Seven University of Melbourne students have been awarded prestigious Cambridge Australia Scholarships.

The scholarships will allow the students to undertake post-graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in England.

Bachelor of Science graduate Ms Claire Agius was the only Victorian to receive a Cambridge Australia Kater Scholarship, out of eight awarded nationally.

Ms Agius will undertake a PhD in Plant Sciences, investigating the role of epigenetic and RNA silencing machinery in a plant’s ability to adapt to environmental stresses. Her goal is to become a research scientist.

Only four Masters degree half-scholarships were awarded for 2013, with Melbourne students securing all four awards:

  • Mr Seamus Barker(Cambridge Australia Allen Scholarship) - MPhil in American Literature,
  • Mr Joshua Crowther (Patrick Moore Cambridge Australia Scholarship) - MPhil in Modern European History,
  • Mr Tudor Thomas (Cambridge Australia Allen Scholarship) - Master in Physics,
  • Ms Myfanwy Wood (Davis McCaughey Cambridge Australia Scholarship) - Master of Law (LLM).

Two students were awarded honorary Cambridge Australia Awards, as they have already accepted alternative scholarship support. They were Mr Olaf Ciolek (recipient of the Supreme Court of Victoria Trinity Hall Scholarship) who will undertake a Master of Law and Ms Jolan Price(recipient of the Rea and Edith Bennett Travelling Scholarship) who will undertake a MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development.

The Cambridge Australia Scholarships (CAS) are awarded to outstanding Australian graduates, in collaboration with The Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust.

Around 1000 Australians have been supported by Cambridge Australia Scholarships since their establishment in the 1980s. The 2013 recipients were selected by a panel with representatives from Cambridge Australia Scholarships, Victoria University, La Trobe University and the Australian National University.