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Scholarships and Study Support

The resources sector is keen to provide financial assistance to its future workers, to ensure that everyone has a chance to participate in their industry, regardless of their economic circumstances.

There are many scholarship programs offered across all types of tertiary education, from a bursary towards fees and materials to fully-paid tuition and accommodation fees. These scholarships can be offered in conjunction with certain universities, TAFE campuses and training institutions or alternatively can be stand-alone scholarships that do not necessarily have commitments to a particular tertiary institution.

Companies and organisations also offer work experience and advanced entry into graduate programs, as well as international exchange opportunities.

Here is a list of awards, scholarships and educational assistance packages:

The Awards for Academic Excellence

The Education Endowment Fund (EEF) Awards for Academic Excellence (AAE) are awarded annually to the top student in each year of an AusIMM-recognised course. Students are nominated by university heads of departments based on the highest annual examination results in the previous year of study. The prizes are available to full-time, part-time or sandwich-year students, who have completed at least one year of an AusIMM-recognised course in Australia.

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The EEF Scholarships (including the Sir Frank Espie/Rio Tinto Leadership Award)

The most outstanding scholarship winners currently receive a Sir Frank Espie / Rio Tinto Leadership Award, which will entitle them to $15,000 per year. This scholarship was generously endowed by the Espie Family, in memory of Sir Frank Espie. Sir Frank demonstrated outstanding leadership, dedication, and technical management to the mining industries of Australia and Papua New Guinea, and was a distinguished leading member of The AusIMM.

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Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)

APA scholarships are awarded to students of exceptional research potential undertaking a HDR in Australia. APAs are provided to assist with students’ general living costs. From 2011 commencing International Postgraduate Research Scholarship recipients are eligible to apply for an APA.

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International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

Scholarships are open to international students of all countries (except New Zealand) and are available for a period of two years for a research masters degree or three years for a research doctorate degree. The scholarship covers tuition fees and health cover costs for scholarship holders, and health cover costs for their dependants. From 2011, commencing IPRS recipients will be able to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award.

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Joint Research Engagement (JRE)

The purpose of Joint Research Engagement (JRE) is to maintain and strengthen Australia’s knowledge base and research capabilities by developing an effective research and research training system in the higher education sector.

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Sustainable Research Excellence (SRE)

The Sustainable Research Excellence in Universities (SRE) initiative addresses the gap in funding for the indirect costs of university research supported by Australian competitive grants.

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Research Infrastructure Block GrantsĀ (RIBG)

Research Infrastructure Block Grants (RIBG) provides block grants, on a calendar year basis, to eligible Australian higher education providers (HEP) to enhance the development and maintenance of research infrastructure.

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University of South Australia Postgraduate Award (USAPA)

Research Training Scheme: Tuition Scholarship Up to 4 years (full-time equivalent) for a Doctoral Degree Maximum of 2 years (full-time equivalent) for a Masters by Research degree.

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Rural and Isolated Scholarship

This scholarship is available to Australian citizens and permanent residents of Australia originally from a rural, regional or isolated area. The Rural and Isolated Scholarship is valued at $28,715 per annum (2012 rate), plus a one-off establishment grant of $5,000. Limited relocation expenses may be reimbursed. A thesis allowance is available.

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Indigenous Scholarship

One scholarship is available each year to be awarded to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant who is applying to do a research degree at UniSA. This scholarship is funded by the University of South Australia and has the same conditions as the Australian Postgraduate Award (tuition and living allowance scholarship).

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CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship Program

CSIRO’s Postgraduate Scholarship Program provides opportunities in science and engineering for outstanding graduates who enrol each year at Australian tertiary institutions. Scholarships are available to full-time postgraduate students who are undertaking research which will lead to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

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Great Artesian Basin Top-up Scholarship Program

The Great Artesian Basin (GAB) is the world’s largest fresh water artesian aquifer system and one of Australia’s most important water resources. The Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee (GABCC) has established two PhD top-up scholarships to foster better understanding of the GAB, and invites applications from suitably qualified applicants.

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Playford Trust PhD Scholarship for South Australians

The Playford Trust is interested in supporting high-quality PhD students planning to carry out research in one of the Trust’s priority areas:

  • Horticulture and aquaculture
  • Water, energy and climate change
  • Advanced manufacturing and new technologies
  • Mining and resources development

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Thomas Scholarship

It is the aim of the Thomas Scholarship to provide financial support for students who may otherwise be prevented from considering tertiary education because of financial disadvantage and/or the high cost of tertiary fees.

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Relocation Scholarship

The new Relocation Scholarship will be paid to eligible dependent Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY (Living Allowance) customers to help with the costs of living away from home to study. This scholarship is administered by Centrelink and no applications are necessary.

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AusIMM EEF Scholarship

Scholarships are provided by The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Education Endowment Fund. They are aimed at encouraging and supporting those who will go on to a career in the minerals industry.

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Atlas Copco Scholarship

The scholarship allows the winner to spend a week of work experience with Atlas Copco in Australia at one of its offices, followed by 2 weeks with Atlas Copco in Sweden. The Atlas Copco Scholarship is open to all student members of The AusIMM who are in their penultimate or final year of a course relevant to the minerals industry.

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Bicentennial Gold 88 Endowment

The Bicentennial Gold 88 Endowment was created with the funds earned through a conference in 1988. The aim is to aid those undergoing learning and research projects relevant to the minerals industry. Each year an amount from the endowment is brought forth and divided up between the winning applicants. The Bicentennial Gold 88 Endowment supports the advancement of education and research in earth sciences for the benefit of economic geology in Australia.

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Maptek Mining Engineering Scholarship

This Scholarship has been established by Maptek Pty Limited and is open to students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia and undertaking their final year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) program of study at the University of Adelaide.

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Indigenous Cadetship Support

The National Indigenous Cadetship Project (NICP) links Indigenous tertiary students with employers in a cadetship arrangement involving full-time study and work placements.

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SANTOS Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Scholarship

The SANTOS Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Scholarships have been established by Santos Limited and will provide scholarships of $10,000 to two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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The Society of Petroleum Engineers Scholarship

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) (South Australian Section) also offers a number of scholarships, with preference being given to South Australian undergraduate students.

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