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The S.D. Golding Postgraduate Geochemistry Prize at the University of Queensland, Australia 2023

Application is now open for the S.D. Golding Postgraduate Geochemistry Prize at the University of Queensland. Interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About the University of Queensland and Scholarship

The first university plans for Queensland were drawn up in the 1870s. A royal commission led by Sir Charles Lilley in 1874 recommended the rapid establishment of a university. Those opposed to universities argued that technical rather than academic education was more important in a country with a mostly primary-industry-based economy. Those who backed the school broke away from Oxford and Cambridge in the face of this opposition and proposed a different model based on the mid-western states of the United States. A second Royal Commission recommended the inclusion of the five schools of Arts, Law, Medicine, Science, and Applied Science in 1891 for a new university. 

In a colony with a literacy rate of 57% in 1861, basic education was emphasized well ahead of secondary and technical education. However, budgets for education were often low on Queensland’s priority list. Despite the Royal Commission’s recommendations, the government remained reticent to support the establishment of a university.


The Queensland University Extension Movement was started in 1893 by a small group of individuals to gain support for the creation of a university in Queensland from a wider demographic. The extension seminars had 245 students registered in 1894, and the lectures were recognized for being beneficial and useful.

The University Extension Movement established the University Congress in 1906 as a venue for interested delegates to further the idea of a university. After opinions were aroused, a fund was formed, and other activities were taken, a draft Bill for a Queensland University was created. The practical aspects of higher education and their importance for Queensland’s economy were underlined. The Congress’s proceedings were given to Queensland’s Premier Kidston. In October 1906, sixty acres of Victoria Park were set aside for university use.

Emeritus Professor Sue Golding created the S.D. Golding Postgraduate Geochemistry Prize in 2018. In addition to being a beloved employee, Professor Golding graduated from The University of Queensland. She worked in resource production and exploration during the 1970s in Australia and South Africa. This award was created to recognize and reward excellence in a peer-reviewed work written by a student. Sue was instrumental in the establishment and maintenance of isotope geochemistry facilities in the Faculty of Science.

Details about the S.D. Golding Postgraduate Geochemistry Prize at the University of Queensland:

Scholarship Sponsor: University of Queensland, Australia

Scholarship Value: At least $4500

Number of awards: 1

Study level: Postgraduate

Host Institution(s): University of Queensland, Australia

Enrolment Status: Current UQ student

Eligibility Criteria for The S.D. Golding Postgraduate Geochemistry Prize

Applicants are qualified for the S.D. Golding Postgraduate Geochemistry Prize if they are enrolled in one of the following programs:

  • Graduate Diploma in Mineral Resources
  • Master of Mineral Resources
  • Master of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Geological Sciences or Earth Sciences)
  • Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) (Geological Sciences or Earth Sciences)
  • Graduate Certificate in Mineral Resources
  • Students enrolled in Master’s or Doctor of Philosophy programs with applicability to geochemistry are also qualified for this award.

Selection Criteria

  • The School of the Environment Research Committee will consider and choose the top geochemical work that has been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Application Procedure for The S.D. Golding Postgraduate Geochemistry Prize

Interested and qualified applicants should complete the online application. Applicants will need:

  • a DOI number
  • a topic of peer-reviewed paper published on geochemistry
  • a personal statement.

Your application can always be saved so you may come back to it later. Please attach all supporting documents before submitting your application. By 11:59 PM AEST on the application deadline, submit your online application. Use these tips for putting together a great application to help you through this process.

Note: You will get an email from the admissions office verifying receipt of your application.


S.D. Golding Postgraduate Geochemistry Prize rules (PDF, 134.73 KB)

The Application Deadline is: 22 September 2023

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