Student, graduate & early career travel bursaries available!

Several Australian Geoscience societies are offering financial support to students, graduates & early career geoscientists presenting at the Australasian Exploration Geoscience Conference (AEGC) 2023.


Bursaries offered nationwide:


Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA)

PESA will be offering several bursaries up to $500 to students and early career geoscientists nationwide to attend the AEGC 2023. The bursaries can be used for travel arrangements (flights and accommodation) and conference registration. Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of one recipient per State Branch. For Brisbane applicants, the bursary can only be used for the cost of registration fees.

Applicants must hold a current Student or Graduate PESA Membership. Applicants must also have submitted an abstract which has been accepted by the AEGC for either an oral or poster presentation; AND/ OR submitted to present at the Student & Early Career GeoPitch competition. Each recipient will be required to submit a short post-conference write-up for the PESA News publication.

Receipts and invoices will be required for payment of the bursary. Note, Early Career geoscientists are defined as having <5 years industry experience with a current Graduate PESA membership. Download the application form here:

Completed applications must be emailed to by COB 13th January 2023.


Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) National Graduate Group (NGG):

The AIG’s National Graduate Group will be offering multiple bursaries across Australia, with applications open to current AIG Student and Graduate members. The award may be used for travel/accommodation, or conference registration fees, and proof of purchase will be required. For Brisbane applicants, the bursary may only be used for the cost of registration fees.

Applicants may be awarded up to:

  • Regional Qld & interstate – $500 for Students & $800 for Early Career
  • Brisbane-based – $300 for Students & $500 for Early Career


Applicants must demonstrate that they are an active AIG member (attendance of events, talks, webinars, etc), and have either submitted an abstract to the AEGC (poster or oral presentation) or will be taking part in the Early Career GeoPitch.

Additionally, applicants must complete a maximum 250 word response to one of several short response themes, such as “Breaking New Ground” and “Sustainability in Geoscience.”

The response may (for example) be a demonstration of sustainable activities or programs developed by geologists on site (such as the use of biodegradable sample bags), or be a conceptual response (such as the importance of battery minerals). The applicant must also permit the publication of their response in the AIG’s newsletter, should they be successful.

Applicants should refer to the AIG website/socials or reach out to for a link to the online application form. Completion of the form must be made by 25th January 2023.

Additional bursaries offered for Queensland residents:



Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG)
Queensland Branch

The QLD branch of ASEG will offer several bursaries to Queensland university, students or graduates less than 1 year out of university to attend large ASEG conferences. As Brisbane is hosting the AEGC, the bursaries will be offered first and foremost to regional QLD students this year.

Bursaries of up to $500 to spend on registration, workshops, travel, or accommodation will be available.

The following conditions will be used to grade applications.

  • Preference will be given to students doing honours or post graduate courses in geophysics.
  • Recent graduates not yet in employment will be considered.
  • You need the support of your geoscience lecturer.
  • You must be a member of the ASEG – signing up is free for students and new applicants welcome.
  • Attendance at the GeoPitch presentation (fast-paced 3-minute presentations)

Apply by emailing the Qld branch ( answering the above and stating who you are, what you’re studying and why you wish to attend. Applications close 13th February. Shortly after candidates will be notified.

Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG)
New South Wales Branch

The ASEG NSW branch is happy to announce that we are offering a bursary of up to $1000 to eligible students towards the upcoming AEGC 2023 conference, Brisbane. To apply, you must:

  • Be enrolled as an Honours, Master of Research, Masters or PhD student in a geophysics-related scientific program at a NSW tertiary institution
  • Accepted to present at the AEGC 2023 conference, Brisbane (oral or poster) and attending in person. Please attach a screenshot of abstract acceptance in your application email.
  • A current member of the ASEG
  • Present your research at the ASEG NSW student night in November 2023
  • Apply to by 23rd January 2023


Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG)
Western Australia Branch

The ASEG WA Award Program is open to students who, at the application deadline, are:

  • Enrolled as a second year or higher undergraduate or postgraduate student in a geophysics or geophysics related* scientific program at a Western Australian tertiary institution;
  • A current member of the ASEG or applicant for membership. Students wishing to be considered for an ASEG WA  Award from the current year should complete and return an application form by November 11, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted. *This includes, but is not limited to, mathematics, physics, geology, environmental science, and engineering.

Awardees will be listed in Preview or ASEG newsletter AEGC special issue. 

Geological Society of Australia Queensland Division (GSAQ)

GSAQ will be offering several bursaries for regional student and early career GSA Qld members to attend the AEGC 2023. This bursary can be used for travel arrangements within QLD and/or conference registration. Each recipient will be required to submit a short post-conference write-up to be printed in The Australian Geologist (TAG). For details and application submissions, email

Applicants for the bursaries are open now and close early January 2023. To submit, applicants must demonstrate, in an email to, that:

  • They have been an active student, graduate, or early career (<5 years post-graduation) GSA Qld member for a minimum of 6 months,
  • They have submitted an abstract to the AEGC for either an oral or poster presentation,
  • All travel will be within Queensland, with cost approximations (receipts will be required up to the bursary value).

Student and Early Career Travel Bursaries