Robert O'Neill Scholarship

Overview

The Robert O'Neill Scholarship aims to support a student/s undertaking a 3 month internship with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)-Asia office in Singapore.

Field of study

Strategic Studies

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply applicants must be enrolled in a Masters program with SDSC and have completed at least 24 units of coursework in that program. In order to take up the internship they must have completed 48 units of coursework and be enrolled in the Master of Strategic Studies Advanced program. To enrol in the Master of Strategic Studies Advanced[SS] program students must obtain a 70 per cent weighted average in the 48 units of coursework, including at least a grade of 75 per cent in each of the two core courses or their equivalents in order to continue onto the internship component of the MASS.

Selection

The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of academic performance and promise, the student's potential contribution to the field of Asian strategy/security studies, and the proposed research topic. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated interest and expertise in Asian strategic and security issues.

Benefits

Each scholarship will consist of a $5,000 stipend intended to assist with accommodation and living expenses in Singapore, tuition fees for the 24 unit Strategic Studies Internship, plus Canberra-Singapore [or equivalent] return economy class flights. The living stipend will be reviewed regularly to account for inflation and currency fluctuations.

How to apply

The application shall be submitted in the form of a letter to the Head, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, setting out the candidates' academic achievements, potential to contribute to the field of Asian strategy/security, and a proposed research program. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated interest and expertise in Asian strategy and/or security.

Applicants should include in their application their preference for when they intend to take up the internship if they are successful. They should also provide the name and contact details of two academic references. The Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre shall then determine, in any year, whether academic references shall be contacted.

Further information

While undertaking the internship, Robert O'Neill Scholarship recipients will work on completing a piece of Asian strategic/security-related research proposed in their initial application for the scholarship. This 7000-8000 word piece of research will be submitted to Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) for grading on return at ANU and will be produced with a view to publication in a reputable academic journal/monograph series.