The Defence Industry Scholarship Program provides eligible South Australian university students with grants of up to $10,000 to undertake work placements with  a local defence company.

The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) administers the South Australian Government-funded program, which connects students with defence companies to gain valuable industry experience.

The program supports the development of a defence-ready workforce and the defence industry to build in-demand skills, knowledge and experience. The work-based learning opportunities for university students address key skills demand areas.


Scholarships are available to high-calibre students who are completing a degree in either:

  • science, technology, engineering, maths (STEM)
  • business (majoring in project management or logistics).

With over 80% of students going on to gain further employment post-degree completion or even part-time while they complete their degree, the program is the perfect way to get your foot in the door to an exciting career in a growing industry.

Host Companies

The program provides local defence companies an opportunity to join the highly successful Defence Industry Scholarship Program, by hosting high-calibre third year university students undertaking a degree in STEM or business.

A unique way to connect with future talent, Ai Group will work with companies to ensure their business is matched with the best student to suit their needs. Financial assistance is also available to small and medium defence businesses to support the administration costs of student placements.

For more information visit the AiGroup website.

Direct all enquiries to Patricia Zoltan, Project Officer, Defence Industry Scholarship Program:

Register your interest as a student or host company today!

For more information visit the AiGroup website.

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