Charlie Selman Sustainability Award 2023

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The Charlie Selman Sustainability Award has been established to honour Charlie’s memory by supporting an outstanding final year undergraduate student who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to sustainability, including social and environmental sustainability.  This award has been established as an incentive for students to be more like Charlie Selman: explorative, inventive, unabashedly creative, and dedicated.

Courses eligible

Single or double undergraduate course offered by Swinburne University of Technology in the School of Engineering or the School of Science, Computing and Engineering Technologies.

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible for the Charlie Selman Sustainability Award, applicants must:

  1. Be completing a final year/capstone project with a focus on environment and sustainability addressing one or more of the following areas:
    • Water quality/Conservation
    • Greenhouse gas emissions
    • Waste management practices
    • Biodiversity management
    • Environmental education awareness
  2. Meet the following enrolment criteria:
    • be a final year Swinburne student in 2023
    • be completing their final year/capstone project in 2023
    • enrolled full-time in an eligible course (see courses eligible in section above) at the time of completing their final year/capstone project
    • studying on-campus
  3. Submit a short (no more than 500 words) statement and a 2-4 minute video* about their passion and commitment to sustainability and discuss their specific capstone project

    *The video should be uploaded to cloud based storage (google drive/one drive/drop box) and link provided in your statement. Please ensure the file is downloadable by anyone and provide any passwords.
  4. Submit one referee report outlining your suitability for the award:
    • Academic reference - from a person qualified to comment on academic studies, such as a subject coordinator, school principal, etc.


The award is valued at $2150 (One-off payment)

How to apply

Applicants should complete an online application form and submit with all supporting documentation by 31 October 2023. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For assistance when completing your application, please view the Scholarship Application Help Guide.


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