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Scholarship for Honours Students in Statistics

Application for Round 2 of 2023 have closed.

The Western Australian Branch of the Statistical Society of Australia is offers annually a competitive scholarship in for Honours students in Statistics.

Applications are open to students enrolled in the upcoming semester who are expecting to complete their course by the end of the following academic year, i.e., within 12 months.

Value and Number of Awards

The scholarship comprises a single cash award of $1,000 and complimentary membership of the Statistical Society of Australia (SSA) for one year. At the discretion of the Selection Panel, instead of a single award two individuals may each receive a prize of $500 and one year’s complimentary SSA membership. The Branch reserves the right to award no scholarship should no applications of sufficient merit be received.

Scholarship recipients are expected to deliver a seminar to the Society that clearly communicates how they have used and benefited from their award. 


Applicants must reside in Western Australia and must be enrolled (or plan to enrol) in Semester One in an Honours degree majoring in Statistics or a related discipline, e.g., Econometrics, Biometrics, Data Science. To be eligible for this Scholarship round, applicants must be expecting to complete their course by 31 July.

Applicants’ major focus of study must be statistical methodology and its applications.

Queries about eligibility should be directed to the Branch Secretary (

Selection Criteria

Applicants must provide the Selection Panel with a written synopsis detailing the subject area and topic of their thesis.

Applications will be judged according to the following criteria:

    • Quality of academic record.
    • Concentration of past studies on statistical topics.
    • Orientation towards real-life applications of statistics and/or study of methods needed to make these feasible.
    • Strength of referees' recommendations.

    How to Apply

    Applicants for the Scholarship must write a Letter of Application with the following enclosures:

      • Statement addressing the Selection Criteria.
      • A curriculum vitae.
      • An academic Statement of Results from your course or any other relevant tertiary studies.
      • The names and contact details of two (2) referees. Each referee should send directly to the WA Branch Secretary a Letter of Reference commending your application.

      Applications and Reference Letters should be sent to the WA Branch Secretary ( by the closing date. Receipt of applications will be confirmed by email.

      Closing Date

      Applications for Round 2 of 2023 closed on Tuesday, 1 August 2023 at 9:00AM AWST.

      Late applications will not be considered.

      Past Recipients

      • 2020: Lachlan Robinson (UWA)
      • 2021: Michael Gerrard (UWA), Tinula Kariyawasam (UWA)
      • 2022: Sophie Giraudo (UWA)
      • 2023: George Malone (Curtin)


      Please direct any queries to the WA Branch Secretary (

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