API offers a bursary program to students undertaking degree level studies in engineering relevant to the power industry at particular Australian universities as follows:

  • Available to current engineering students (the majority of bursaries will be awarded to 1st year students with a proportion available to 2nd and 3rd year students)
    • studying electrical or mechanical engineering
    • or studying a mix of electrical/mechanical engineering subjects and
      other subjects e.g. telecommunications/computing.
    • Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
    • The power industry is keen to increase female representation in engineering roles, so applications from female students are also encouraged.
  • Available to students

    $4000 cash, plus paid vacation employment.
    Get paid to apply your university studies.
    Up to 20 Bursaries available in 2017.


    The Australian Power Institute (API) is working to support the education and professional development of power engineers across Australia. API is offering Power Engineering Bursaries to engineering students with an interest in areas of engineering relevant to the electric power industry. The majority of bursaries will be awarded to 1st year students with a proportion available to 2nd and 3rd years.

    We are seeking high quality electrical engineering, mechanical/mechatronics engineering students and renewable energy students with an interest in power engineering. The scale of investment and technological change required in the Australian energy sector is significant and real engineering talent will be needed to meet the customer expectations for price, reliability and service of electricity for the future.

    The bursaries provide a cash value of $4,000 over 4 years plus the opportunity where available of paid employment with member companies during the summer vacations. This may require travel and/or relocation away from home to undertake this paid vacation employment.

    As the API is keen to broaden student bursary involvement with companies from a new and emerging renewable energy sector background. The API Bursary is available to Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents.

    Applications are now Closed.

    2017 Bursary Flyer. Download

    2017 Bursary Presentation. Download

    API Bursary Networking and Awards Functions

    API and individual sponsors provide opportunities each year for bursary holders to meet and interact with industry engineers and managers. The networking and awards events are conducted on a very informal basis for maximum benefit and have been highly valued by both parties. Frequently they are combined with site visits at local sponsor companies.

    The Bursary Awards function are held September-November each year on a State by State basis.


    Bursary Sponsors

    Member Companies