Scholarship information

Postponing the 2020 International Development Scholarship Scheme for Professional Staff

With the rapidly changing global travel restrictions and cancellations of major conferences overseas as a result of COVID-19, we have decided to postpone this year’s International Development Scholarship Scheme.

We’re committed to supporting staff leadership and development opportunities, but the health and safety of our staff is our first priority. We are continually monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and updates on application timeframes for the scheme will be announced on the webpage and in The Loop based on the University’s approach to travel for staff.

For more information, please contact Lavinia Ingham and Bronwen Bamberger.

Scholarship applications are open to all full-time and part-time professional staff from HEW 1 - HEW 9 who are on a continuing or contingent contract or on a fixed term contract of at least 12 months.

To be eligible, applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  • a proven record of excellence and innovation at the University;
  • capacity for further career development; and
  • the ability to be an excellent ambassador for the University and effectively participate in international engagement and collaboration to contribute to the attainment of one of the priority areas of the strategic plan.

Application process

Applications must address the following criteria:


1. Details of the proposed development activity which is to be completed by the end of the current calendar year.  Examples of development activities include:

  • Building strategic relationships
  • Benchmarking of best practices
  • Collaborative policy writing
  • Review of IT systems
  • Process improvement/ peer observation
  • International conferences
  • Mentoring

2. Details of proposed visit/s to at least one overseas Higher Education institution or relevant organisation.

3. How do you anticipate using this experience to benefit your work area and/or the wider University?

4. How might the Scholarship support or enhance your career development?

5. Provide a proposed high-level budget breakdown (e.g. flights, accommodation, conference or development activity cost etc).

6.  a) Comment on your ability to be an excellent ambassador for the University and how your proposed international development activities will align to the priority areas in our University’s strategic plan. (Priority Areas below)

b) Provide examples of where you have demonstrated excellence and innovation at the University of Newcastle.

Additional documentation

  • A supporting statement (1 page) from the Head of School/ Unit (see Nomination Process below).
  • An abbreviated separate curriculum vitae of no more than 2 pages.
2020 Scholarship application form (PDF)

Please note: Whilst 2020 applications have currently been postponed due to COVID-19, staff members who have already submitted their application (or planning to), your applications will continue to be considered in the scholarships selection process once the selection panel resumes. Staff will be notified via email when the selection will commence.

Nomination Process

Heads of School and Units should identify and encourage applications from high- performing and high- potential Professional Staff within their areas.

Staff interested in applying should initiate an application in discussion with their Head of School/Unit.

Heads of School/Units are asked to provide a supporting statement to accompany the staff member’s application. The one-page supporting statement should include:

  • a description of the applicant’s ability to successfully achieve performance goals or strategic objectives;
  • evidence of their leadership capacity; and
  • other evidence of excellence or potential.

Priority areas

Applicants are encouraged to propose international development activities that are aligned with one or more areas of strategic importance for the University. The five themes are:

  • Engagement Priorities
  • Life-Ready Graduates
  • Asia Pacific Focus
  • Reimagining our Campuses
  • Inspiring People

For more information view the strategy online.

Selection process

The scholarship recipients will be selected by an International Development Scholarship Selection Committee.

As well as considering the application, the CV and the Head of School/ Unit supporting statement, the Committee will take into account a number of other factors to ensure that there is an equity of access to the scholarships- such as gender balance, the work areas of other scholarship recipients, and the development activities of other scholarship recipients.

If Heads of Schools/Units receive more than one application from their area they will be asked to rank the applications based on the performance of the staff as well as the perceived benefit of the development activity to the University. All applications will then be assessed by the International Development Scholarship Selection Committee.

Above all, scholarship recipients will be appointed on the basis of demonstrated performance excellence and the benefits that the development activity will bring to the University through international engagement and collaboration.

The International Development Scholarship Selection Committee will make an allocation of up to $10,000 to support each scholarship recipient, to cover:

  • Travel
  • Accommodation,
  • Meals,
  • Host gifts,
  • Conference/ development costs,
  • Reasonable incidentals.

Once the scholarship recipients have been announced the successful staff members must put together a comprehensive travel diary and detailed budget which outlines how funds will be spent. This will require approval from their Head of School/ Unit and final endorsement from the Director, People and Workforce Strategy.

Staff members will charge all expenses related to the overseas visit to their School/ Unit cost collector in the first instance. The School/ Unit cost collector will then be reimbursed by Human Resource Services at the conclusion of the international visit.

Please Note:
- Scholarship recipients must use their scholarship funding in the year it is awarded.
- Personal expenses such as tours and recreational activities is not covered under the scholarship.

It is the responsibility of the scholarship recipient to have a thorough understanding of the University’s travel policy and travel procedure. It is also the recipient’s responsibility to be aware of any travel visas, immunisations or safety warnings that may be applicable to the destination country.

The University of Newcastle has a large number of strategic partnerships with Universities worldwide, some include:

  • McMaster University, Canada
  • Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  • Copenhagen Business School Denmark
  • Technical University Denmark, Denmark
  • IPAG Business School, France
  • HFT Stuttgart, Germany
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • University of Brawijaya, Indonesia
  • Yokohama National University, Japan
  • University of Maastricht, Netherlands
  • University of Groningen, Netherlands
  • Taylors University Malaysia
  • Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
  • De La Salle University, Philippines
  • National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen
  • Korea University, South Korea
  • Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • Lund University, Sweden
  • Thammasat University, Thailand
  • University of Leeds, UK
  • University of Liverpool, UK
  • University of Denver, USA
  • University of Arkansas, USA

For more information please contact Ms Djoeke Van Loon from Global Engagement and Partnerships.