Scholarship details

Funding Body:

University of Sydney


The Swan Family Scholarship

Research Areas:

Sciences & Engineering


Postgraduate Research


Starting in 2015, this Scholarship is for the support of an outstanding student from an Australian rural area and enrolled in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program with the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. This scholarship is a competitive merit-based Scholarship, to defray the costs of accommodation and general living expenses beyond University fees and charges.


The Swan family Scholarship is permanently endowed from a generous gift to support students to innovate and rejuvenate the rural veterinary profession. The student awarded The Swan Family Scholarship would be expected to have strong links to rural communities, demonstrated leadership skills and have an ongoing interest and involvement with issues affecting rural communities and will be someone who is able to articulately voice rural concerns and contribute to constructive, contextual debate.


The Faculty will be selecting from a group of students identified on the basis of exceptional academic achievement, proven leadership ability and personal character. We will be looking for their commitment to their community, and their willingness to help and inspire others.



The criteria for selection are:

  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • a high-achieving, rural applicant who is eligible for enrolment in the DVM in the year of the award
  • evidence of direct experience in the rural sector
  • demonstration of an active interest in rural affairs and a desire to contribute to issues affecting the future of rural Australia
  • demonstration of how a Scholarship would assist in achieving their education and career goals.

Then, for the continuation of the scholarship:

  • demonstrating annually, exemplary academic progress.

The student must already have completed an undergraduate degree, and full details for admission to the new DVM program are on our website. 


Amount awarded:

The Swan Family Scholarship will provide the successful candidate with $6,000 per year for each year of the DVM program, so $24,000 in total. 

Application guide:

If you are interested in applying for The Swan Family Scholarship, or if you would like more information, please contact:

Veronica Boulton, Faculty Manager & Sub-Dean (Admissions): Phone: 02 9351 6932 or 0412 331 847.  Email:

The applications are assessed by a review panel (comprising the Dean, Pro-Dean, Associate Dean Postgraduate Programs, Sub Dean DVM and Sub Dean Admissions) and selected based on the criteria outlined below.  


Closing date:

30 September 2014