EWB Humanitarian Design Summits - Nepal, India, Timor-Leste, Samoa, Malaysia Borneo


Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) Humanitarian Design Summits are 2-week educational study tours to provide students with experience of humanitarian engineering, develop a deeper understanding of human-centred design (HCD) and explore the role of technology in creating positive social change.

EWB Summits can be incorporated into related individual research projects (such as ENGN4200), project work (such as ENGN4221) or as part of the Engineering for a Humanitarian Context special topic course.

More information is available here.

EWB Summits are planned for Nepal and Cambodia during the Summer teaching breaks. 

Summits for Dec - Feb:

  • India

Dec 6th - 19th 2018

Jan 7th - 20th 2019


  • Nepal:

Dec 6th - 19th 2018

Jan 7th - 20th 2019

Feb 4th - 17th 2019


  • Cambodia

Dec 6th - 19th 2018

Feb 4th - 17th 2019


Domestic students may be eligible for New Colombo Plan (NCP) funding and OS-HELP. 

Scholarships are available for:

Nepal (Dec 2018, Jan, & Feb 2019), and Cambodia (Dec 2018 & Feb 2018)


Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

Students must first apply to EWB to be accepted onto a Summit.  All students are then automatically considered for an NCP scholarship for relevant countries.  To be eligible for a scholarship students must be:

·         Domestic Student (for NCP purposes)

·         Enrolled in an ANU undergraduate program in at least their 2nd year of study.

·         Able to incorporate the EWB Summit for course credit (such as a research or group project or special topic).

·         Be in good academic standing with ANU and CECS.

·         Have not had a short-term NCP scholarship before.


How to apply:

Students apply directly to EWB for a place on an EWB Design Summit.  Deadlines are typically 3 months before travel.  Check the EWB website for dates and details here.

All students will then automatically be considered for an NCP scholarship, subject to the eligibility requirements above.


Student stories:

ANU students have been taking part in EWB Summits since the first Summit in Cambodia in January 2015.  You can hear experiences from ANU engineering student James Butler and others here

Other students have shared their experiences:

Sarah Callinan - From Canberra to Koh Chraeng

Rebecca Watts - Lighting communities through passion

Liam Highmore

Emily Campbell - The Empathetic Engineer

The EWB Summit is a great way to experience humanitarian engineering, an emerging application of engineering to achieve positive social and community change and development.  ANU has a rich humanitarian engineering tradition and you can find stories from graduates and current students here:

Huy Nguyen

Rebecca Watts

Sam Palmer

Humanitarian Engineering graduates

Jeremy Smith


Further Information:

Opportunities available at ANU for humanitarian engineering, as well as more information and FAQs are here.

For any questions or queries contact Jeremy Smith: jeremy.smith@anu.edu.au

Application closing date

2 September 2018
Applications open for this opportunity: 
24 Jul 2018
Eligible degree type(s): 

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