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The University of Queensland Ford Memorial Prize, Australia for 2023

Application is now open for the Ford Memorial Prize at the University of Queensland. Interested applicants are encouraged to send in their applications before the deadline date.

About the University of Queensland and Scholarship

The University of Queensland (UQ) is a distinguished institution with a rich history and an impressive track record in various academic and research fields. UQ was founded in 1909 by the Queensland parliament and is one of the six sandstone universities in Australia, signifying its status as one of the country’s oldest universities. It is a member of edX, part of the Group of Eight (Go8), and a prominent member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, emphasizing its international reputation. The University of Queensland has a strong academic reputation and a significant impact on research and innovation, making it an institution of choice for students and researchers.

UQ has multiple campuses and facilities throughout Queensland. The main St Lucia campus is located in the inner suburb of St Lucia, near Brisbane’s central business district. Other significant campuses include Gatton and the Mayne Medical School. UQ has established overseas locations, such as the UQ North America office in Washington D.C. and the UQ-Ochsner Clinical School in Louisiana, United States, showcasing its global reach.


The university provides a wide range of degree programs, including associate, bachelor, master, doctoral, and higher doctorate degrees. These programs are offered through various academic units, including a college, a graduate school, and six faculties. UQ boasts over one hundred research institutes and centers, known for pioneering research. Notable achievements include the invention of the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, the development of a COVID-19 vaccine that underwent human trials, and high-performance superconducting MRI magnets for portable scanning of human limbs.

The senate, led by the chancellor and deputy chancellor, is responsible for governing UQ. It has significant authority, as granted by The University of Queensland Act 1998, to manage university affairs, property, and finances. The university is highly regarded in various engineering disciplines, with strong global rankings. Notably, it is 3rd worldwide in mining and minerals engineering. UQ has made significant contributions to medical research, including the development of cervical cancer vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix by UQ Professor Ian Frazer.

The Ford Memorial Prize was established in 1916 to honor the memory of Lieutenant S. K. Ford and Corporal T. W. Ford, two brothers who lost their lives in the defense of the British Empire. The prize is maintained through a generous gift from the Queensland United Licensed Victuallers’ Association.

Details about the Ford Memorial Prize at the University of Queensland:

Scholarship Sponsor: University of Queensland, Australia

Scholarship Value: At least $500

Number of awards: 1

Study level: Undergraduate

Host Institution(s): University of Queensland, Australia

Enrolment Status: Current UQ student

Eligibility Criteria for the Ford Memorial Prize

All UQ undergraduate students are welcome to participate in the competition.

Note: The best poem, as judged by the prize assessors, will get the prize.

Application Process for Ford Memorial Prize

Interested applicants should apply online via the link. To enter the competition, applicants must submit a poem and personal information.

What Next?

To notify you that your application has been received, the scholarship office will send an email. Write to if you haven’t heard back from them within two days of submitting your application. Your application will be sent to a selection panel for examination if they determine that you are qualified. You’ll receive written notification from them if you’re successful.


Ford Memorial Prize rules (PDF, 97.86 KB)

The Submission Deadline is: 3 December 2023

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