Applications for the 2017 program have now closed.

The Australian Institute of Geoscientists’ Student Bursary Program was initiated to promote and support geoscience research and education in Australia. The Bursary Program began in 2001 to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) and, since then, the AIG has awarded 189 bursaries to geoscience students in Australian universities. In 2017 the AIG is again offering bursaries to Honours, Postgraduate and Third Year geoscience students.

The 2017 Bursary awards, which have values between A$1000 and A$4000, are funded by the AIG, by the generous sponsorship of individuals and organisations, and by donations from AIG members to the AIG Geoscience Education Foundation.

Eligibility criteria and guidelines for all bursary applications are given on pages 1, 2 and 3 of the PDF (see below). Additional eligibility criteria for specific sponsored bursaries are given on page 4. A bursary application form is included as page 5.



The AIG Student Bursary Program is open to students who, at the closing date for applications, are:

  • enrolled at Third Year, Honours or Postgraduate level in a geoscience course at an Australian tertiary institution;
  • Australian citizens or permanent residents1;
  • current and financial Fellows, Members, Graduate Members, or Student Members of the AIG.



Student membership of the AIG (for Undergraduate and Honours students) is free; Graduate membership in 2016-17 is $103.40 (inclusive of GST; there is also a $30 + GST one-off application fee for new applications). AIG membership application forms can be obtained from the AIG Membership page.


The AIG Bursary awards are generally announced and awarded in early- to mid-October each year. Applicants seeking funding for specific activities should ensure that the timing of these activities is appropriate to this schedule.


Registrations for the 2017 program have now closed.



1 The bursaries are funded via the AIG Education Foundation. This is a charitable foundation and, under Australian taxation legislation, awards can only be made to Australian citizens or permanent residents.