Postgraduate Scholarships

Tackle the technical challenges facing the mining industry

CRCMining is an ideal work environment for talented engineering graduates and early career professionals to conduct commercially-viable research to tackle the technical challenges facing the mining industry.

CRCMining offers postgraduate scholarships to students wishing to pursue research in:

  • Mining Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

While undertaking a Research Masters (MPhil) or PhD, students will interact with researchers and mining personnel from multiple organisations and are likely to travel to mine sites throughout Australia and overseas.

Students have the opportunity of being placed at one of CRCMining’s four partner universities.

Scholarships up to AUD$52,222* per annum are available (currently tax exempt).

[*Please note that conditions of the award may vary from university to university].

Applications are invited from high calibre, recent or soon-to-be honours graduates in Mining, Electrical, Mechanical or Mechatronics Engineering. Early career industry professionals interested in returning to higher degree studies are strongly encouraged to apply.

CRCMining’s headquarters are at the University of Queensland Pinjarra Hills site in Brisbane, with research activities conducted at:

  • The University of Queensland (UQ) St Lucia campus
  • Pinjarra Hills, UQ Campus
  • University of Newcastle
  • Curtin University of Technology, WASM Kalgoorlie
  • University of Western Australia, Perth

Scholarship Conditions

The conditions of the CRCMining Postgraduate Scholarship are as follows:

The candidate must first be accepted into the University as a Masters or PhD candidate.

The full CRCMining scholarships are un-bonded, currently tax free and start from AUD$27,222 per annum, with an increase to $28,002 per annum following successful completion of a one-year probationary period. The stipend is payable for the duration of study subject to satisfactory performance.

For holders of an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or equivalent, a top up of $10,000 above the base rate is awarded, giving a maximum scholarship of $37,222 per annum.

Industrially experienced graduates will receive an additional $3,000 for each year of accepted post-graduation industrial experience (for a maximum of 5 years/$15,000). Maximum scholarship of $52,222 per annum.

As an indicator, a stipend will normally be payable for 2 years for a Masters degree and 3 years for a PhD. The scholarship is currently HECS exempt for Australians. Performance and the stipend is reviewed annually.

Students will be placed with a research participant and will work as part of a professional research team solving real industry problems, with access to world-class research facilities.

Opportunities are also available to conduct field research in production operations and to gain experience in many aspects of the mining industry.

Any offer of a scholarship by the CRCMining is made subject to approval of the candidate’s enrolment as a postgraduate student by the CRCMining affiliated universities, based on sight of evidence of academic and other relevant qualifications. Candidates are therefore advised not to resign their present position or take any other action that would leave them disadvantaged should enrolment not be approved.

This applies particularly to candidates who are not Australian citizens or are not ordinarily resident in Australia, who also require a visa to enter Australia for study purposes. Please note also that persons who are not citizens or permanent residents of Australia may be required to pay international student tuition fees. Contact the University of Queensland International Education Office for more information.


Please forward resume and relevant details with application CRCMining Human Resources Officer email