The Ecoversity Award provided funding for undergraduates to attend a sustainability-related conference or event, and was a life-changing experience for many students.
The semester-based scholarship program ran during 2016-2019, with an aim to encourage passionate environmental advocates to increase their knowledge, step outside their comfort zone, and network with academics and industry professionals at a national or international event. Typically such opportunities are afforded only to post-graduate students, so having a program like this for undergrads made it unique and exciting.
As climate change and environmental issues impact all industries, students from all faculties were encouraged to apply. A panel of academics and professional staff assessed the applications and letters of recommendations, and successful applicants could use the funding for event registration, travel, accommodation and meals.
Hear from some of our Award winners.
Bachelor of International Development
Attending the United Nations High-Level Political Forum in New York was a dream come true and a life-changing experience. It provided me with valuable information for my International Development Honours thesis and built my networks and confidence to take my academic career even further than I could have imagined.
Bachelor of Environmental Policy & Management
Participating in the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Conference and Early Student Congress was empowering and has opened up new opportunities. I'm now working with EIANZ to help organise the Student Congress at the 2019 annual conference in Adelaide.
Bachelor of Medicine / Surgery
The Doctors for the Environment Conference demonstrated many ways that people are tackling climate change and unsustainable practice within the medical sphere. It provided hands-on ways for delegates to get involved and highlighted the need for medical professionals to equip themselves to respond to the health consequences of climate change.
Bachelor of Economics (Advanced)
The International Conference of South East Asia Natural Resources and Environmental Management in Malaysia gave me a new understanding of the diversity and rich cultural differences in academia worldwide, that will help me to empathise, communicate and collaborate more effectively. The people I met will continue to inspire me for years to come.
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil & Structural) / Bachelor of Finance
The Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Conference was an eye-opening opportunity which has me very excited about a future in sustainability. I highly recommend students interested in a career in sustainability to explore their curiosity and apply for an Ecoversity Award.
Bachelor Viticulture & Oenology
It was illuminating to hear perspectives from across the world on how different wine regions are addressing issues of water sustainability under different environmental and regulatory conditions. Visiting the beautiful vineyards, learning about sustainability practices, and tasting wine was a wonderful way to end a fantastic few days in Vina-del-Mar, Chile.