Rio Tinto Excellence Scholarships


Enrolment status Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Undergraduate
Study area Engineering and Computing
Scholarship value At least $10,000, no more than $20,000
Scholarship duration 1 year
Number awarded In consultation with the donor, the Associate Dean (Academic), will determine the number of scholarships awarded in any year
Opening date 17 February 2020
Closing date 9 March 2020

Scholarship description

The scholarship was established in 2017 and is maintained by an annual gift from Rio Tinto Services Limited. Rio Tinto will award multiple scholarships to meritorious students who are undertaking study in Engineering and Science at The University of Queensland.


An applicant is eligible for the Scholarship, if the applicant –

(a)    submits an application to the Associate Dean Engineering, by the closing date for applications; and
(b)    is enrolled full-time in an Approved Engineering Program in a Relevant Engineering Field or an Approved Science Program in a Relevant Science Field; and
(c)    has, at the time of application, completed a number of units towards their program within the range specified in Addendum 2 (Refer to rules); and
(d)    has completed at least 16 units at The University of Queensland; and
(e)    does not hold another scholarship that the Associate Dean Engineering or Associate Dean Science considers to be similar.

Additional benefits

Rio Tinto may offer the recipients one or more of the following opportunities:-

  • (a) ambassadorial roles;
  • (b) thesis mentoring;
  • (c) vacation employment at any Rio Tinto site as determined by Rio Tinto, in consultation with the recipient.

Before you apply

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them before applying.

How to apply

The scholarship will be available in February, 2020.

Selection criteria

(1) For the selection process, the Associate Dean Engineering must establish a selection committee, comprising:

(a) the Associate Dean Engineering, or nominee, as Chair of the committee; and
(b) the Associate Dean Science, or nominee; and
(c) one or more representatives from Rio Tinto; and
(d) at least one member of the University's academic staff who is currently teaching in engineering or science with UQ staff comprising the majority.

(2) The Scholarship is awarded to the applicants showing greatest merit based on-

(a) academic achievement in courses undertaken to date towards an Approved Engineering Program or Approved Science Program; and
(b) personal and leadership qualities and potential to succeed in the engineering or science profession; and
(c) any other matter that the selection committee considers to be relevant including criteria for Named Scholarships outlined in Addendum 1 (refer to rules).

(3) Preference may be given to applicants who are:

(a) past recipients of a Rio Tinto Excellence Scholarship;
(b) past participants in a Rio Tinto Internship.

(4) The selection committee may decide to interview short-listed applicants.


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Terms and conditions

(1)    The recipient may hold the Scholarship for 1 year, subject to the recipient –

(a) continuing to be enrolled full-time in either the Approved Engineering Program in a Relevant Engineering Field or the Approved Science Program in a Relevant Science Field; and
(b) passing all courses in the first semester of holding the Scholarship; and
(c) conducting themselves in a professional manner in any interactions with or on behalf of Rio Tinto and its employees and representatives; and
(d) not gaining or holding another scholarship that the Associate Dean Engineering considers similar.

(2)    If a recipient fails to satisfy rule 7(1), the recipient must show cause to the Associate Dean Engineering and the Associate Dean Science why the Scholarship should not be cancelled.

(3)    The Scholarship may not be deferred or interrupted.

The University will terminate a Scholarship:

(a)    if the recipient does not show cause to the reasonable satisfaction of the Associate Dean Engineering and the Associate Dean Science as provided for in rule 7(2); or
(b)    once the maximum duration of the Scholarship has lapsed; or
(c)    if the recipient defers, interrupts or suspends their study; or
(d)    if the student commits serious misconduct.


In these rules

Approved Engineering Program includes the Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), or an engineering integrated program, or an engineering dual program.

Approved Science Program means the Bachelor of Science or a dual program including the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours).

Relevant Engineering Field means the field or fields of engineering within the Approved Engineering Program as determined annually by the Associate Dean Engineering, after consultation with Rio Tinto in accordance with 3(2).

Relevant Science Field means Geological Sciences within the Approved Science Program.

Associate Dean Engineering means the Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology.

Associate Dean Science means the Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Science.

Rio Tinto means Rio Tinto Services Limited.

Scholarship means The Rio Tinto Excellence Scholarships

Named Scholarship means a Rio Tinto Excellence Scholarship named in Addendum 1 and administered in accordance with the Rio Tinto Excellence Scholarship rules and relevant additional requirements as outlined in Addendum 2.