The Andy Thomas Space Foundation Education Fund

Scholarships and Awards

The Foundation is offering scholarships, awards and prizes to a value of $150,000 under the following five programs.

 
  • 3 prizes of $10,000 each (sponsored by EOS Space Systems). For Australian researchers or doctoral candidates for the best research project proposals in specified space technology fields.
 
 
  • 1 full scholarship to a value of $15,000. For Australian citizens and permanent residents. Applications will be received from graduates and senior undergraduates able to attend the five-week live-in International Space University/University of South Australia Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program in January and February 2022.
 
 
  • 3 scholarships of $10,000 each. For Australian citizens and permanent residents. Applications will be received from graduates to attend an honours or masters program in a space-related field of research.
 
 
  • 5 prizes of $6000 each. For Australian citizens and permanent residents. Applications will be received from undergraduate and graduate students in space disciplines. Prize winner will also receive offers of internships hosted by space companies involved in the SpIRIT project.
 
 
  • 9 prizes of $5,000 each. For South Australian schools for projects involving students and teachers in years 7, 8 or 9 on the importance of space in addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Prizes will include school visits to the Australian Space Discovery Centre at Lot Fourteen in Adelaide.
 

Special consideration in Programs 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be given to female applicants and applicants with an indigenous background and/or from rural or regional areas.

The Andy Thomas Space Foundation was incorporated in July 2020 as a not-for-profit company governed by a board of directors with power to receive grants and donations and to provide financial support for programs and projects consistent with its objects.

The Foundation is committed to driving progress at a national level in education, research and innovation. The Andy Thomas Space Foundation Education Fund provides financial assistance for deserving projects to deserving young Australians. The aims of the Education Fund are:

  • To support space education and outreach in Australia
  • To inspire young people to pursue careers in space by building a culture of entrepreneurship and igniting a curiosity for space and related scientific activities
  • To improve the knowledge and develop skills of potential founders of space-related enterprises.
  • To improve the employability of young people in the space sector and to facilitate students and young graduates to find jobs related to their skills.


The Foundation is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment that welcomes and values all people. We recognise that diversity is essential in contributing to the success of the Andy Thomas Space Foundation Education Fund. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, the LGBTIQ+ community, people living with disability and those from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, are encouraged to apply.

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The Education Fund enjoys the generous backing of the following supporters