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Oliver Shaul Scholarship

The Oliver Shaul Scholarship provides an opportunity for a TAFE NSW Cookery graduate or final year student to train overseas in a restaurant or hotel kitchen of first class international reputation for a period of at least three months. Join previous scholarship recipients who have trained in London’s Michelin-starred The Five Fields and The Savoy, San Francisco’s Chez Panisse and Coi and Michelin-starred Relæ in Copenhagen.

Closing date: 5pm Monday, 31 July 2023

  • Applicant must be in their final year of study at TAFE NSW in the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery or the Certificate III in Asian Cookery during 2023
  • Applicant must have achieved a high standard of academic achievement in their studies
  • Applicant must demonstrate a commitment to achieving excellence in the field of cookery in Australia
  • Applicant must demonstrate the capacity to be an Australian goodwill ambassador overseas
  • Applicant must demonstrate the merit of the proposed study, training or work placement to be undertaken
  • Applications will be reviewed against the Application Checklist (page 2 in the application form) to determine eligibility
  • Eligible applications will be reviewed by the selection committee against the selection criteria and other requested information
  • Short listed applicants will be invited to attend an interview with the selection committee
  • The selection committee will award the prize based on:
    • academic achievement in Certificate III in Commercial Cookery or the Certificate III in Asian Cookery
    • commitment to the goal of achieving excellence in the field of cookery in Australia
    • capacity to be an Australian goodwill ambassador overseas
    • the merit of the proposed study/training or work placement to be undertaken
    • the ability of short listed applicants to confirm the study/training or work placement
  • Applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of the selection process

Can I apply if I finish my course during 2023?

Yes. Students who are in their final year of study in 2023 are encouraged to apply, this includes mid-year and end of year completions in 2023.

What type of study/training or work placement can I undertake?

The study, training or work placement should be in a restaurant or hotel kitchen of international reputation, in a location overseas (i.e. outside of Australia).

What is an appropriate length of time to plan for the study/training or work placement?

The study, training or work placement should take no less than three months, and there is no maximum period. The study, training or work placement must commence within six months of being awarded the scholarship, which will be officially awarded in October 2023.

Who will be on the selection committee?

The selection committee will be a minimum of three people and will include:

  • a representative of Oliver Shaul as Chairperson,
  • an industry representative, and
  • a TAFE NSW representative

Are there any reporting requirements during and after the trip?

Yes, the Scholarship recipient will be provided with instructions and templates for reporting on the progression and outcomes of their study, training or work placement, including:

  • a Scholarship Status Report, which must be completed prior to embarking on the trip
  • a Recipient Report, which is to be submitted on completion of the study/training or work placement

What if I can’t attend the interview in person?

Interviews will be held in Sydney, NSW. If you are invited to participate in an interview and cannot attend in person, video conference facilities will be made available. It is your responsibility to make the arrangements with your local TAFE NSW to access these facilitates, if required.

How do I make arrangements for my proposed study, training or work placement if I don’t know if I will win?

  • Make initial contact with your proposed study/training or work placement provider/s to establish the proposed start and completion dates. The study/training or work placement must commence within six months of the winner being announced in October 2023.
  • Estimate the costs, such as airfares, other transport, accommodation, living expenses, required tools and equipment and other related costs.
  • Document these proposed dates and costs in your application.
  • If confirmation of the study, training or work placement is available and you are invited to attend an interview, bring the confirmation with you.
  • If you are shortlisted by the selection committee, confirmation of your accepted proposal for study, training or work placement must be provided to be awarded the scholarship.

Download and complete the application form. Ensure you sign the declaration and attach all relevant supporting documents.

Oliver Shaul Scholarship
Application Form
(PDF, 491KB)

Scan and email the Application form with supporting documents to: scholarships@tafensw.edu.au by 5pm Monday, 31 July 2023.

About Oliver C Shaul

Starting as an apprentice pastry cook in Switzerland in 1936, Oliver Shaul had a long and distinguished career in the hospitality industry. His achievements include designing the first food court in Australia, growing the Federal Hotel in Melbourne to become the first publicly listed hospitality organisation in Australia, establishing the Travelodge hotel chain, opening the Summit Restaurant in Sydney’s CBD, and establishing and running the catering in the Sydney Opera House.

After such an exhaustive and exemplary career, in 1990 Oliver Shaul was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the hospitality industry.

Oliver Shaul also had a long association with TAFE NSW and a deep commitment to training. In 1988, he established the TAFE NSW Bicentenary Oliver Shaul Scholarship Fund, to provide an annual scholarship to the most meritorious student in their final year of a TAFE NSW Commercial Cookery trade course.

This prestigious scholarship provides the winner with the opportunity to broaden their education and strive for excellence in their profession.