Application

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2020 Scholarship(s)

It is envisaged that the amount awarded this year will be approximately $30,000, awarded as one (or more) scholarships at the discretion of the Ashton Nixon Bequest Advisory Committee. The amount awarded may not completely cover the costs of the proposed study program of the successful applicant(s), depending on the cost of the proposed course.  If the course duration is for more than one year, funding for multiple years will be considered. 

The awarded Scholarship funds MUST be paid directly to the relevant institution with DGR status (not the selected applicant(s)), as full or part-payment of tuition fees.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to check that the relevant institution has DGR Item 1 status and will accept the Scholarship funds on behalf of the successful SASAP recipient, as part of the application process. 

Applications are due by midnight, Sunday September 15, 2019
Eligibility 

Applicants for the Steve Ashton Scholarship for the Architectural Profession (SASAP) will have completed an accredited course in architecture recognised by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, which satisfies the academic requirement for registration as an architect in Australia. Applicants will also be a member of the RAIA. Applicants will be residents of Victoria registered on the Victorian electoral roll. All applications will be judged on merit. Successful applicants will usually not be permitted to apply again. Preference will be given to those under 45 years of age.

All institutions where the applicant wishes to undertake a course funded by the SASAP must have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR Item 1) status.  

Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Track record of the applicant in professional achievements to date. Preference will be given to those displaying initiative, including having established their own practice. Preference will be given to younger architects under the age of 45 years.
  • Applicant’s character, in particular with reference to proven ability to give back and/or make a meaningful contribution to the profession and/or participate in other volunteer activities, as well as leadership potential
  • Proposed professional development program, which must be undertaken at an institution with DGR Item 1 status
  • Relevance of the proposed professional development program
  • Feasibility of completing the desired course of study in a timely fashion.

Application Requirements and Process

Applications for the 2020 SASAP should be made by providing the information requested at the end of this document, and submitting this in PDF format to info@ashtonnixonbequest.com by midnight, Sunday September 15, 2019. 

The application must include the contact details of two referees.  The application should include:

  • Applicant details
  • Statement of proposed professional development plan, including which institution will deliver the planned study program and the anticipated benefits to the individual and to the profession. Include any evidence of the applicant’s ability to make a contribution to the profession including leadership potential (up to 2 pages)
  • Brief curriculum vitae (1 page)
  • The contact details of two referees. Generally, one referee would comment on the applicant’s character, and the other , on the applicant’s capacity to undertake the proposed study program
  • Referees will be contacted for further information.

Only completed applications received by the due date will be considered.

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee will select the recipient of the SASAP.  The Committee will comprise the following people:

A/Prof Rosemary Nixon AM, Ms Louisa Ashton, Ms Kate Ashton (family of the late Stephen 

Ashton)

Prof Ian McDougall (ARM Architecture)

Prof Carey Lyon (Lyons Architecture)

Ms Robyn Charlwood (philanthropy consultant)

Mr Tom Cameron (financial services consultant)

Conditions of the Award

Generally the successful applicant should commence the program of study within a year of the award. Any variation in the timeframe should be identified at the time of application.

Generally, the course undertaken should be completed in the minimum time required, unless exceptional circumstances apply, such as serious illness or bereavement.

Prior to transfer of funds to the relevant institution, the successful applicant must agree in writing to comply with the Scholarship conditions.

It is imperative that the applicant has thoroughly researched their chosen course by the time of application, including whether the institution has DGR Item 1 status. For information as to whether the educational provider has DGR Item 1 status, please check with http://www.abr.business.gov.au/ABN

Once funds have been paid to the institution, it will not be possible to transfer to another institution.

Successful applicants must submit to info@ashtonnixonbequest.com a final report of 800-1000 words about their experience, within three months of completion of their chosen course. The Advisory Committee of the Ashton-Nixon Bequest is keen to learn how the scholarship has influenced the practice of the scholarship recipients and intends to establish an informal alumni group. Feedback on the experience of completing the scholarship process is encouraged.

The Advisory Committee has control of the conditions of the Scholarship and may vary any aspect of the foregoing conditions when it considered that circumstances justify such variation. The decision of the Advisory Committee is final and the Advisory Committee also reserves the right not to award the scholarship and amend the number and value of the scholarship.

Process

Stage 1

Applications for the SASAP are submitted, including applicant details, statement of proposed study, brief curriculum vitae and details of referees to be contacted. The applicant checks that the institution delivering the proposed course of study has DGR Item 1 status. 

Closing date is midnight, Sunday September 15, 2019.

Stage 2

The Advisory Committee reviews the applications and shortlists applicants to be interviewed. Proposals will be assessed against the Selection Criteria mentioned above.

Stage 3

Interviews will be conducted either in person or by phone, with members of the Advisory Committee, depending on availability, in October 2019.

Stage 4

The SASAP recipient(s) will be announced and unsuccessful applicants will be notified.

Stage 5

Funds will be transferred to the relevant institution, once the relevant institution has agreed to accept the funds on behalf of the successful applicant.

For further information, please contact A/Prof Rosemary Nixon AM, Ashton-Nixon Bequest on info@ashtonnixonbequest.com

Application must include the following:

Applicant details, full name, address, contact number, contact email and date of birth

Statement of proposed professional development plan, including which institution will deliver the planned study program and the anticipated benefits to the individual and to the profession. Include evidence of the applicant’s ability to make a contribution as well as leadership potential (up to 2 pages)

Brief curriculum vitae (1 page)

Contact details for Referee 1. This may be a character reference.

Referee name:

Referee qualifications, position, organization:

Referee contact number (mobile preferred):

Referee email:

Referee 2. This may be a capacity reference.

Referee name:

Referee qualifications, position, organization:

Referee contact number (mobile preferred):

Referee email: