The Geological Society of Australia Endowment Fund

The 2018 funding round is now open until end March 2018. Please complete an application form by Friday 30 March 2018.
The 2018 application form is at the bottom of the page. Applications can be sent to:
GSAEndowmentFund@gmail.com

About:

The Geological Society of Australia (GSA) Endowment Fund was set up in 2007 to support students undertaking graduate studies in the Earth Sciences. The fund was set up as a separate entity to the GSA and the Australian Tax Office imposed elements that restricted this support to Australian students at Australian educational institutions.  Financial assistance in the form of awards can be granted to Australian students by the GSA Endowment Fund Committee and the awards are not restricted to GSA members. The Geological Society of Australia Endowment Fund is a charity and all donations are tax deductible, so please give generously.

GSA Endowment Fund Awards:

Financial assistance in the form of awards can be granted to Australian students by the GSA Endowment Fund Committee and the awards are not restricted to GSA members. The grants may only be used as financial assistance for:

  • field costs (both in Australia and abroad)
  • laboratory associated costs, including machine time (both in Australia and abroad)
  • sponsorship to attend conferences
  •  overseas study tours. 

Honours/Masters awards – grants of up to $1000 are available for Australian citizens in each state/territory undertaking either an Honours or a Masters course at an approved Australian educational institution.

PhD award – a single national PhD grant of up to $5000 is available for one Australian citizen undertaking a PhD at an approved Australian education institution.

Honourary awards – Honourary awards can be granted at the discretion of the GSA Endowment Fund Committee and does include a monetary amount.

Award Recipients:

The GSA Endowment Fund Committee has awarded grants to assist Australian students undertaking studies in the Earth Sciences – see table below.  Recipients are required to write a report (accompanied by photographic images) for TAG on how the funds were used – so keep an eye out for these in TAG.

Award Recipient

Grant

Project and purpose

2017 Award Recipients

Georgia Soares,

PhD,

UNSW, NSW

$5,000

A moment in time: early biotic complexity in the immediate aftermath of the Great Oxygenation Event – to sample and/or analyse organic-rich structures from the Pilbara (WA) and/or Glacier Park (USA).

Joel Burkin, Honours,

UWA, WA

$1,000

(WA)

Exploration targeting for magmatic nickel deposits in the west Kimberley: prospectivity analysis and quantifying structural uncertainty – to attend the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG) conference in Perth.

Bronwyn Campbell, Masters,

Macquarie Uni, VIC

$1,000

(VIC)

Palaeoenvironments and thermal maturity of the Permian southern Sydney Basin – to prepare and analyse samples from drillcore DM Callala DDHI (NSW).

Reuben Creighton, Masters,

ANU, ACT

$450

(ACT)

Tectonic architecture of the iron oxide copper gold (IOCG) belt in the central Mount Isa terranes – to obtain four-wheel drive certification, enabling safe and effective field work is undertaken in north QLD.

Rhiannan Mundana,

Honours,

UTAS, TAS

$1,000 (TAS)

Interpreting the geological evolution and subsidence history of the Cascade Seamount, East Tasman Plateau – to prepare and analyse carbonate clasts from rock dredge samples acquired from Cascade Guyot in the western Tasman Sea.

Claire Murphy,

Honours,

Uni of Adel, SA

$1,000 (SA)

Late Pleistocene to Holocene palaeoenvironmental reconstruction from Fraser Island – to conduct non-destructive, high-resolution analysis of core from Basin Lake, Fraser Island (QLD).

Jack Muston,

Masters,

ANU, ACT

$450

(ACT)

Tectonic architecture of the iron oxide copper gold (IOCG) belt in the central Mount Isa terranes – to obtain four-wheel drive certification, enabling safe and effective field work is undertaken in north QLD.

Jack Ward,

Honours,

UQ, QLD

$1,000 (QLD)

Rare earth element geochemistry of Neoproterozoic carbonates: implications for Snowball Earth – to prepare and analyse significant carbonate samples from between Alice Springs and Adelaide.

2016 Award Recipients

Matthew Campbell,

PhD,

UQ, QLD

$5,000

Mesozoic-Cenozoic evolution of the southwest Pacific – to sample and analyse the Teremba Terrane (New Caledonia), significantly expanding the scope of results.

Sharon Gray,

PhD,

ANU, ACT

$4,000

Interactions between meteoric, surface and groundwater in fractured rock – to construct and deploy rainwater samplers in the Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment, custodian of samplers to ANU.

Jodie Rutledge,

Honours,

UON, NSW

$1,000 (NSW)

Conodont faunas within the Upper Silurian Yarrangobilly and Cooleman Limestone formations – to log formations and sample faunal assemblages in the northern Snowy Mountains.

Shaun Anderson,

Honours,

QUT, QLD

$1,000 (QLD)

Probing the crust, I-type to A-type: granitic magma source evolution – to map and sample granites in the Bowen-Mackay region or New England Fold Belt.

Joel Vergunst,

Masters,

Monash Uni, VIC

$1,000 (VIC)

The structural and thermal history of the Otway Basin, Victoria – to collect aerial image data using unmanned aerial vehicles and map fracture networks in the Lorne and Torquay areas.

2014 Award Recipients

Michael Short,

PhD,

ANU, ACT

$5,000

Advances in the application of Cl, Br and the stable halogen isotopes in catchment hydrology – to measure low concentrations of anions in samples from Lake George Basin in NSW; custodian of new ion chromatograph to ANU.

Maxine Kerr

Honours,

ANU, ACT

$1,000

Metasomatism in the Cannington Ag-Pb-Zn ore deposit, northern Queensland – to analyse samples via various analytical techniques and evaluate the history of the ore deposit.

 
Call for donations:

Since 2007, GSA members have generously donated money to the GSA Endowment Fund and their contributions are gratefully acknowledged.

The GSA Endowment Fund Committee receives a large number of applicants for the awards and speaks to the overwhelming needs of our research community.  Our support for the students is only modest at the moment, but with your help this could grow very rapidly.

Consider making another impact on the future of Earth Sciences and donate to the GSA Endowment Fund.  Please give generously so we can maintain a healthy foundation that can continue to support Australian students studying Earth Sciences. 

The Geological Society of Australia Endowment Fund is a charity and all donations are tax deductible.  

Thank you for your generosity in supporting this initiative. Your contribution now will continue to grow into the future.

Donation Methods:

Donations can be made via cheque, money order, credit card, electronic funds transfer or by bequest.  If you want to know more, please phone (02) 9290 2194, or alternatively email info@gsa.org.au

Cheque or money order – You can make your donation by sending a cheque or money order to the Geological Society of Australia Endowment Fund, Suite 8, Level 2, 141 Peats Ferry Road, Horsnby NSW 2077.

Donations can be made to electronically to:
Bank account name: Geological Society of Australia Endowment Fund
Bank account number: 87340 8419
BSB: 082 057

Please email the GSA, so we can issue you with a tax deductible receipt: membership@gsa.org.au

Estate Planning and Bequests – If you want to make a bequest to the Endowment Fund and include in your Estate planning we can assist you, please email EndowmentFund@gsa.org.au or phone (02) 9290 2194.

Donation form – Please click below to download the donation form.

Download the GSA Endowment Fund 2018 application