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Applications open for BHP Billiton/MCA Women in Engineering Scholarship

Award Recipients 2014 Minerals Week

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Students are invited to apply for the BHP Billiton / Minerals Council of Australia Women in Engineering Scholarship.

The scholarship is open to all female undergraduate engineering students studying in Australia and provides $8,000 per annum for the final two years of study.

Identifying the next generation of leaders

The scholarship aims is to help identify the next generation of talented female engineers and to advance the role of women in the resources sector.

In the past 15 years, the number of female minerals sector workers has increased more than fourfold, from 6,200 in August 1999 to 30,000 in August 2014. During the same period, female participation rates in the minerals workforce increased from 9 per cent to 14 per cent.

Female study choices have been identified by the industry as one of the impediments to increasing female employment in the industry along with the masculine image of the industry. These scholarships are one means by which the industry is seeking to redress these factors.


To be eligible for the Women in Engineering Scholarship, students must be enrolled in full-time study in an engineering degree (mining, environmental, electrical, mechanical etc) and have a GPA of 5 or more (equivalent to 65 per cent or higher).

Applications close 17 December 2014.

The application form is here.

To submit your online application for the BHP Billiton MCA Women in Engineering scholarship, please send it to

For more information, you can contact Marianne Coupe at the Minerals Council of Australia on ph: 03 8614 1803 or email

+ Recipient Experience: Annette Au

Annette is the 2014 BHP Billiton-MCA Women in Engineering Scholarship recipient and a Mining Engineering student at the University of New South Wales. She’s an ambassador for Engineers Australia Sydney Women in Engineering and is pioneering the first EA Sydney WIE Experience It! Student Conference, aimed at attracting secondary school female students to study engineering at a tertiary institution. Annette has kindly provided some feedback on the scholarship to help assist prospective applicants. 

a)    A quick explanation on what the scholarship is

The BHP Billiton / Minerals Council of Australia Women in Engineering Scholarship is a chance for you to develop your personal and professional skills and network with people in the industry with great ideas!  Successful candidates will have the opportunity to undertake one or more placements with BHP Billiton at one of their Australian mine sites over summer and attend the annual MCA Minerals Week – a two-day conference and networking event which brings together some of the greatest minds in the industry.

b)    Your impressions on it

The BHP Billiton / Minerals Council of Australia WIE Scholarship will allow you to understand the importance of workplace diversity and how females can add value to sites, companies and consumers through a myriad of roles.  It is a strong working platform on which you can build your networks, gain insight to the corporate world of mining and get some on-the-ground experience at one of BHP Billiton’s mine sites.

It will inspire you to join a dynamic and fast-paced movement focussed on supporting and connecting women in the industry.  I highly recommend applying if you’d like to be involved.

c)    How it has benefited you

The BHP Billiton / Minerals Council of Australia WIE scholarship has provided me with innumerable opportunities for personal and professional development within the minerals and mining industry.  In March 2014, I attended MCA Minerals Week to further my understanding of the role of mining in Australia and the world’s future.  I had the pleasure of meeting national and state Women in Mining committee members and met some exceptional people at the top of their fields.

This year I pioneered the inaugural Engineers’ Australia Sydney WIE Experience It! Student conference with major support from the MCA – Minerals Tertiary Education Council (MTEC) sub-division.  The event was aimed at secondary school female students to promote engineering and inspire girls to pursue to at a tertiary level.  The event superseded all expectations and would not have gone ahead without the support of MTEC.  MTEC was the first company and second sponsor to come on board and support this great initiative.

This summer I have been placed at BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s Peak Downs Mine in Central Queensland.  Together, we work to produce over 9 million tonnes of Tier 1 metallurgical coal for overseas clients for the fiscal year.  It’s a big operation, needing a big team with a big heart.