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Playford Trust / Nyrstar Scholarships at Flinders University, Australia 2024

Application is now open for the Playford Trust / Nyrstar Scholarships at Flinders University. Interested candidates are encouraged to send in their applications before the deadline date.

About Flinders University and Scholarship

Flinders University, a prominent public research institution based in Adelaide, South Australia, has been a key player in higher education since its establishment in 1966.

Nyrstar, a global multi-metals enterprise, holds a market-leading position in zinc and lead, with expanding interests in other bases and precious metals. The Nyrstar Port Pirie facility stands as the world’s largest single-stream primary lead smelter, producing refined commodity-grade lead and lead alloys, zinc oxide fume, copper cathode, silver and gold, sulfuric acid, and various byproduct metals.


The two-year scholarship offered by the Playford Trust in collaboration with Nyrstar presents a valuable opportunity for the scholarship recipient. The paid work placement is designed to encourage skill development and increased industry involvement. Scholars will engage in a series of technical projects aimed at addressing real-world challenges, applying their university-acquired knowledge in an industrial setting. Working closely with senior plant metallurgists or senior engineers, they will thoroughly understand and identify problems, conduct analyses, and develop and implement effective solutions.

Thanks to the generous support from Nyrstar, the Playford Trust extends up to four two-year scholarships to students entering their third year of chemical, mechanical, or electrical engineering at one of South Australia’s three public universities.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to initiate the application process promptly. Starting early allows the Trust to submit names to Nyrstar promptly, streamlining the application and selection process. Additionally, successful scholarship recipients may be offered placement in the company’s graduate program at Port Pirie upon completion of their scholarship and studies. This further underscores the valuable connection between academic pursuits and industry engagement facilitated by the scholarship.

Details about Playford Trust / Nyrstar Scholarships at Flinders University:

Scholarship Sponsor: Nyrstar/Flinders University, Australia

Scholarship Value: $20,000

Number of awards: N/A

Study level: Undergraduate

Host Institution(s): Flinders University, Australia


The scholarships have a two-year value of $10,000 each. A paid eight-to twelve-week work experience at Nyrstar’s Port Pirie Smelter over the summer break is part of the scholarship; placements take place before the start of the third- and fourth-year academic years. Scholarship recipients will get considerable compensation for each work placement; however, they will still need to cover their living expenses throughout the placement.

Playford Trust / Nyrstar Scholarships – Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are advised to meet the following conditions to be qualified for Playford Trust / Nyrstar Scholarships at Flinders University:

  • Prepared to start third-year undergraduate studies in chemical, mechanical, or electrical engineering at one of the three public universities in South Australia
  • Ready to advance their industry involvement and skill development by doing an 8–12 week paid summer work experience at Nyrstar’s Port Pirie Smelter before their third and fourth year of study.
  • Fervent about the smelting and resource industries
  • A South Australian resident who is either an Australian citizen or the bearer of a permanent resident visa
  • Planning to work in South Australia for a substantial portion of their career or being likely to benefit the State
  • A top performer who has a stellar undergraduate record
  • Of moral integrity. Students who show promise as leaders will be given priority.

Further, students who are indigenous or whose home base is in South Australia’s mid-north will be given preference. All qualified students are urged to apply, however.

A supporting statement regarding the applicant’s accomplishments, character, and leadership potential must come from the applicant’s supervisor or an academic reference (such as the Dean of the School or faculty) or lecturer.

Selection Criteria

Students enrolled in any of the three institutions in South Australia may submit nominations for consideration; the Playford Trust has the authority to accept, reject, or not accept any or all of the submissions. The Playford Trust and Nyrstar will collaborate to make the ultimate decisions.

Application Procedure for Playford Trust / Nyrstar Scholarships

Applications should be submitted via the online portal.

The Submission Deadline is: 19 January 2024

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