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Sir Roland Wilson Foundation Scholarship

The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation Scholarship is open to Executive Level employees to study for a PhD full time at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, on a topic of national significance.

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Scholarship details

Scholars study full time at the ANU and receive:

  • their full salary for three years of the scholarship. Agencies are subsidised $40,000 per year by the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation
  • a generous travel stipend for international fieldwork and to attend workshops, courses, conferences and other approved activities
  • mentoring and career support by a leadership group of executives from the ANU and the APS.


Each year departments and agencies decide whether they will support applications from their employees. A small number of scholarships are awarded following a highly competitive selection process to Executive level 1 and 2 employees who:

  • have at least three year's public service experience
  • have a record of high performance
  • have a demonstrated commitment to the pursuit of a long-term career in the public service
  • have outstanding potential for senior leadership in the public service generally, or for specialised professional and technical leadership in their field
  • have the required academic credentials [external link] and the capacity for sustained study and research
  • are prepared to conduct a substantial component of their study overseas.

Key dates

The application process for scholarships commencing in 2019 will open in October 2017.

Agencies participating for 2019

  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal
  • Attorney General's Department
  • Australian Aged Care Quality Agency
  • Australian Building and Construction Commission
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
  • Australian Renewable Energy Agency
  • Department of Communications and the Arts
  • Department of Defence
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • Department of Social Services
  • Department of the Environment and Energy (and supported agencies)
  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
  • National Blood Authority
  • The Treasury (and supported agencies)

Sir Roland Wilson Foundation scholars

Details of all scholars are available from the foundation's website [external link].

About the Foundation

The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation [external link] was established in 1998 with donations from the ANU and the Wilson family estate. The scholarships advance the study and development of public policy within Australia and internationally. In 2011 the Foundation partnered with the APS to offer PhD scholarships.

Information about the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation and the academic aspects of the scholarship is available on the Foundation's website [external link].


Departmental or agency contact officers can provide information about participation and internal application processes. For more information contact us.