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The Australia-Russia Friendship-in-Scouting Scholarship is funded by the Memorial Foundation for Scouting in Russia in memory of Gwenda Hollis, Masha Platonova and Michael Durnan. These Scout Leaders, from Australia, Russia and Britain respectively, died in a tragic accident following the First Russian Scout Jamboree, which was held near St Petersburg in August 1994 following the re-emergence of Scouting in Russia after it had been banned for about 70 years. Substantial contingents of Australian Scouts visited the Moscow/St Petersburg region of Russia in 1992 and 1994.

Scholarship guidelines

The scholarship will provide partial funding for the scholarship recipient to travel to Russia to participate in projects/activities that are likely to be of lasting benefit for Scouting in both Australia and Russia. The scholarship will provide half of the project/activity costs up to a maximum funding specified at each time applications are invited, taking into account maintenance of the real capital of the fund. The scholarship recipient will be required to provide a budget outlining the costs of their project.

Scholarships will be offered to registered Australian Leaders or Rovers within the Scout Association of Australia who apply and meet the selection criteria.

Normally scholarships would be offered to individuals, but proposals that involve more than one Australian participant may be considered in special circumstances, especially if the likely benefit is very significant.

The duration of each visit to Russia would normally be in the range of two to six weeks, depending on the detailed nature of the project/activities. If scholarship recipients desire to combine their scholarship travel with private travel, details should be included in their application and such a combination will require the approval of the International Commissioner prior to undertaking the scholarship.

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Applicants will be required either to submit a detailed proposal for activities and projects that they propose to undertake during their visit to Russia, or applicants will be required to respond to specific criteria relating to their undertaking a project that is specified in an invitation for applications.

Proposals will be considered by International Funds Committee, or a selection panel appointed by that committee, following an invitation for applications annually or biannually, but expressions of interest may be submitted at any time.

Following the scholarship recipient’s completion of the designated projects/activities, the scholarship recipient will be required to deliver a comprehensive report in forms prescribed from time to time, but normally expected to include a comprehensive written report suitable for wide distribution within Australia and Russia and may include oral presentations to appropriate National, Branch, area and other Scouting and community forums.

Selection criteria

Types of projects/activities that scholarship holders could undertake

It is anticipated that all scholarship recipients will develop relationships with Russian Scouts that will then be utilised to establish on-going links between Australian and Russian Scouts, sometimes including actual travel of youth members between Russia and Australia.

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Applicants are required to complete the application form and should be no more than 2 or 3 pages in length. The main part of the application should be a statement describing the proposed project with concise details of purpose and a reasonable indication of the itinerary and timing and who they would interact with in Russia and for what purpose and expected outcome of the trip. Click here to download the application form (PDF, 87KB).

Resources to assist potential applicants to develop scholarship project proposals

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