As The Australian Power Institute (API) is constantly working to support the education and professional development of engineers & technologists in the energy industry across Australia, API offers Energy Industry Bursaries to engineering & technology students with an interest in areas of engineering relevant to the electric power industry. The majority of bursaries are typically awarded to 1st-year students with a proportion available to 2nd and 3rd years.


The Australian Power Institute Energy Industry Bursary Awards for 2021 have closed. Below is the summary video of our applications and the process involved. We congratulate all the recipients of this years award.


The 2022 Energy Industry Bursary Awards will be opening in March 2022.

Every year, API looks for high quality electrical, mechanical, mechatronics, data science, and renewable energy related engineering students with an interest in power engineering. The scale of investment and technological change required in the Australian energy sector is significant and real & diverse engineering & technology talent is needed to meet the customer expectations for price, reliability, and service of electricity for the future.

API offers a Energy Industry Bursary to students undertaking degree level studies in engineering relevant to the power industry at particular Australian universities as follows:

  • Available to current engineering students (the majority of bursaries will be awarded to 1st year students with a proportion available to 2nd and 3rd year students)

  • Studying electrical, mechanical/mechatronics, or power industry related degrees or studying a mix of science, technology, & engineering subjects relating to the power industry other subjects e.g. telecommunications/computing/IoT/Data Science, etc.

  • Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident

  • The power industry is keen to increase female representation in engineering roles. Though applications from female students are encouraged, please note bursaries are based on merit.

The bursaries provide a cash value of $1,000 a year over the duration of your degree plus the opportunity were available for paid employment with member companies during the summer vacations. This may require travel and/or relocation away from home to undertake this paid vacation employment.

As the API is keen to broaden student bursary involvement with companies from a new and emerging renewable energy sector background. The API Bursary is available to Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents.

API and individual sponsors provide opportunities each year for bursary holders to meet and interact with industry engineers and managers. The networking and awards events are conducted on a very informal basis for maximum benefit and have been highly valued by both parties. Frequently they are combined with site visits at local sponsor companies.

The Bursary Awards functions are held on a State by State basis. Dates and locations will be announced 2 weeks in advance. Due to the COVID-19 conditions, API is currently restructuring timeline and will confirm details as soon as possible.

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