WA offers minerals research scholarships

The Western Australian Government has declared applications for the Minerals Research Institute’s PhD program open.

The scholarship aims to attract the world’s brightest academics to work on projects that address priority issues in the sector.

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston said the best talent would be needed to tackle the most pressing problems in the 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,” Johnston said.

The world’s largest robot is Rio Tinto’s AutoHaul, an automated heavy-haul long-distance rail network. It involves 2.4-kilometre-long trains which travel across a 1700-kilometre network of railway tracks.

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.

“By offering a female-only scholarship the program aligns with the McGowan Government’s commitment to diversity and supporting women in male-dominated industries,” Johnston said.

Each scholar is given $30,000 a year over three years. Applications for the 2019-20 scholarship round close on October 31 2019.

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