Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    Scholarships to attract world's brightest to WA

    3/09/2019 7:00 AM
    • Applications open for Minerals Research Institute of WA's PhD program
    • $1.7 million awarded in PhD scholarships since 2014 to support research in mining 
    • Each scholar receives $30,000 a year over three years

    Applications are now open for the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia's (MRIWA) PhD scholarship program where the world's brightest will work on projects to address priority issues in the sector.


    Since 2014, the scholarship program has invested $1.7 million to attract domestic and international talent to ensure Western Australia remains at the forefront of minerals research and technology development.


    Now in its sixth year, the program offers a female-only scholarship to encourage high-calibre women to pursue higher-degree-research opportunities and create career pathways in the traditionally male-dominated industry.


    Three of MRIWA's inaugural scholars have now completed their PhD studies, with their thesis documents available for viewing on the MRIWA website. 


    Applications for the 2019-20 scholarship round close on Thursday October 31, 2019. For more information, visit https://www.mriwa.wa.gov.au/scholarships/phd-scholarship-program


    Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:


    "The McGowan Government is seeking the world's brightest talent to undertake research into priority issues experienced in Western Australia's mining sector.


    "Western Australia is renowned for being a global leader in technology and innovation, right now in the Pilbara the world's largest robot is operating thanks to our highly-skilled workforce. 


    "By offering a female-only scholarship the program aligns with the McGowan Government's commitment to diversity and supporting women in male-dominated industries."


    Minister's office - 6552 6700