SUT Scholarships

The Society for Underwater Technology awards a selection of scholarships every year, to recognise exceptional students and provide targeted financial support to see them complete their studies and start their career in the industry.

Applicants are welcome from all manner of backgrounds that have a connection with offshore (or ocean) technology, ranging from underwater technology, marine and ocean science, underwater robotics, renewable energy, offshore and subsea infrastructure, metocean and many more.

The primary measure for awarding these scholarships is how well applicants demonstrate their passion to pursue a career in the industry through their work to date and aspirations for the future.

We are offering up to four scholarships for 2024 as outlined below.  In addition to the scholarships, the winners will receive networking opportunities and attendance at a SUT short course.


  • To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must be studying full time and either in the final two years of undergraduate studies or engaged in post-graduate study in Semester 1 of the following year at an Australian tertiary institution.
  • You must not be working full time in the first half of the following year to qualify.
  • Postgraduate candidates should have a first degree in a relevant engineering or science subject, and have enrolled in a postgraduate course of study related to offshore engineering, marine science or underwater technology.
  • Undergraduate candidates should have permission to proceed to their last or second last year of their degree course in 2025.
  • Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in full time education.
  • Applicants who are employed full time are not eligible for the scholarship, however, part-time employment is acceptable.
  • Applicants are required to be enrolled at university full-time for at least the first semester of 2025.


Selection will be on the basis of the information provided in the application form, the academic transcripts and an interview of the short-listed candidates. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the assessment before the end of October 2024.


1.~SUT Excellence Scholarship of $5000 (includes one free attendance at a SUT short course)
This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding candidate in the field of Subsea Engineering, Marine Science, and Underwater Technology.  This scholarship is funded by SUT Perth Branch.

2.~Marine Renewable Energy Scholarship of $5000 (includes one free attendance at a SUT short course)
This scholarship will be awarded to the applicant with the most potential to make a significant contribution to the development of marine renewable energy through their studies, research or career ambitions. This scholarship is kindly sponsored by:




3.~Digital Automation in Engineering Scholarship of $5000 (includes one free attendance at a SUT short course)
This scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who has shown initiative during their studies, by applying programming skills to complement, automate and improve their subsea analysis and design work, and aspires to work in the subsea industry. This scholarship is kindly sponsored by:




4.~Chris Lawlor Scholarship of $2500
This scholarship will be awarded to the most outstanding winner among all three scholarships.


  • 25th June 2024: SUT Scholarship Applications open
  • 13th August 2024: SUT Scholarship Applications close – all supporting documentation including your latest Academic Results MUST be supplied by this date (via email to [email protected]) to be considered as a candidate
  • September 2024: Assessment of candidates by the SUT Scholarship Sub- committee
  • October 2024: Interviews held with short listed candidates & members of the SUT Scholarship Sub-committee
  • Friday, 29th November 2024: SUT Annual Dinner – Scholarship Winners publicly announced


The cash component is paid 50% in February 2025 and the remaining 50% in June 2025.
Scholars may apply for other sources of funding, and still be eligible for a SUT Scholarship.

Applications for the 2024/2025 SUT Scholarships will open on 25th June 2024.

Student membership of the SUT is encouraged for all applicants, and is mandatory for all winners.
Student membership is FREE for the 2024/2025 financial year.

Click here to become a student member of the SUT.

For any queries, please contact Fiona Allan or click the 2024 SUT-Perth Scholarship flyer for more information.

Photo: 2023/2024 Scholarship Winners

From left to right:

  • Aidan Archer – winner of 2023/24 Marine Renewable Energy Scholarship
  • Lachlan Bird – winner of 2023/24 Digital Automation in Engineering Scholarship
  • Rachel Newsome – winner of 2023/24 Chris Lawlor Scholarship