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The AusIMM EEF Scholarship Program 2015

The AusIMM Education Endowment Fund (EEF) provides funding to a variety of educational initiatives to attract and support those studying within the minerals industry.


The EEF Trust Deed was formally created and signed on 22 February 1989. The purposes of the fund include the following:

  • fund research projects that may benefit the minerals industry
  • provide scholarships bursaries and other awards to tertiary students undertaking undergraduate or postgraduate study or research in relation to minerals relevant disciplines or courses
  • fund and provide lectures to persons involved in the minerals industry and students undertaking study in disciplines relating to the minerals industry
  • provide funding to universities for the purposes of running classes, seminars and other activities designed to promote the awareness of and interest in the minerals industry amongst secondary school students
  • provide funding to universities for the purpose of providing endowed professorships.

Applications for the new AusIMM EEF Scholarship Program in 2015 are NOW OPEN!

The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy is looking for students who are strong leaders and can benefit from The AusIMM Education Endowment Fund (EEF) Scholarship Program which is offering the following scholarships:



  • Access to quality mentoring with an industry professional.
  • Participation in a one-week field intensive to a mineral-rich region of Australia.
  • Career-building networking opportunities.
  • Development of personal and professional skills.
  • Significant financial support during the course of their studies.


For more information please contact or phone +61 3 9658 6100.

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+ The 2014 Sir Frank Espie/Rio Tinto Leadership Award – James Mitchell

James is currently in his fifth year of study, completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) and a Bachelor of Economics double degree program at the University of Western Australia. To broaden his understanding of the minerals industry, in 2012 James undertook a semester of study at McMaster University in Canada. In 2013 James also completed vacation work with Independence Group NL, further contributing to his engagement with the industry.

James is the current President of the UWA Student Chapter and has been an active and committed member of The AusIMM since 2011. Prior to his election as Student Chapter President; James held the position of Events Coordinator for the UWA Student Chapter and has played a role in organising the Student Meets Industry events in Perth.

James has sought opportunities to engage with the community throughout the course of his undergraduate study. James is an active member of the Australian Army Reserve and also volunteers his time to Engineers without Borders Australia and Young Engineers Western Australia.

+ The AusIMM EEF Postgraduate Award – Hazel Lim

Hazel is currently in the third year of her PhD at Curtin University's Western Australia School of Mines. Her thesis, titled 'Leaching of Complex Zr-Nb Rare Earth Minerals of Australian Sources' aims to achieve the following objectives:


  • Provide material characterisation to explore the cation exchange property of the zircono-silicate mineral to effect selective extraction of zirconium, niobium and rare earths from host rock
  • Define the decomposition pattern, leaching mechanism and recoveries for acid decomposition of the material base on a generic method of sulfation roasting
  • Develop an extraction method that optimises the dissolution and recovery of zirconium, niobium, and rare earths elements from the mineral

The National Scholarship Committee is highly impressed by Hazel's dedication, professionalism and the relevancy of her research to Australia's mineral future.

In addition to her impressive academic record, Hazel has considerable industry experience working for nine years as a Process Engineer in a copper refinery where she also gained experience leading the company's metallurgical laboratory division.