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University of New England Keith and Dorothy Mackay Honours Scholarship, Australia 2023

Application is now open for the Keith and Dorothy Mackay Honours Scholarship at the University of New England. Interested applicants are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About the University of New England and Scholarship

With campuses in Portland and Biddeford as well as a study abroad site in Tangier, Morocco, the University of New England (UNE) is a private research institution in the state of Maine. The campus-based and online programs of UNE had 7,208 students enrolled for the 2020 academic year. It may be traced back to 1831 when Westbrook Seminary first operated on the site that is now the UNE Portland Campus.

The majority of Maine’s healthcare workers are educated at UNE, which is the state’s biggest private institution. More than 70 undergraduate, graduate, online, and professional degrees are offered through its five institutions, which work together. Although UNE is most known for its programs in the sciences and health sciences, it also offers degrees in a wide range of other fields, including marine sciences, data science, environmental science, mathematics, business, teaching, and the humanities. The sole medical school in Maine is the College of Osteopathic Medicine, while the only dental school in northern New England is its College of Dental Medicine. It is listed as belonging to the category “R2: Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity”.

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The Keith and Dorothy Mackay Honours Scholarship is intended to assist academically outstanding University of New England students who, due to personal hardship, would otherwise be unable to complete their Honours Year. These students must be enrolled in their Honours year or will enroll in their Honours year in the following calendar year. The Committee for Higher Degree Research Scholarships bestows the Scholarship. Applications are often invited by Research Services in November of each year, and any awards are typically given out by the end of December. Typically, the scholar will begin using the scholarship within a year of receiving the grant.

Details about Keith and Dorothy Mackay Honours Scholarship at the University of New England:

Scholarship Sponsor: University of New England, Australia

Scholarship Value: $A5,000

Number of awards: N/A

Study level: Postgraduate

Host Institution(s): University of New England, Australia

Benefits:

In most cases, the maximum award is $A5,000, which can be used for up to two years of part-time education or one full year of study. At the start of the honors year and the end, the chosen candidate will receive two equal lump sum payments. If there are no candidates who meet the criteria, the scholarship may not be given.

Eligibility Criteria for Keith and Dorothy Mackay Honours Scholarship

Applicants are advised to meet the following prerequisites to be qualified for the Keith and Dorothy Mackay Honours Scholarship at the University of New England:

  • Be enrolled at the University of New England for an honors year or have plans to do so the following academic year. These students must be enrolled in either a four-year degree program with a final year of honors or a three-year Bachelor’s degree program with an additional year of honors AND
  • Provide evidence of financial need.

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be ranked using the following standards:

  • Academic merit: The most common characteristic of successful applicants is that they have a strong history of distinctions and high distinctions in their prior academic years.
  • Evidence of Financial Need
  • Supervisors Supporting Statement 
  • Referees Report

Note: Those who have completed the equivalent of at least three years of full-time study at the University of New England, Armidale, will be given preference.

Required Documents for Application

  • A one-page statement (not including research fees) detailing the reasons why they would be unable to complete their honors program, as well as documentary proof of their financial necessity, such as
    • a budget that breaks down weekly or biweekly revenue and spending;
    • a copy of the Centrelink Benefit Statement, the Youth Allowance, the Austudy, or other comparable paperwork.
  • Transcripts of grades, either from UNE or another institution

Supervisor Statement of Support

  • A Statement of Support from their Principal Supervisor is required of all candidates. No remarks on your behalf will be requested by the University.
  • The applicant’s research plan should be aligned with the school’s research interests, and this statement, which should be no more than 500 words, should define that alignment. It should also make it apparent to what extent the applicant supports the student’s study.
  • There is no set format for the statement of support; instead, the supervisor may send it directly to Research Services through email at hdrdocuments@une.edu.au or provide it to the student to attach to this application.

Referee Reports

  • Every candidate is required to submit one referee report. No reports will be requested on your behalf by the University.
  • Referees must be qualified to comment on your research skills and your work as it relates to the qualification that is most relevant to this application. At least one referee must be able to remark on relevant experience if you are also basing this application on relevant job experience or training.

Application Process for Keith and Dorothy Mackay Honours Scholarship

The candidate needs to log in or register for the scholarship here and attach the following documents:

  • A one-page statement (not including research fees) detailing the reasons why they would be unable to complete their honors program, as well as documentary proof of their financial necessity, such as;
    • a budget that breaks down weekly or biweekly revenue and spending;
    • a copy of the Centrelink Benefit Statement, the Youth Allowance, the Austudy, or other comparable paperwork.
  • Academic transcripts (from UNE or other institutions)

A Supervisor Statement of Support and one Academic Referee Report must also be organized for submission by the applicants. AskUNE is the channel via which applications can be made to Research Services. You can also visit the UNE website for further details.

The Submission Deadline is: November 15, 2023

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