WA DEMIRS funds new PhD scholarships

The WA DEMIRS is funding the creation of new PhD scholarships.
The WA DEMIRS is funding the creation of new PhD scholarships.

The WA Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DEMIRS) is funding the creation of PhD scholarships as part of the Mental Awareness, Respect and Safety (MARS) Program.

Administered by the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA) the scholarships are open to WA university students who are undertaking studies in any of the MARS program focus areas:

  • Creating mentally healthy workplaces – by managing psychosocial hazards and promoting positive practices at work that support mental health and well-being
  • Building a culture of safety and respect – with healthy, safe, gender-equitable, respectful and inclusive workplaces
  • Preparing for workplace safety in future mining – by ensuring all workers are educated and trained in safety, addressing emerging risks and fostering safety innovation in new technologies

Awardees will receive a payment of up to $40,739, plus research and travel support of up to $5820pa for up to three years of study.

Scholarship recipients are also eligible to join the MRIWA scholar community and participate in a suite of professional development training and mentoring provided for future minerals research and industry thought leaders under MRIWA’s Education Program.

MRIWA’s scholarships are awarded to support postgraduate students undertaking research relating to any eligible aspect of WA’s minerals industry.

This includes improving the discovery rate of economic mineral resources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the mining industry, lowering the carbon footprint of steel production, reducing the environmental impact of mining and alternative uses of mine tailings and mineral by-products.