Mark Patterson Memorial Bursary

Scholarships @ JCU Search Mark Patterson Memorial Bursary

This fund was established by the family, friends and colleagues of Dr Mark Patterson, a Research Fellow in the Graduate School of Tropical Veterinary Science and Agriculture who died of Burkitt's Lymphona in 1992 at the age of 32. The purpose of the fund is to promote research in the field of host-pathogen interactions within the Discipline of Biomedical Sciences

Student TypeHonours or Doctorate
Area of StudyBachelor of Biomedical Science or Bachelor Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) or Doctorate in animal or human immunology
Total Value$6,000
Duration1 year
Closing Date30 November 2017

Am I eligible?

If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for this scholarship.

  • I am an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent visa holder;
  • I am enrolled in a Bachelor or Biomedical Science or Bachelor Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) degree; or
  • Doctorate students undertaking research in animal or human immunology.

What would I receive?

The value of the bursary shall be the amount available from interest earned by the fund as advised annually by the Director of Financial Services. In 2016, the value is $6,000 paid in two equal instalments after census date of Study Period 1 and Study Period 2.

Selection Criteria

The Selection Criteria are:

  • Academic merit or potential;
  • The character of the candidate for the award; and
  • Any other criteria that the Selection Committee deems appropriate, including whether the candidate has, or will receive any other scholarship assistance during their studies.

How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted on the official form no later than the date set by the Selection Committee for the year in which the award is to be made.

Applicants must attach to the official form:

  • A copy of their academic record from James Cook University or a certified copy from any other academic institution;
  • No more than three references attesting to the applicant's good character and/or suitability to receive the scholarship;
  • Their curriculum vitae; and
  • Any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an option as to the merit of the application.

Applications submitted without the relevant documentation will not be considered.

The applicant authorises the Selection Committee to make such enquiries as to the applicant's good character and suitability to receive the bursary, which includes authorisation for the Selection Committee to examine the applicant's academic record, and seek opinions from relevant members of the academic staff of this University or any other academic institution.

What happens now?

Your application is checked for completeness and eligibility, and you will receive an email confirmation it has been received. After the closing date it will be individually assessed and put forward to a selection committee who will rank your application against others who have applied. Applicants may be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.


Selection Process

The award of the scholarship shall be made in the absolute discretion of the Selection Committee, which shall comprise:

  • Dean, College of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Veterinary Sciences (Chair), or nominee
  • Head, Academic Group of Biomedicine, or nominee
  • other members deemed appropriate, as determined by the Chair.

The Selection Committee reserves the right:

  • Not to award a Scholarship in any year if, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, there is no applicant of sufficient merit to warrant an award;
  • To award a bursary for a period of one or more years; and
  • To extend a Scholarship for an existing recipient.

The Selection Committee may require applicants to undertake an interview as part of their application. The Selection Committee will determine all matters relating to the bursary.

Conditions of the Scholarship

If the holder of an award fails to comply with any of these provisions or any provision relating to a particular award or with any conditions imposed under these provisions or the provisions relating to a particular award, the Council may terminate the award or withhold any further emoluments or take such action as it may deem necessary to enforce compliance with the provision or performance of the condition by the holder.

The recipient of the bursary shall continue to receive the award on condition that in the opinion of the Selection Committee, and on advice from the head of the school in which the recipient is undertaking a course of study, that the recipient maintains a satisfactory level of performance. Where it is determined that the level of academic performance is unsatisfactory the Selection Committee may in its absolute discretion cancel the award or suspend the award for such time as it may determine and/or until academic performance is considered satisfactory. Where an award is cancelled pursuant to the provisions to this clause it may, for the remainder of the term for which the original holder would have been entitled to it, be awarded to another suitable candidate.

In the event the Selection Committee cancels or suspends the student's bursary, at the request of the student within 14 days, a review of the decision shall be undertaken by an Appeal Panel. The bursary shall not be awarded to another suitable candidate before the Appeal Panel makes a final decision on the review. The Appeal Panel shall comprise the Deputy Vice-Chancellor or nominee (Chair); two staff members of the appropriate Faculty appointed by the Executive Dean; and either the Student Association Academic Support Services Coordinator or the Student Association Welfare Coordinator. The staff members appointed by the Executive Dean shall have no association with the teaching of the subject(s) in which the unsatisfactory academic performance is alleged. Unless the circumstances are exceptional, the Appeal Panel shall consider only: the student's grounds for requesting the review; any documents relevant to the finding of unsatisfactory academic performance; and the reasons for the decision by the Selection Committee.

The requirements of the bursary shall not make the awarding of the bursary conditional upon the recipient providing unremunerated services or products to the donor.

In the event that the recipient suspends their study, the bursary shall be suspended.


Paid in one instalment approximately three weeks after acceptance of the scholarship, and confirmation of enrolment appropriate to the level of study.

Administration of the Scholarship

The bursary shall be administered by the Head, of Academic Group of Biomedicine, on behalf of the Selection Committee.
The funds of the bursary shall be held in an account in the name of the University and shall be administered by the officer of the University charged with administering the bursary.
Where there is a fund maintaining the award, the annual value of the award shall be approximately equal to the annual income from the fund.
Income from a fund not expended on the award which it maintains, shall be added to and become part of the fund.
Moneys payable in any year to the holder of an award shall be paid at such times and in such amounts as the Committee deems appropriate to the circumstance of each case.
Where a special provision relating to an award provides for the award to be paid in cash, the Vice-Chancellor may direct that in lieu of cash the award to be made in whole or in part in the form of books, instruments or equipment necessary to the awardee's course to a value approximately equal to the stated amount of the award, unless the terms of any trust or the conditions laid down by the donor of the award expressly provide otherwise.
Where an award provides some benefit to the recipient from a body external to the University, or an obligation upon a body external to the University, the University, its servants and agents, shall not be liable for that benefit or obligation.


Unless there appears a contrary intention in these rules:
"academic institution" includes University, Technical and Further Education College, private education provider, secondary school and any other institution that undertakes teaching or research;
"academic record" means the official records of the University, or any other academic institution that details the levels of academic achievement attained by the person whose academic record it is;
"award" means the scholarship;
"awardee" means the recipient of a scholarship; and
"candidate" means the person applying for the scholarship

Scholarships for the purpose of these guidelines exclude scholarships for project and stipend support of research higher degree students.