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Theresa Symons Scholarship

Further information

Application deadline and conditions

All students applying for enrolment in a Higher Degree by Research (Research Masters of PhD) in Philosophy at UWA are eligible to apply for a Theresa Symons Postgraduate Scholarship.

These are supplementary scholarships to be held in conjunction with a Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend, a University Postgraduate Award or equivalent postgraduate research scholarship.

The Theresa Symons Postgraduate Scholarship is valued at $15,000 pa in 2017.

Selection criteria

The scholarship is awarded by the selection committee to the applicant who best demonstrates:

  • (a) academic achievement as evidenced by their academic record; and
  • (b) research potential based on academic referee reports, outline of the proposed research project and supporting documentation

Duration of award

The scholarship can apply for up to three years full time or equivalent part time.

Application procedure

You should submit an online application through the iAthena scholarship application system for Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships and University Postgraduate Awards at UWA.

You also need to email a covering letter, 5000-word writing sample and a 250-word outline of the proposed research to the Philosophy Discipline Chair: email:

About the Trust

Theresa SymonsThe Theresa Symons Philosophy Trust (the Trust) was established by the estate of the late Paul Symons to honour the memory of his mother, Theresa Symons (pictured). The Trust funds up to three postgraduate scholarships annually, known as the Theresa Symons Postgraduate Scholarships in Philosophy, for qualified students wishing to pursue a higher degree by research in philosophy at The University of Western Australia.

Christopher Paul Castairs Symons, who preferred to be called "Paul", was a philosophy student from the mid 1950s through to the early 1960s. He matriculated from St Charles Seminary. His Master’s thesis title is "The Composite Nature of Man according to Aquinas and Descartes",  supervised by S A Grave. Paul requested to graduate from the School of Philosophy rather than the School of Psychology in 1957 and was granted his request. He achieved his MA in Philosophy in 1961. He continued to show a keen interest in the Department of Philosophy by maintaining contact with the staff up until 2001.

It is as a direct result of Paul Symons’ high regard for his teachers and for the subject of philosophy that he made this bequest in memory of his mother.