Earth science scholarship

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources each year offers a three-year scholarship for a young Territorian to undertake university study in earth sciences and other disciplines related to mining and petroleum.

Applications for the 2017 scholarship have closed.

Objectives of the scholarship

The scholarship is intended to:

  • encourage young Territorians to study earth sciences, mining or petroleum engineering, or metallurgy
  • assist young Territorians studying for a degree in one of those fields to complete their degree
  • contribute to retaining earth science, mining or petroleum professionals in the Territory 
  • to assist in developing the Territory’s mineral and energy resources.

Assistance provided

The recipient will receive the following:

  • $12,000 a year for three years to assist with living and other expenses
  • help to find employment during university holidays, where possible
  • opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in the mining and petroleum industries.

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources will also provide the scholarship winner with a mentor to help them find work experience placements and consider career options.

How to apply

Applications for the 2017 scholarship closed on Friday 26 August 2016.

A call for applications for the 2018 scholarships will be made in mid 2017.

Read the conditions of the scholarship (64.2 kb).

Selection process

Applications are considered by a committee of representatives from the Department of Primary Industry and Resources and the mining industry.

Preference is given to applicants under 21 years of age, who are long-term Territorians and have completed the majority of their secondary education in the Northern Territory.

Applicants who are considered suitable will be contacted for a personal interview.

The committee assesses each applicant according to the following criteria:

  • their academic record and whether she or he is likely to be accepted for study in science-related subjects at an interstate university
  • their level of knowledge and interest in working professionally in the minerals or petroleum industry
  • their level of commitment to gaining practical work experience in either the Northern Territory Geological Survey or at exploration or mining operations in the Territory - this might include working at remote locations in the Territory
  • their interest in the mines and energy industry in the Northern Territory.

The scholarship is only awarded if there is a suitable applicant.

The successful applicant is announced by the Minister for Primary Industry and Resources.

Last updated: 06 October 2016