Space Skills Training Scholarships to boost aspirations of SA students

Space Skills Training Scholarships to boost aspirations of SA students

Stephen Kuper

Applications are now open for the 2019 Space Skills Training Scholarships, to be awarded to South Australian students by the South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC).

SASIC is providing $100,000 worth of scholarships through the second round of the four-year scholarship program, which is part of the $4 million Space Innovation Fund and aims to support the development of space entrepreneurship in South Australia. 

Budding local space entrepreneurs can now apply for scholarships of up to $20,000 to help launch their careers in the burgeoning space sector. The scholarships, available to postgraduate students across STEM, law, medicine, economics and business disciplines, provide the opportunity to develop and grow innovative ideas and projects to the next level through training at universities and organisations offering specialist space courses.

SASIC chief executive Richard Price said the scholarships will allow local students to explore the broad spectrum of the space industry and apply their skills to space-based projects, both here in South Australia and around the world.

"These scholarships give students interested in the space industry the perfect chance to explore the opportunities available to them overseas, to develop their skills and bring them back to South Australia," Price explained. 

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Students eligible to apply must be:

  • A South Australian resident; and
  • A postgraduate with qualifications in science, technology, engineering, law, medicine, IT or economics business. 

Price added, "The establishment of the Australian Space Agency here in Adelaide means more jobs will be created in this rapidly growing sector, giving our state’s young people the chance to explore their careers in the space industry without having to leave the state."

In September 2017, the South Australian government created the SASIC to drive space industry innovation, research and entrepreneurial development.

SASIC will build on the work done by the previous Space Industry Office at Defence SA, which developed the first space strategy of any jurisdiction in Australia. It will also support South Australia’s emerging space industry by providing grant funding (the Space Innovation Fund) of up to $1 million every year to young space entrepreneurs, along with new and existing space start-ups. 

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