3rd and 4th year undergraduate SCHOLARSHIPS


With the generous support of Nyrstar, the Playford Trust is delighted to offer up to four new scholarships in 2019. Two two-year scholarships are offered to students commencing their third-year of undergraduate studies in 2019 at one of South Australia’s three universities; one in either chemical engineering and/or metallurgy and one in electrical and/or mechanical engineering. The scholarships are valued at $10,000 per year, for two years. Two one-year scholarships are also offered to students entering fourth-year in the same fields of study; one in chemical engineering and/or metallurgy and one in electrical and/or mechanical engineering.

The scholarship involves a paid eight-week work placement at Nyrstar’s Port Pirie Smelter over the summer vacation. Students receiving a two year scholarship will undertake an eight-week placement in the vacation before their third-year and before their fourth-year studies commence. Students receiving the fourth-year scholarship will undertake their placement before their fourth-year studies commence. Scholarship holders will be paid generously for each work placement, but are expected to meet their own living expenses while on their eight-week placement.

Nyrstar is a global multi-metals business, with a market leading position in zinc and lead, and growing positions in other base and precious metals. Nyrstar Port Pirie is the largest single stream primary lead smelter in the world and produces refined commodity grade lead and lead alloys, zinc oxide fume, copper cathode, silver and gold doré, sulphuric acid and other byproduct metals. Nyrstar Port Pirie has recently undergone a A$660m site upgrade to improve its environmental performance and increase its flexibility to treat different feeds and develop into a multi-metal production facility.

The paid eight-week work placement will provide the scholarship holder with the opportunity to develop skills and enhance their industry participation. They will undertake a number of technical projects to solve real problems and apply university knowledge in an industrial setting. Working closely with the senior plant metallurgist or senior engineer to properly understand and identify the problem, they will undertake analysis of the problem, develop/design and implement solutions.

At the end of their scholarship and studies, the scholarship holder may be offered a place in Nyrstar’s graduate program at Port Pirie.

Applications for the 2019 scholarships closed Monday 5 November 2018.

Selection Criteria
The Playford Trust will consider nominations from students studying at one of the three South Australian universities, and reserves the right to accept or reject any or all of the nominations. Nyrstar and the Playford Trust will jointly make the final selections. The decision will be based on the following selection criteria:
Applicants must be:

  • ready to commence third-year or fourth-year undergraduate studies at one of South Australia’s three universities in either chemical engineering and/or metallurgy or electrical and/or mechanical engineering
  • prepared to develop skills and enhance their industry participation by undertaking an 8-week paid work placement at Nyrstar’s Port Pirie Smelter over the summer vacation, before their third and fourth-year of studies
  • passionate about the resource and smelting industries
  • an Australian citizen or a holder of a permanent resident visa, and resident in South Australia
  • intending to spend a significant part of their career in South Australia, or be likely to provide a benefit to the State
  • a high achiever, with an excellent undergraduate academic record
  • of good character. Preference given to students who display leadership potential.

Preference will also be given to students whose home base is in the mid north of South Australia.

It is essential that the applicant’s supervisor or an academic referee (e.g. dean of school/faculty, or lecturer) provides a supporting comment about the student’s achievements, character and leadership potential.