Eric Ormond Baker Scholarship

TheĀ Eric Ormond Baker Scholarship aims to promote advancement and leadership in the Australian architecture profession by offering students an opportunity, through travel, to pursue architectural research, acquire professional experience, build professional relationships and expand their mentoring skills.


The Eric Ormond Baker Scholarship provides a postgraduate student with an opportunity to fund an international internship placement, and covers travel and living costs associated with this placement. This scholarship is made possible by generous support from the Trust created by Eric Arthur Ormond Baker to support charitable organisations or purposes in Victoria, including education. The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning would like to thank Graeme Baker for making this career defining opportunity possible for our students.


The Eric Ormond Baker Charitable Fund was established in 1978 to comply with the wishes  of the Late Mr. Eric Arthur Ormond Baker (known as Mr. Eric Ormond Baker) Gentleman and Officer of Her Majesty’s Order of the British Empire and a Knight of the Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem.

Clearly outlined in the Last Will and Testament of the Late Mr. Baker are his wishes for a Fund to be established from his residual estate. He declared that the Fund be called the Eric Ormond Baker Charitable Fund and that it operates:

in perpetuity to or for such charitable organisations or purposes in Victoria as in the opinion of my Trustees fall within any of the following descriptions and as they may from time to time select a hospital not conducted for profit - a public benevolent institution or public benevolent society - an organisation established for the relief of persons in necessitous circumstances - public scientific purposes - public educational purposes.

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Two scholarships of $13,000 each will be offered to two students in the Melbourne School of Design to provide travel and living costs for the duration of an internship, being for a minimum of 20 days and a maximum of 6 months.

The Melbourne School of Design will assist in facilitating the internship where possible, however it is the responsibility of the recipient to make their own arrangements. Attendance at key conferences and symposia would also be facilitated where possible.


Eligible applicants should be currently enrolled in postgraduate study in the Melbourne School of Design and may be enrolled in a PhD or Masters by Research, or in a Masters Coursework degree. Masters Coursework students should be enrolled in a minor research project.

Applicants must also be Australian citizens residing in Victoria and must undertake an international industry-based internship placement with an approved provider.


Recipients are required to:

  • Accept the award online within 21 days
  • Write two letters of acknowledgement and appreciation to the donor/committee (upon acceptance and after completion)
  • Submit a final report within two months of completing the internship
  • Submit a reflection upon completing research

One letter of acknowledgement and appreciation should be submitted on receipt of news of being awarded the scholarship, and should reiterate what the student hopes to achieve and provide any update on activities.  A final report outlining the outcomes of the scholarship – in this case research findings, the value of the internship placement and also recommendations for further research and scholarship in this field – should be submitted on completion.

Application process

Complete the online application form and upload the following supporting documents:

  1. Copy of current academic transcript
  2. 1000-word statement of interest and intent that includes details of the company in which the internship is sought, what the aims of the internship will be, and how it will enhance the applicant’s expertise in the area
  3. Evidence of Australian citizenship

Please ensure you have the above information available before you commence your online application.

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Scholarships will be assessed and awarded on the recommendation of a selection committee. Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 6-8 weeks after the closing date.