National Naval Shipbuilding Scholarship

For students enrolling in third year in 2021 in Electrical, Mechanical, Telecommunications or Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

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Applications are now closed

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The National Naval Shipbuilding Scholarship provides:

  • up to 12 weeks of professionally recognised, paid work experience with the Department of Defence or Defence Industry at the APS Level 2 pay scale
  • paid travel and accommodation for paid work placements
  • a textbook allowance of $2,000, and
  • tuition fees paid for your third and fourth year.

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To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

The online application form will be made available here when applications open.

Supporting documentation

Depending on your circumstances, you will need to provide different types of evidence and material to support your scholarship application. Applications without supporting documents will not be considered.

Please visit Supporting Your Application for more information.

Application questions

You have the option to either prepare written responses to the application questions, or submit a video where you answer each application question.

The main application questions are listed below to allow you time to prepare your answers in advance prior to starting the online application.

  • Discuss your passion for studying in your chosen field, including the steps you have taken to achieve your educational goals.
  • What are your future plans and career aspirations?
  • Describe your two best academic achievements or learning experiences in your current program.
  • Describe a situation or challenge that you have met and overcome (and what you learned from this situation) which reflects one or more of the following: 
  • teamwork
    • professionalism
    • leadership
    • volunteerism
    • imagination
    • innovation
  • How do you intend to use this scholarship and how will it assist you to achieve academic success?
  • Tell us what you know about Department of Defence and how your interests, studies or goals are of significance to the Department of Defence.
  • Briefly outline your involvement in an extra-curricular activity such as a university club or committee, student leadership, volunteering or community involvement, or sporting team.

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Applications are now closed. This scholarship is not on offer for 2022.

Applications are now closed. This scholarship is not on offer for 2022.

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions (PDF, 698KB).

Continuation of a scholarship is also dependent on:

  • satisfactory academic performance
  • participation in the National Naval Shipbuilding Education Pilot program

The Australian Government’s $90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan represents the most significant investment made in our nation’s security. Execution of the Naval Shipbuilding Plan is truly a national endeavour, and the capabilities and capacity of Defence Industry across Australia will be key to its success.

The National Naval Shipbuilding Education Pilot offers an opportunity to have years 3 & 4 of your Engineering Degree (Mechanical, Aeronautical, Electrical-these need to be confirmed) fully funded by the Department of Defence through the (Queensland Institute of Technology-Brisbane/Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology-Melbourne).

The National Naval Shipbuilding Education Pilot is an exciting opportunity to be part of a program that is tailored to provide Defence sponsored university study which includes relevant and meaningful work placements, mentoring and capstone projects; followed by post graduate support and possible employment within the Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise workforce.

Through a rich program of tailored electives that prepare you in sought after work ready skills including complex project and program management, systems integration and project leadership, this pilot will fully prepare you for an exciting role in Defence or Defence Industry that could see you contributing to the Naval Shipbuilding Plan.

What are my job prospects after successfully completing the National Naval Shipbuilding Education Pilot?

This pilot is part of the National Shipbuilding Plan that will see significant investment in the skills and capabilities required going forward in the area of engineering. You will be accessing experience in both Defence and Defence Industry to give you the broadest possible skill-based preparation to join the shipbuilding workforce.

Employment pathways available to graduates include:

  • Accept an 18 month non-ongoing Defence contract following the successful completion of your engineering degree to complete a Defence Induction Program that will include placements in Defence and Defence Industry
  • Apply directly, in your final year, for an ongoing position on the Defence Graduate Program as part of a merit selection process
  • Apply directly for a Department of Defence engineering position
  • Apply directly for an Industry engineering position with leading Defence Industry organisations including BAE Systems Australia, Luminact, and Thales.

Watch the Opportunities across the Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise video on YouTube.

Find out how to contact the Coursework Scholarships Office.

Notice to applicants

The scholarship application process is highly competitive with a limited number of scholarships available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.

Only successful candidates will be notified via email to their RMIT student account.

For information about other financial assistance available to RMIT students, please speak to one of our Student Welfare Advisors.

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