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Sustainable Minerals Institute Scheme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

This scholarship is closed.

Enrolment status
Current UQ student
Student type
Study level
Postgraduate research (HDR)
Study area
All study areas
Scholarship focus
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Scholarship value
Up to $5,000. Additional costs can be considered on a case-by-case basis on review of the budget
Scholarship duration
1 year (Lump Sum, can be budgeted for over 2 years)
Number awarded
May vary
Applications open
7 April 2022
Applications close
16 May 2022

About this scholarship

The aim of the bursary scheme is to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander UQ HDR scholars to engage with global issues of responsible and sustainable minerals development, such as the imperatives of sustainable development, cultural heritage protection and environmental stewardship. The Sustainable Minerals Futures HDR Scholars will be supported and encouraged to network, engage and develop critical, innovative thinking about the environmental, social and governance challenges facing the resources industry in Australia and the world today.

The University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute is a world-leading research institute committed to developing knowledge-based solutions to meet the global sustainability challenges facing society. The scholarship scheme will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander UQ scholars to profile their research and engage at academic and industry conferences in Australia and internationally.

SMI also offers a range of short courses on critical and sustainable approaches to the resources sector, including community relations, governance and social performance, mine site environmental management, Indigenous cultural heritage management, health and safety, geology, mining and metallurgy. The scholarship scheme will support access for UQ’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars to attend these courses online and/or on campus or conferences related to the extractive industry (broadly defined). Relevant conferences can include those on social impact assessment, environmental science and rehabilitation, ecological restoration, sustainability and development.

This opportunity may be used at any time during their MPhil or PhD candidature for networking, career development and exchange of ideas.


  • Applicants must be currently enrolled HDR candidates in any field of study at UQ, in either a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil). (Part-time or Full-Time candidates may apply)
  • The applicants must be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  • The applicants must be using the proceeds of the scholarship to study SMI’s short courses and/or attend extractive industry (broadly defined) related conferences – either internationally or in Australia. (see About This Scholarship for details)
  • They must also be interested in sharing their experiences with SMI, to be negotiated.   

How to apply

To apply for the scheme applicants should submit

  • a short description of the conferences and/or courses they wish to attend over the period. (no more than half a page)
  • a budget proposal using the template provided. Your budget may include activities over a 2 year period.
  • Compelling evidence of your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status. This would usually take the form of confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status under the common seal of a community organisation. If you have already presented this to UQ as part of your application for study we will have this on file and you do not need to submit it again.
  • A statement briefly outlining the ways in which the activities will benefit their HDR program and future career.  (no more than a page)

Email your documents to Dr Sarah Holcombe at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining

Note: All scholarship recipients will be invited to present feedback on their experiences, via a short report, video or seminar (to be negotiated) to SMI about their experience within one year of participating in the scheme and finalising their activities. 

Selection criteria

The impact the chosen activities will have on the HDR candidate’s future career and the ways in which the scholarship will enhance and enrich the recipients educational experience.  


This scheme is active from 2022 and the limit is one scholarship per HDR scholar over the course of their candidature.


Dr Sarah Holcombe

Dr Sarah Holcombe at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining