Australia Scholarships Oceania Scholarships Scholarships Undergraduate

Playford Trust / Peak Iron Mines Scholarship at Flinders University, Australia 2024

Application is now open for the Playford Trust / Peak Iron Mines Scholarship. 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 in Adelaide, South Australia, with a widespread presence spanning 11 locations in South Australia and the Northern Territory, has been a beacon of academic excellence since its founding in 1966. The university takes pride in its namesake, British navigator Matthew Flinders, commemorating his significant contributions to the exploration and surveying of the Australian and South Australian coastline in the early 19th century.

In the realm of industry collaboration and experiential learning, Flinders University has forged a partnership with Peak Iron Mines, a distinguished 100% Australian-owned private company. Peak Iron Mines operates two high-grade iron ore mines in the Gawler Craton region of South Australia, showcasing a commitment to sustainable practices. Beyond its current production capacity of approximately 2 million tonnes per annum, Peak Iron Mines holds expansive exploration tenements, exploring the potential for further expansion of its iron ore operations.


To nurture talent and foster hands-on industry experience, the Playford Trust, with the generous support of Peak Iron Mines, offers three scholarships. These scholarships are tailored for students entering their Honours or the initial, second, or third undergraduate year in disciplines such as mining engineering, geology, geoscience, or environmental sciences. This initiative aligns with the commitment to empowering students with practical skills and deepening their engagement in the dynamic field of resource exploration and management.

The paid work placement associated with these scholarships serves as a gateway for recipients to develop valuable skills and actively participate in the industry. The experience entails working on real-world technical projects, addressing practical challenges, and applying academic knowledge in an industrial setting. Under the guidance of senior professionals, scholarship recipients analyze problems, design solutions, and contribute to the advancement of the field.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to initiate their application process promptly, maximizing the opportunity to provide details for early consideration. This proactive approach facilitates the timely transmission of applicant details to Peak Iron Mines, ensuring a seamless and efficient selection process. The collaboration between Flinders University, the Playford Trust, and Peak Iron Mines exemplifies a commitment to nurturing talent, promoting industry-academic partnerships, and advancing the fields of mining and environmental sciences in the South Australian academic landscape.

Details about Playford Trust / Peak Iron Mines Scholarship at Flinders University:

Scholarship Sponsor: Peak Iron Mines/Flinders University

Scholarship Value: $5000/$10,000

Number of awards: 3

Study level: Undergraduate

Host Institution(s): Flinders University, Australia


The scholarships are worth $5,000 for first-, second, or third-year students and $10,000 for an honors student for a single year. The scholarship entails a paid summer work experience of eight to twelve weeks at Peak Iron Mines operations in far north South Australia. Peak Iron Mines will set up the job placement directly. Scholarship recipients will get payment for each work experience, and if they want to work on-site, they will be housed and fed at the Peak Iron Mines accommodation camp.

Eligibility Criteria for Playford Trust / Peak Iron Mines Scholarship

Applicants are advised to meet the following prerequisites to be qualified for the Playford Trust / Peak Iron Mines Scholarship at Flinders University:

  • Prepared to begin first, second, or third-year undergraduate studies in mining engineering, geology, geosciences, or environmental sciences at one of South Australia’s three public universities with honors
  • Ready to participate in a paid, 8–12 week summer work internship at Peak Iron Mines in far north South Australia to improve their industry engagement and skill development.
  • Able to secure permission to enter and operate within South Australia’s Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA)
  • A South Australian resident who is an Australian citizen and plans to live there for most of their career or who is expected to benefit the State
  • A top performer having an excellent undergraduate record
  • Of moral integrity. Students who show promise as leaders will be given priority.

A supporting statement regarding the applicant’s accomplishments, character, and leadership potential must be provided by the applicant’s supervisor or an academic referee (such as the dean of the school or faculty, a lecturer, or, for first-year students, a school referee).

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 Peak Iron Mines will collaborate to make the ultimate decisions.

Application Procedure for Playford Trust / Peak Iron Mines Scholarship

Are you interested and qualified for the award? Log in or register here.

The Submission Deadline is: 19 January 2024

Not interested in this particular scholarship? See other Australia scholarships here.