott Scholarship has been established as a result of a bequest from Mr William T. Southcott.  The scholarship will be offered to outstanding students to undertake a PhD in the field of practical engineering at the University of South Australia.

The scholarship is a prestigious award, and the recipient should have an outstanding academic record as well as leadership potential and personal attributes suitable for the award. 

Research field

This scholarship is for PhD studies in one of the following fields:

Civil Engineering, Transport Engineering, Water Resources Management, Engineering Management, Autonomous Systems, Telecommunications, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Information Engineering, and Systems Engineering.

Must be undertaken on a full-time basis within Australia. Part-time study will only be approved in exceptional circumstances.


The scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia or international students.

Applicants must meet the entry criteria for the award of a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of South Australia. In addition, applicants require:

  • an outstanding academic record
  • good communication skills and leadership potential. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of a short essay outlining their vision for the proposed research and its potential benefits to industry
  • an interview by the Selection Panel.


The annual scholarship of $32‚000 per annum tax-free will be awarded to a student for a maximum of 3 years.  It is expected that recipients will complete their PhD program in three years; however, the scholarship may be extended beyond the tenure of three years, up to a maximum of 3.5 years, should the recipient experience delays, which are beyond their control.  Extensions are not automatically granted – the recipient may apply to the University for an extension.

An additional one off amount of $3,000 will be made available to use towards research costs such as conferences, overseas study, and minor expenses.  This amount will be allocated to a personal development fund.

How to apply

This scholarship will be aligned to a relevant research degree project.  Applications to this scholarship need to be made directly to the appropriate research degree project.  When this project is open for application, and link will be provided here.  Currently available research degree projects can also be viewed at our project listing.

This scholarship will next be awarded for commencement in 2022, and will be available for application in late 2021.

Please register your interest if you would like to hear about new oppurtunities as they are available.

International applicants not in Australia may be asked to participate in a telephone/video conference call interview.

The University of South Australia reserves the right not to award the scholarship in the absence of a suitable applicant.


For further information, please get in touch.