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Applications for grants are invited from Institutions around December of each year for the following year. Typically the person responsible to supervise the student submits a two to three page summary of the project. The application must detail the nature of the project, degree level, and the nature and amount of the requested as a grant. It is not necessary when submitting an application for a student to be identified. However, successful Institutions must submit the student's CV for approval by the ASEG Research Foundation before the grant is paid.

Project selection is made by sub-committee of specialists on the basis of the project's quality, relevance to either mineral or petroleum exploration and potential to impact on exploration technology or know-how. In this way we support quality research projects in exploration geophysics of interest to a wide cross-section of the mineral and petroleum industry in Australia. The balance between mineral and petroleum projects supported is roughly in the proportion to the donations received from the two sectors.

For each project an Industry Monitor is required, who is a member of ASEG (but not necessarily of the ASEG Research Foundation Committee), and who monitors the progress of the project and reports to the Committee. On the completion of the project, an electronic copy of the thesis is forwarded to the ASEG Research Foundation. Furthermore, it is a requirement that at the completion of the project an abstract is published in Preview and any publication as a paper is first submitted to Exploration Geophysics. The supervisor is normally expected to co-author the publication and is responsible for its submission.

The project supervisor is also responsible for drawing the grant funds as required and for managing the expenditure. He or she ensures that a research report and financial reconciliation is provided to the ASEG Research Foundation on completion (or cessation) of the project. Grant funds must be accounted for and, if not used, are returned to the ASEG Research Foundation.

Please review Guidelines and eligibility requirements before Applying for an ASEG Research Foundation Grant


Guidelines and Eligibility Requirements for Research Grants

  • Funds will be granted in support of research projects at BSc (Hons), MSc and PhD level carried out in an Australian Institution. Applications are to be made on standard ASEG RF application form available on ASEG website. The projects should be predominantly based in exploration geophysics. Exploration or applied geophysics is taken to mean studies of the upper few kilometres of the earth’s crust using one or more of seismic, inductive electromagnetic, radar-radio frequency electromagnetic, galvanic electrical, radiometric, gravity or magnetic methods. Applied Geophysics includes Mineral, Petroleum, Engineering and Environmental, including archaeology, forensic and hydrographic applications applications.
  • Grants will be made to projects rather than people, that is, they will not be "Scholarships". For BSc (Hons) projects, annual grants of up to $5,000 will be made to the Tertiary institution responsible for the project - usually a University. Additional funds beyond $5,000 could be provided in exceptional cases, at the discretion of the ASEG Research Foundation.
  • Grants of up to $5,000 per annum will be made for MSc projects for a maximum of 2 years.
  • Grants of up to $10,000 per annum will be made for PhD projects for a maximum of 3 years.
  • The funds are to be used in support of the project, eg. for travel costs, field work, rental of equipment, etc. Funds must be accounted for and, if not used, should be returned to the ASEG Research Foundation.
  • The project supervisor will be responsible for drawing the funds as required and for managing the expenditure. The supervisor must ensure that an annual research report and financial reconciliation is provided to the ASEG Research Foundation for the project. This must be received by ASEG Research Foundation prior to requesting funds for second and subsequent years and within 3 months of the completion of projects.
  • On the completion of the project, all results must be available in the public domain. A one year period of confidentiality may be allowed on request in application before results are available to ASEG members.
  • The primary supervisor should be a member of the ASEG and have predominant research interests in applied exploration geophysics and/or training of geophysicists.
  • Projects will be selected by the relevant ASEG Research Foundation sub-committee. They will select projects in applied geophysics with an emphasis on practical or applied research. Expenditure will be spread between petroleum and minerals exploration research – Environmental and Engineering projects based on applied geophysics are also suitable.
  • On completion of the project, an abstract will be published in Preview and publication of at least one paper must first be submitted to Exploration Geophysics for research degrees. The supervisor would normally be expected to be a co-author and will be responsible for submission of a publication. Results of lower research content degrees (BSc(Hons) and MSc) should be submitted to Preview as a one page article.
  • For each project, the supervisor will appoint an industry monitor, who should be a member of ASEG and who will monitor the progress of the project. This would involve at least one and preferably more visits to the Institution where the project is being carried out. The ASEG Research Foundation may need to contact the monitor for a report on progress.
  • On the completion of the project, a digital copy of the thesis must be submitted to the Chairman/Secretary of the ASEG Research Foundation. The thesis will be available for viewing/download to ASEG members via a link on the ASEG website
  • It is mandatory that the student undertaking the project will be/become a student member of the ASEG.


How to apply for a grant

or Download an Application pack consisting of

  • an application form;
  • the ranking criteria for project selection; and
  • Guidelines and eligibility requirements for Research Grants.

Please email the completed application form to:

Doug Roberts - Secretary ASEG Research Foundation