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.

Up to three scholarships are on offer for 2024, with the criteria outlined below.


  • 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.


SUT may award:

1.~The “Chris Lawlor” scholarship of $7500 plus one free attendance for a SUT short course  to the most outstanding candidate.

2.~A Marine Renewable Energy Scholarship of $5000 plus one free attendance for a SUT short course.

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3.~A Digital Automation in Engineering Scholarship of $5000 plus one free attendance for a SUT short course.

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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.


  • 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 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

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