Defence SA :South Australian Premier’s Defence Industry Scholarship Program

Opening Date: 24-10-2019   Closing Date: 28-02-2020  

Enter a career in Australia’s defence industry and help lead innovation in a growing industry.

Australia’s civilian defence industry employs around 28,000 people in a wide variety of occupations and is critical to supporting Australia’s strategic defence capabilities.

There are exciting new opportunities for employment in Australia’s rapidly growing defence industry among the thousands of small, medium and Prime companies.

The South Australian Government is making it easier for university students to enter a career in the state’s growing defence industry with the Premier’s Defence Industry Scholarship.

Eligible students can earn a scholarship to support a research or work placement with a South Australian defence industry host company.

A grant of up to $10,000 will be made available to each student for the duration of the placement and can be used to support expenses associated with your placement.

  • Enrolled and undertaking third-year or honours year study in an eligible higher education degree
  • Be enrolled in a related credit-bearing topic to during the placement
  • Eligible degrees include science, engineering, technology, maths and business majoring in logistics and project management
  • Must be resident in South Australia
  • Must be an Australian citizen (a requirement to obtain an Australian Government Security Vetting Agency security clearance)
  • Must not have been convicted of a criminal offence
  • Must attend Flinders University, University of South Australia (UniSA) or the University of Adelaide

Note: Students must NOT have accepted, started, or be on placement already. AiGroup will work with any successful applicants and their University to facilitate a suitable Host placement. 

Application Procedures


To complete your application, you will require:
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae
  • A certified copy of your current academic transcript
  • Two written references

Applications will be considered and offered throughout the application period, so don't wait until the closing date as the opportunity may close early if all scholarships are assigned prior to that date.

If you would like support in putting together your application please contact your College's Work Integrated Learning Placements team for advice and more information about what DefenceSA are looking for.



Scholarship Type: undergraduate, honours, academic merit,