Education Fund 2022

In 2022, the Andy Thomas Space Foundation is proud to offer nine innovative and immersive prizes and award programs, to a total value of more than A$300,000. These opportunities will enable students and researchers of all ages to engage with Australian and international space industry experts, promoting the growth and capability of Australia's future workforce.

Mercury Program: The Andy Thomas Space Foundation's 3D Innovation Challenge

Applications open to schools

The Andy Thomas Space Foundation with the support of SmartSat CRC and innovative Adelaide-based technology company, Makers Empire, will train teachers from nine primary schools across South Australia on a space-themed version of their 3D design curriculum. The program will focus on classroom-based STEM learning culminating in a showcase involving students and their teachers at the Australian Space Discovery Centre in Adelaide.

Mars Program: The Andy Thomas Space Foundation School Challenge

Applications open to schools

Nine prizes valued at $4000 each. Supported by SmartSat CRC and coordinated by Hamilton Secondary College, South Australian schools (years 7,8 or 9) will be invited to conduct projects linked to space technology and the Buzz Aldrin Foundation ‘Giant Mars Map’, stimulating student interest in space. These projects are supported by presentations and advice from space industry experts. Prizes will also include school visits to the Australian Space Discovery Centre at Lot Fourteen in Adelaide.

Venus Program: The Andy Thomas Space Foundation and Playford Trust Undergraduate Scholarships
Applications open to Year 12 students

Multiple scholarships valued at $5000 each. Available for year 12 graduate students and jointly funded by the Playford Trust and the Andy Thomas Space Foundation, these scholarships will be awarded to high-achieving school leavers enrolling to study space-related disciplines at university in 2023.

On-line applications opening soon

Earth Program: The Andy Thomas Space Foundation Undergraduate Internship Prizes
Applications open to undergraduates

Four awards valued at $2,500 each. Co-funded by the Andy Thomas Space Foundation and Playford Trust, these prizes are available to undergraduate university students completing a space-related bachelor’s degree. Prize winners will receive a 6-week paid internship opportunity with a space company.

On-line applications opening soon

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Neptune Program: The Andy Thomas Space Foundation Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program scholarships
Applications open to graduates and senior undergraduates

One full scholarship valued up to $15,000. For graduates and senior undergraduates who are Australian citizens or permanent Australian residents wishing to attend the five-week, inter-disciplinary International Space University/ University of South Australia Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SHSSP) in January/February 2023.

Applications Close: 31 October 2022

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Uranus Program: The Andy Thomas Space Foundation and Australian Space Agency Graduate scholarships in space
Applications open to postgraduate students

Six scholarships valued at $10,000 each. Available for post-graduate students and jointly funded by the Australian Space Agency and The Andy Thomas Space Foundation. These scholarships are available for Australian citizens and permanent residents commencing an honours or masters university program in a space discipline or space-related field of research.

Applications Close: 15 December 2022

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Saturn Program: The Andy Thomas Space Foundation, SmartSat CRC and DEWC PhD Scholarship
Applications open to PhD students

One prize valued at $90,000 ($30,000 per year for 3 years) (jointly funded by the Andy Thomas Space Foundation, the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre and Australian defence contracting company DEWC). Available for Australian PhD students (commencing or continuing) for novel projects and innovative thesis proposals in space-related fields.

Jupiter Program: The Andy Thomas Space Foundation EOS Space Systems Research Awards
Applications open to PhD students and early career researchers

Three prizes valued at $10,000 each (sponsored by EOS Space Systems). Open to Australian researchers and doctoral candidates for the most innovative research project proposals in specified space technology fields.

Applications Closed: 27 May 2022

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Pluto Program: The Andy Thomas Space Foundation and cosine Remote Sensing Project Award
Applications open to PhD students and early career researchers

One prize valued at $15,000. Available for Australian doctoral candidates and early career researchers focusing on projects that relate to the development and validation of novel detection methods through hyperspectral observations and algorithms to support such applications. The prize will also include a short-term visit to Europe.

Applications Closed: 27 May 2022

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Aurora Program: Inclusion Initiative Pilot Program
8 South Australian Schools

Following the generous contributions of the Maras Foundation and support from other organisations, including the Australian Space Agency and SmartSat CRC, the Andy Thomas Space Foundation has developed an innovative fund offering engaging and accessible education opportunities for designed specifically for students and young people living with a disability

Education Fund Sponsors 2022

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Constellation Sponsors

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SME Sponsors

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Start-Up Sponsors

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‘Quod Invenias Explorans Spatium Progressus Est Humanitatis’.

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