Downer-Rann Scholarships

The Downer-Rann Scholarship is a substantial scholarship awarded to talented and meritorious individuals who seek to enhance their careers in the fields of public policy, information technology, cybersecurity and data analytics.

The Downer-Rann Scholarships

Downer-Rann Scholarships will be awarded in the August 2022 intake.

Carnegie Mellon University is pleased to launch the 2022 Downer-Rann Scholarships for qualified Australians and Permanent Residents. Named after two leading statesmen of South Australia chiefly responsible for the establishment of CMU in Australia

Photo: Alexander Downer (left) and Mike Rann (right).

Alexander Downer AC is one of Australia’s most illustrious public servants. Born in Adelaide to a distinguished political family, Mr Downer was elected to Federal Parliament in 1984 and served until 2008. During this period, he became Australia’s longest-serving Foreign Minister from 1996 to 2007.

After he left elected office, Mr Downer was appointed by UN Secretary-General as the United Nation’s Special Envoy to Cyprus. He was subsequently appointed Australia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2014-208. He served as the founding Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Board of CMU-A.

Mike Rann is one of South Australia’s most accomplished leaders. He was first elected to the state parliament in 1985 and served in a number of ministerial portfolios. He led the Labour Party to victory in 2002 and become the 44th Premier of South Australia until 2011, a tenure that is the third-longest premiership in the state. He also served as National President of the Australian Labor Party during the Prime Ministership of Kevin Rudd.

Mr Rann was appointed Australia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2013 to 2014, and subsequently, Australian Ambassador to Italy, Albania, Libya and San Marino from 2014 to 2016. He was also a Permanent Representative to the UN's FAO and World Food Programme, where he was a board member.

Programs covered by the scholarship

Public Policy and Management

This program combines disciplines of policy analysis, economics and financial analysis with practical skills in management, IT and empirical methods. The skills acquired in these areas are in demand across the South Australian public service.

Information Technology Management

Includes courses in Java programming, programming in R, Python, data mining and analytics, and telecommunication as well as management courses.

Business Intelligence & Data Analytics

Customised for students seeking to develop cutting edge skills in IT Management and data analytics, the program provides you with knowledge of how technology interacts with business processes, strategy, and policy.

There will be up to (10) Downer-Rann scholarships awarded for each intake in the 2022 academic year (January and August).

The programs offered in Adelaide are the same in all respects as those offered in the US. The final degree is awarded from the US and is accredited in both Australia and the US.

The programs may be taken for 12 months full-time or up to 7 years part-time. The scholarships represent an award value of 60% of the total tuition fee. Members of the South Australian Public Service may also be able to access salary sacrifice.

Scholarship Value

60% of domestic tuition fee.

Please refer to the fee table below. The per unit costs are inclusive of the financial package from CMU and the Downer-Rann Scholarship.

12-Month Track ProgramsNo. of Units

Cost Per Unit

Total Cost

Information Technology Management (12-month Track)144AUD $132AUD $19,008
Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
168AUD $132
AUD $22,176
Public Policy and Management (12-month Track)
168AUD $116
AUD $19,488


Open to Australian citizens or permanent residents.

The Downer-Rann Scholarship is the premier scholarship of CMU-A established in honour of former Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer AC and forner South Australian Premier, Mike Rann AC, two individuals who championed the establishment of Carnegie Mellon University in Australia.

Meet our Downer-Rann Recipients

Carnegie Mellon attracts some of the best and brightest students worldwide, which is why we offer competitive scholarships that aids admirable students in reaching their goals.

Dr Pallave Dasari (MSPPM, 2018)

Research Development Coordinator at the Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide

Dr Pallave Dasari studied a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management to be better equipped to address the challenges to translating research outcomes.

A Research Development Coordinator at the Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide, Pallave couples the skills she has gained from her Master's degree from CMU-A with her PhD in Philosophy from Flinders University of South Australia and scientific background to further advance her career. With over 22 scientific publications, Pallave was inducted into the inaugural "Superstars of STEM" program by Science and Technology Australia (STA) in 2017.

Jonathan Teubner (MSPPM, 2018)

Manager, Public Policy Graduate, Manager Economic Regulatory Development, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Jonathan Teubner completed his Master of Science in Public Policy and Management at CMU-A, graduating with High Distinction in 2018. He also holds an MBA, a Masters in Business Law and a Bec (Hons) from the University of Adelaide.

Jonathan has over 20 years of experience in Analytical, Commercial and Strategic Development roles across the Australian infrastructure industry, primarily focused on natural gas but with a deep understanding of electricity and alternative energy technologies. He currently holds the position of Manager, Economic Regulatory Development with the Australian Rail Track Corporation.

Helen Galindo (MSPPM, 2019)

Manager, Health & Safe Workplaces, Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment

Helen Galindo pursued her Master of Science in Public Policy and Management and graduated from CMU with Distinction in 2019. Helen also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physiotherapy from Leeds Metropolitan University. She also has a Diploma of Government (Occupational Health and Safety) and is a Fellow at the Australian College of Physiotherapy.

Helen is currently the Manager, Health & Safe Workplaces with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment. She is responsible for shaping strategies that deliver sector-wide healthy and safe workplaces and appropriate responses to work injuries. Helen is committed to increasing understanding of what makes work good and translating this into WHS and human resources strategy to improve our working lives.

Michael Guy (MSPPM, 2020)

Senior Environmental Planner, SA Housing Authority

In 2016, Michael Guy was awarded the Downer Rann scholarship to pursue his Master of Science in Public Policy and Management. He also holds a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning degree from Griffith University in Queensland.

Michael graduated from CMU-A in 2020 and has since moved on to the SA Housing Authority, where he is a Senior Planner within the Affordable Housing Team. “Strategic planning and policy skills developed at CMU have been highly relevant to my Senior Planner role, where I am required to develop strategies to address critical housing affordability issues in South Australia,” he says.

Samantha Stark (MSPPM, 2017)

Coordinator, National health and Performance Assessments with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory

Dr Samantha Stark completed her Master of Science in Public Policy and Management, in 2017 with a High Distinction. Samantha also holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Adelaide and a Bachelor of Biotechnology (1st Class Honours) from Flinders University of South Australia.

She is currently the Coordinator, National health and Performance Assessments with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory. Prior to this, Samantha was the Head of the National Referral Laboratory (SA Pathology), Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Adelaide.

Susan Heinrich (MSPPM, 2019)

Clinical Psychologist

A registered psychologist, Susan Heinrich pursued her Master of Science in Public Policy and Management, where she graduated with High Distinction in 2019. She also holds a Masters of Psychology (Clinical) and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology Honours) from Finders University in South Australia, and a Graduate Diploma of Psychology from Charles Sturt University.

Susan has previously worked as a senior psychologist for the Department for Education and Child Development (Employee Psychology and Wellness Team) for the SA government. Susan is also the owner of a private practice, where she now works full-time.