Clare Burton Memorial Scholarship
The next Scholarship will be offered for award in 2014. Application information will be posted on this site in mid-2013.
The Clare Burton Memorial Scholarship commemorates Dr. Clare Burton, a leading researcher, public sector administrator, academic, consultant and writer on employment equity, who passed away suddenly in August 1998. The $10,000 Clare Burton Scholarship provides funds to support post-graduate research into gender equity.
Clare Burton was a strong advocate and activist for social change, particularly in the area of pay equity for women. Her academic work fed into policy and practical change in the workplace. Among her numerous achievements, she was awarded the Australasian Political Studies Association Women and Politics prize in 1984 for her essay 'Public and Private Concerns in Academic Institutions'. Clare's monograph Redefining Merit became an essential text for employment equity practitioners. In the 1990s, Clare conducted over a dozen equity reviews in universities as well as reviewing both the Australian and New Zealand defence forces. In 1997, she published Gender Equity in Australian University Staffing for the Higher Education Division of the department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs.
The Clare Burton Memorial Scholarship is available to a student enrolled, or intending to enrol in an ATN University, in either a postgraduate coursework or research degree where the major piece of work focuses on gender equity. The field of gender equity encompasses women and equality in all spheres of endeavour including (but not limited to) the fields of employment, education, health and communication, as well as the particularly gendered professions such as engineering and science.
The successful applicant will receive individual support and mentoring related to their current research and future careers from their host institution. National ATN networks such as WEXDEV may also provide appropriate support.
The Scholarship was established by the five universities of the Australian Technology Network: Curtin University, Queensland University of Technology, RMIT University, University of South Australia and University of Technology, Sydney.
Report on the Clare Burton Scholarships 2002 - 2008
Researched and written by Lynette Browning, University of South Australia, "Where are they now? The Clare Burton Scholarships from 2002 to 2008" examines the impact of the Clare Burton Scholarship on the eight people who have received the Scholarship since its inception in 2002. The report provides information on recipients fields of study, how they used the funds, and the benefits they derived from the Scholarship, in relation to their research and careers.