Aboriginal Groundwater Scholarships

Up to two Aboriginal Groundwater Scholarships are available each calendar year, made possible through a partnership between DEWNR and the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training.

The Aboriginal Groundwater Scholarship is available to Flinders University undergraduate Aboriginal students studying in an Earth Science discipline. Completion of some subjects relating to water is required.

The Scholarship will pay for the university tuition fees (108 units, three years full-time) for successful completion of a course from the School of Environment at Flinders University. The average cost of the three year degree as a Commonwealth supported student is between $27,000 - $30,000.

Scholarship recipients may also receive further tuition funding for a fourth year while undertaking an honours degree. 

The Scholarship recipient will undertake paid work placements within DEWNR (12 weeks each year) plus receive a study and book allowance throughout their study (estimated value $21,758 per annum).

Upon successful completion of the undergraduate and/or honours degree, the Scholarship recipient will be offered employment in a graduate role and will receive a salary of approximately $54,111 - $56,571 per annum.

Applications close 31 January 2014.

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Tahnae Ditton

"The Aboriginal Groundwater Scholarship has relieved the financial pressure l experienced as a mature age student trying to complete an undergraduate degree in science. The support l received meant l could be afforded the time to concentrate on learning rather than fit my university studies around work commitments as l had done in the past. 

The work placement component of the scholarship assisted my practical learning experience by providing access and mentoring from Principle and Senior Hydrogeologists who have been in the industry for many years. I found the knowledge that l had acquired at DEWNR not only reinforced what l was learning at Flinders University, but also furthered my interest in the field of hydrogeology. 

As the scholarship has links to the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) and DEWNR l have developed a broader view of the work Hydrogeologists carry out with strong links to communities, industry, other governmental departments and research partnerships. It is this cross governmental and industry partnerships combined with research that has given me a desire to expand my knowledge base. I want to make a positive contribution to a scientific area that prides itself on delivering expertise to benefit community and industry needs for water. 

Being a recipient of the Aboriginal Groundwater Scholarship, l found direct and positive benefits to my academic progress and am now in a position where l can consider post graduate studies which will further my knowledge of groundwater and hydrogeology whilst improving my long term employment prospects and professional development."