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2019 Guidelines

Walter Mangold Language Scholarships

Walter Mangold Language Scholarships are generous travel awards offered to language students currently attending university in Victoria, who are approved by their university for an exchange or study abroad placement overseas in 2019 to enrol in an accredited study program for at least one semester (12 weeks’ minimum).

Students who have reached second or third year proficiency in a contemporary language including: Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, are invited to apply.

GUIDELINES 2019 semester 2.

These Guidelines explain the selection criteria and application procedures for the second round of 2019 Walter Mangold Language Scholarships.

The second round of 2019 Language Scholarship Applications is relevant to overseas tertiary exchange or study abroad enrolments commencing in second semester, 2019 (ie, between 1 July 2019 and 31 December 2019.)

The Walter Mangold Trust Fund will consider applications from eligible students from all contemporary language subjects taught at Victorian universities.

The online Application Portal will OPEN here on Monday 18 February 2019.

The CLOSING DATE is 5.00pm (AEDT) Wednesday 27 March 2019.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for 2019 semester 1 Language Scholarships have CLOSED.

Walter Mangold Language Scholarships are intended as a reasonable contribution towards travel and living costs while students are enrolled in full-time language and/or cultural study overseas for a minimum period of 12 weeks (ie, one semester).

Students are required to enrol in a full-time study program overseas that is delivered predominately in the chosen language, not in English. Language-related studies should comprise at least half of the course content. ‘Full-time’ study assumes a minimum of 15 hours’ face-to-face tuition per week. Instruction entirely in English and short course programs of less than 12 weeks’ duration will not be supported.

Eligibility - 2019 semester 2

To be eligible to apply for a Walter Mangold Language Scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident;
  • be currently resident in the state of Victoria;
  • be currently enrolled in an award course at a tertiary institute in Victoria (that is; ideally, be enrolled at the time of Application and be definitely enrolled at the time of going abroad on Exchange);
  • have completed, or expect to complete, all second-year level academic requirements in a language other than English before travelling abroad (or be deemed by the home university to have reached the equivalent of second-year standard language proficiency);
  • be applying through the home university (or have been already been nominated) for a full-time exchange place or study abroad program to study at an appropriate overseas tertiary institution acceptable to the Trust.
  • be accepted for enrolment by the overseas destination university into a full-time study program of 3 to 12 month's duration, commencing in the period from 1 July 2019 to 31 December 2019.

Selection criteria

Applications received from eligible candidates by the closing date are assessed by the selection committee on the written evidence presented in the online application form and in particular, the academic Letter of Endorsement, with regard to their:

  • academic merit and linguistic potential;
  • individual goals and motivation to study overseas;
  • financial need for support;
  • capacity to benefit from the opportunity of language study overseas; &
  • potential to represent the humanitarian ideals of the Walter Mangold Trust Fund.

If shortlisted, two other Referees will be contacted to provide a character appraisal of the applicant.

About the Walter Mangold Language Scholarships

The Walter Mangold Trust Fund was established in 2005 to honour the life and work of the late Walter Mangold (1892-1983) who believed that greater understanding and tolerance between the people of the world - and consequently a lessening of conflict - could be achieved through the study of other languages and cultures.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Walter Mangold's life and ideals.

The Mangold Trustee’s role

The Walter Mangold Trust Fund is administered by the Trustee (The CASS Foundation) strictly in accordance with the objectives and wishes of the benefactors, as stated in the Trust Deed.

Who are the Language Scholarships appropriate for?

Walter Mangold Language Scholarships are most relevant to proficient language students completing second-year language courses who plan to go on an exchange or study abroad program for one or two semesters as part of their accredited undergraduate degree. Honours and postgraduate students may also apply if they are enrolling in an accredited language tuition program overseas, but not to undertake independent research.

It is a pre-requisite for the scholarship that applicants must have satisfied all the requirements for second-year language proficiency (or above) in an academic stream of their chosen language before they depart from Australia. In special circumstances, students who can demonstrate that they are deemed to have achieved the equivalent of second-year proficiency may be eligible to apply. Students are required to present an academic Letter of Endorsement with their application that attests to their language level and capabilities.

Languages and ‘global’ academic programs

Walter Mangold Language Scholarships are intended primarily to support intensive and immersive language study overseas, and to foster greater cultural understanding through direct in-country experiences.

Related inter-disciplinary courses delivered predominately in the chosen language, with the potential to extend linguistic competence and cultural understanding, may be combined with specific language subjects, provided that the applicant is proficient enough in the chosen language of instruction to cope with the academic demands of learning and assessment.

Choice of destination

To meet the objectives of linguistic and cultural immersion expressed in the Trust Deed, it is expected that candidates will choose a destination university in a country where the language they wish to study is the first or official spoken language and the main language of instruction in their proposed academic program.

Amount of scholarship

The amount of each Language Scholarship offered by the Trust will vary depending on:

  • individual student need;
  • the duration of enrolment overseas; &
  • the cost of reasonable travel to and daily living expenses in the destination country.

Applicants are expected to present a travel budget estimate to accompany their application and also to contribute some personal funds. Scholarship amounts are usually in the range of $5,000 to $8,000, up to a maximum of $20,000.

On their return to Australia, scholarship recipients must complete an Experience Report and a financial statement of expenditure to the Trustee.

Walter Mangold Language Scholarships may be held in conjunction with university travel grants and other scholarships, providing these awards are declared to the Trustee.

The online Application Portal for 2019, semester 2 applicants will OPEN here on Monday 18 February 2019.

The Portal will CLOSE at 5.00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday 27 March 2019.

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