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PhD Scholarships

When are applications for MRIWA scholarships due?

The deadline for applications to MRIWA is October 31st.

Do I need to apply to a university as well as to MRIWA?

Yes. MRIWA is not an educational institution and has no formal influence on the assessment and acceptance of applicants onto degree programs. Applicants for MRIWA Scholarships who are not already engaged in PhD studies at the time of application must have applied for a PhD program prior to submitting an Expression of Interest to MRIWA.

Do I need to study in Western Australia?

Yes. A MRIWA scholarship can be held by any student who will be primarily based at a university campus located in Western Australia.

Do I need to have a supervisor in place before I apply for a MRIWA scholarship?

Yes. Applicants are advised to begin discussions with potential supervisors as early as possible in the process of preparing their application.

Can MRIWA help me to find a potential supervisor?

No. Applicants are expected to conduct their own research and build any required relationships with supervisors and other relevant staff at a host University as part of their application preparations.

Will MRIWA supervise my studies?

No. Awardees will be supervised in their studies by academic staff at their host institution. MRIWA will provide additional support and networking opportunities to awardees and can act as an independent advocate on their behalf, but does not play a formal role in the management of their studies.

What are the English language requirements for a MRIWA scholarship?

Applicants from a non-English-speaking background must supply valid IELTS documentation (or equivalent) demonstrating competency in written and spoken English to the standards required by their proposed host University. Applicants who have a degree-level qualification from an Australian University are exempt from this requirement.

Can I submit an application or supporting documents in a language other than English?

All documentation must be submitted in English. Where original documentation is in another language, it must have been translated into English.

When will I find out the results of my application?

Final decisions on the award of MRIWA scholarships are made a meeting of the Institute’s Board in mid-December. All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application no later than two days after this meeting.

Can I study part-time?

Yes. MRIWA will consider applications for either full-time or part-time studies.

Can I hold other scholarships while in receipt of a MRIWA award?

Yes. MRIWA scholarships are non-exclusive, and can be held alongside other awards. Where an awardee is also in receipt of an Australian Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or equivalent, the MRIWA scholarship is converted to a top-up award.

Does a MRIWA scholarship cover the costs of the research I will undertake?

An awardee’s supervisor and/or host institution are expected to provide the primary support for analytical and other costs associated with their research. MRIWA provides all awardees with up to $5,000 per year (administered by their host University) for ancillary research expenses, travel, and other costs related to their studies.

Does MRIWA support conference attendance and travel for awardees?

MRIWA provides all awardees with up to $5,000 per year (administered by their host University) for ancillary research expenses, conference fees, travel, and other costs related to their studies.

Does MRIWA provide funding for relocation expenses?


Do I need to have experience in mining to be awarded an MRIWA scholarship?

No. Candidates are assessed on the basis of their educational record, the relevance of their current or proposed studies to MRIWA’s research priorities, and their career and personal experience in relation to the proposed research program.

Would my proposed research need to be based in the mining industry?

Not necessarily. Applications from all subject areas will be considered as long as the applicant can demonstrate how the activity would deliver the intended outcome with regards to MRIWA’s research priorities.

Page was last reviewed 20 August 2020

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