Professor Edgar Smith Scholarship

This scholarship offers a travel award for an extended overseas visit, typically to attend a conference and to work with an expert of international standing in the area of the successful applicant's thesis.

The Professor Edgar Smith Scholarship was established to honour the memory of Professor Edgar Smith, who passed away in July 2009. Professor Smith was appointed to the Chair of Applied Mathematics at La Trobe University in 1986 and during his career with La Trobe he served as Head of the Department as well as the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering. He was also Pro Vice-Chancellor IT from 1995-2005.

The Scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time PhD student of outstanding merit from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The award will normally be made in the area of applied mathematics (including mathematical physics), which was Professor Edgar Smith's own discipline area.


1 x $8,000 travel award


This scholarship is open to students who:

  • are enrolled for PhD study in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • can demonstrate outstanding merit through the progress of their studies
  • can demonstrate the benefits of an overseas visit or conference attendance to their PhD research
  • would normally be working in the area of applied mathematics (including mathematical physics).

How to apply

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics invites applications from all eligible applicants for the Professor Edgar Smith Scholarship.

Applications should:

  • include a CV (including copies of papers which have been published or submitted, if applicable)
  • address the criteria and eligibility requirements listed above
  • include a brief (half page) description of the proposed travel programme, including, if applicable, correspondence with any overseas expert(s) to be visited.

For further information, contact the Head of Department:

Applications are due by close of business on 18 December and should be sent by email to the Head of Department: