Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and the Digital Economy; Medical Research; Volunteering

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

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

    MRIWA introduces scholarships for Aboriginal postgraduates

    3/06/2021 8:00 AM
    • Applications open for MRIWA's first Aboriginal Postgraduate Research Scholarship
    • Award valued up to $40,360 per year for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student

    The McGowan Government today launched a new scholarship to support the development of research champions and industry thought-leaders from the Aboriginal community.


    Delivered through the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA), the award is available for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students undertaking research relevant to the minerals industry in Western Australia.


    The awardee will receive a generous stipend and financial support package valued at up to $40,360 per annum to support studies at any Western Australian university.


    They'll also have access to professional and communication skills training, industry and academic networking opportunities, and mentoring and career development support.


    This new scholarship compliments MRIWA's existing PhD Scholarships, which include the Odwyn Jones PhD Scholarship and PhD Scholarship for Women.


    Applications close Thursday September 30, 2021. For more information, visit https://www.mriwa.wa.gov.au/research-funding/education-program/phd-scholarships/


    Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Stephen Dawson:


    "Creating jobs and career opportunities remains a focus of the McGowan Government.


    "This support package is very generous; it's my hope that it can remove some of the financial barriers of higher education and provide the right people with a boost on their way towards a successful career in the minerals industry."


    Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:


    "MRIWA's scholarship promotes diversity and recognises the important contribution Traditional Owners play in the development of Western Australia's mining industry.


    "The WA Government is very pleased to support a variety of people, including women and migrants, with MRIWA's scholarship program currently supporting 12 PhD students.


    "Upskilling graduates boosts their chances of working in a leadership role in the mining sector. I encourage all eligible candidates to consider applying for this opportunity."


    Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5800

    Mines and Petroleum Minister's office - 6552 6700