Applications for the merit scholarship are now open!

This scholarship is designed to keep NAAUC, and our member residences, up to date regarding topical issues in the residential sector. Supporting student-led research also promotes NAAUC’s role as the peak representative body for students living on campus.

The recipient of the Merit Scholarship will be required to undertake a research project into the Australian university residential community sector. This research will then be written up into a report that can then be used by NAAUC, and our member residences.

Please note that this scholarship covers the cost of a full delegate ticket, but does not cover transport costs or spending money while at conference.


The recipient of the Merit Scholarship must:

  • Be living in a residential community in 2020.

  • Interest in improving the residential community environment at your residence and nationally.

Please note that while having a leadership position at your residence will be viewed favourably, it is not a precondition to applying for the merit scholarship.

application process

DUE: Friday 8 November (5pm)

SUBMISSION: Via email to the NAAUC Secretary, Charlotte Maybery-Reupert, at

INCLUDE: 1-2 pages max

  • A detailed research plan/proposal on an aspect of residential living. This could include (but is not limited to: pastoral care, promoting diversity/inclusivity, promoting mental health, residential committee structures etc).

    • Excellent applications will include a planned methodology and hypothesis.

  • 1-2 paragraphs on how your research could help your residence/residences around Australia.

  • 1-2 paragraphs explaining why you want to attend conference.

  • A written reference from the President/Head RA/Head of residence (whoever is considered most suitable).

The recipient of the merit scholarship will be required to:

  • Present a short summary (10-15 minutes) of their research at National Conference.

  • Submit a research report (1,000-2,000 words) to the NAAUC Executive by the last day of Conference.

    • The report will be published on the NAAUC website, in NAAUC publications, and will be shared with our membership base.

    • The report will be considered NAAUC Intellectual Property (as per our IP policy).

  • Be willing to participate in discussion with Heads of Residences and other delegates on the topic of their research.

  • Exhibit behaviours during the conference that exemplify NAAUC’s values.

Please note that while it is an independent research project, a member of the NAAUC Executive will be available for support during the research process.