The Eric Ormond Baker Scholarship

Study level
Graduate coursework, Graduate research
Enrolment status
Current student
University Trust Record


Study Area

Screen and Cultural Studies


The Eric Ormond Baker Scholarship provides a postgraduate student with an opportunity to fund an international internship placement at a major entertainment conglomerate, and covers travel and living costs associated with this placement. The scholarship is an important step in further strengthening and developing Global Themed Entertainment as a major area of study in Screen Studies, Media and Communication, Cultural Studies and Arts and Cultural Management.  The scholarship has been made available through the Eric Ormond Baker Charitable Fund and the particular interests of trustee and Screen Studies alumnus Graeme Baker.



One scholarship will be awarded in 2016 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 School of Culture and Communication will assist in facilitating the internship. Attendance at key conferences and symposia would also be facilitated where possible.


Eligible applicants should be currently enrolled in postgraduate study in the School of Culture and Communication and their area of research must encompass an aspect of global themed entertainment. Eligible applicants 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 

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 internment placement and also recommendations for further research and scholarship in this field – should be submitted on completion.


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.

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 entertainment 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

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





The amount available for this award is approximate. It will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.

The judges' decision will be final and the University reserves the right not to award the prize in the event it is considered that no work of sufficient merit has been submitted. Winning applicants please note the University of Melbourne reserves the right to publish the name of the winning applicant on its websites and other University of Melbourne publications.

Taxation on scholarships

Scholarships awarded to part-time students are assessed as taxable income by the Australian Taxation Office (under section 51-10 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997).

To ensure the correct rate of income tax is withheld, part-time students will be asked to provide a Tax File Number (TFN) Declaration Form prior to payment.

For further information on whether a scholarship is taxable, please visit the Australian Taxation Office website.