The Future of EVs in Creating Carbon-Neutral Transport Networks in the U.S. and Australia
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support worth USD, $3,500 towards the academic expenses of the winning applicant and promote cross-cultural cooperation and understanding between Australia and the United States.
As longstanding allies with shared democratic values, Australia and the United States of America have a similar outlook and desire to be a force for positive change in the world. Nowhere is this more evident than in the need for both countries to adopt electric vehicles to reduce emissions and combat climate change.
As we embrace the challenge of a generation and face up to the need to transition to a carbon-neutral transport systems, we ask the question of how the two countries, with similar land areas, though very different population sizes, can move away from internal combustion engine vehicles and towards electric alternatives.
While parts of the US are leading the charge, it can be argued that Australia needs to be doing more. What can Australia learn from the United States in terms of electric vehicle policy, infrastructure and technology to make the leap and get ahead of the EV curve?
*This scholarship is exclusive to students enrolled in a college or university degree in the United States of America, studying domestically in the United States, or on an approved exchange at a foreign university. Australian students are encouraged to instead apply for our domestic academic scholarship.
To be eligible for the prize, candidates will write a 400 to 500-word essay on the selected topic. Applications are open to the following groups:
A panel of financial professionals from Savvy will judge submitted essays based on demonstration of excellence in:
- Knowledge of the automotive industry and the role of electric vehicles within it
- Knowledge of climate change and the impact of petrol/gasoline and electric vehicles
- Critical and business thinking
- Trend analysis
- Clear, lucid and persuasive communication
- Creativity and overall presentation
The essay deemed most outstanding will be declared the winner of the 2023 Savvy Scholarship.
How to apply
To apply for the scholarship, students will have to submit a 400 to 500-word essay on this topic:
How can the U.S.A. and Australia more effectively transition to carbon-neutral Electric Vehicle transport networks?
- What is the USA currently doing?
- What is Australia currently doing?
- What should they be doing?
- What can one learn from the other?
- What is your opinion?
Submit your application and any further questions regarding the Scholarship and eligibility to [email protected].
When emailing your application, please provide the following information:
- Full name
- Postal address
- Email address
- Phone number
- Name of university / college
- Name of degree
- A copy of your transcript or proof of enrolment
- Upload your essay as a Word doc
- June 30, 2024
Applications submitted after 5pm AEST on June 30, 2024, will not be considered.
When will the winner be announced?
- July 8, 2024
The scholarship will be offered to the applicant who we deem has provided the best response.
Read more about Electric Vehicle uptake in the USA vs Australia here:
*UC Davis referenced Savvy's Australian EV charging points report from 2022.
*The Conversation republished the UC Davis report.
*Savvy's EV Ownership Sentiments Survey was referenced in the above article.
Savvy’s original EV reporting, as referenced above:
Savvy publishes ongoing EV related surveys and reports, available in our Media Room
EV Ownership Sentiments Survey
Australian Electric Vehicle Charging Points Report