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About this scholarship


Each year the National Security College (‘the College’) may offer a number of awards known as the Dr Margot McCarthy Memorial Scholarship for Women in Security (‘the Award’).

The objectives of the Award are to foster domestic talent in women in national security policy and attract high quality applicants who may otherwise have been excluded due to financial constraints and who can demonstrate long-term commitment to a career in National Security in either the public service or policy research.

Funding for this Award has been provided by the National Security College.



$ 24,000

per annum

This is a cash payment scholarship worth a maximum of $36,000 over 72 units of study ($24,000 per annum).

1 on offer

Payments made per semester

Payments made for program duration


06-Nov-2023 to 03-Jan-2024

  • Student types

  • Student levels

    Postgraduate coursework, Graduate Certificate, Master Degree
  • Number of scholarships awarded

    1 on offer
  • Selection bases

    Academic merit, Financial hardship, Gender
  • Ongoing eligibility

    Continuation based on academic performance

Field of study

National Security Policy


The Award is available to an ANU student commencing or continuing their studies in 2023 who:
  1. is a domestic student; and 
  2. identifies as a woman; and
  3. receives an offer of admission to or is currently enrolled in the Master of National Security Policy.

Additional information

The scholarship offers a stipend of a maximum of $36,000 ($24,000 per annum) paid in equal instalments at the beginning of each semester, for the duration of the program (up to 72 units).
The recipient is responsible for making payment of all tuition fees by the prescribed date as set out by the University each session. Recipients of the Award are responsible for the costs of books, study materials, accommodation and all other costs of study.
As well as applying for admission to the Master of National Security Policy, applicants must:
  • Complete the application form
  • Attach a statement of aims of no more than 500 words to support their application
  • A current Curriculum Vitae of no more than 3 pages attached as part of the application
  • Two (2) academic written references.
The references must be "closed envelope" references are to be sent directly from the referee to the Senior Student Engagement Coordinator, at  prior to the closing date.
The statement of claims should address the following questions:
  1. What are your reasons for undertaking the Master of National Security Policy?
  2. What are your long-term objectives and how will the degree help you achieve them?
  3. How do your circumstances align with the selection criteria listed in the conditions of award?
All enquiries regarding the should be made to:
Senior Student Engagement Coordinator
National Security College
Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Contact us:

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