Bruce King
Learning and Development Manager
Sugar Research Institute
Phone: 0417 645 783

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Australian Sugar Industry Scholarship

The Australian Sugar Industry Scholarship is awarded to undergraduates studying engineering (chemical, mechanical, process and electrical), science or technical disciplines at an Australian university or tertiary institution. The Australian Sugar Industry Scholarship aims to encourage the participation of high calibre students in the Australian sugar processing industry.

The Australian sugar industry will be funding scholarship recipients each year to be hosted by Australian sugar mills and refineries for up to three work placements of four weeks each over one and half years (two placements during the crushing season and one placement during maintenance).

The scholarship is a jointly funded by Australia’s sugar mills, Sugar Research Institute (SRI) and Sugar Research Australia (SRA).

In addition to financial and work placement support, the Australian Sugar Industry Scholarship program helps recipients to make the most of their university experience through extra development opportunities by building their leadership skills and professional networks.

Available for:

Penultimate year domestic students undertaking an undergraduate engineering (chemical, mechanical, process and electrical), science or technical degree at an Australian university or tertiary institution.

Scholarship type:


Application dates for 2019 Scholarships:

Open date: 17 October 2018
Closing date: 11 March 2019

Eligibility details:

You must be:

  • A penultimate year student currently undertaking an engineering, science or technical degree at an Australian university or tertiary institution
  • Able to undertake up to three periods of work placement over an 18 month period (12 weeks in total) during semester breaks at an Australian sugar mill location selected by SRI.
  • Prior to the commencement of each work placement, the scholarship recipient must  successfully complete all medical tests including alcohol and drug testing required by a sugar industry company.

You must also be either:

  • An Australian or New Zealand citizen; or
  • A permanent resident of Australia

What you receive:

  • A payment of $2,500 for satisfactory work placement and completion of engineering project report.
  • Paid work placement at industry rates and a living away allowance of $250 per week.

How to apply:

Download and complete the application form and include:

  • A cover letter and curriculum vitae
  • Certified copies of your academic record and academic transcript
  • Certified copies of proof of nationality or permanent residence visa
  • Letters of reference from at least two referees (must include academic or work experience reference)

Send the completed form and attachments as instructed by the closing date.

Only students who are successful in being offered a scholarship are notified. There will be no appeals process for unsuccessful applicants.


Scholarship recipients must:

  • Continue to be enrolled as a full-time student
  • Successfully complete all work placement requirements and submit work placement reports
  • Successfully complete medical/drug and alcohol testing prior to placement
  • Organise and pay for their own travel and accommodation expenses

About the Sugar Milling Industry:

Australia’s eight sugar milling companies produce raw sugar at 24 sugar mills in Queensland and northern New South Wales. Over 80 per cent of Australia’s raw sugar production is exported. Australia’s sugar mills are self-sufficient in energy. By burning the bagasse, the fibrous cane by-product, mills generate electricity and steam to power all factory operations. More than 50% of the electricity produced is exported to the national grid – providing clean, green electricity to Australian households.

Sugar Research Institute (SRI)is a global leader in science and innovation for sugar milling and refining technology. SRI develops innovative products, technical expertise and commercial research services for raw and refined sugar manufacturers worldwide.

Sugar Research Australia (SRA) invests in and manages a portfolio of research, development and adoption projects that drive productivity, profitability and sustainability for the Australian sugarcane industry. An industry-owned company, SRA is funded by a statutory levy paid by grower and milling businesses, as well as through investment from the Australian and Queensland Governments.

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