Tertiary students with a keen interest in topics such as law, game management and conservation could receive a funding boost to support their studies. The SSAA Academic Bursary Program is a $10,000 annual initiative open to all tertiary students with an interest in furthering the wider community’s understanding of areas relevant to the SSAA’s goals and philosophies.
This SSAA initiative began in 2014 and has so far helped young people studying a variety of subjects such as journalism, veterinary science, criminology and biodiversity. The program enables the SSAA, as Australia’s prime hunting and sports shooting organisation, to work more closely with the country’s academic current and future leaders.
In 2020, Meg Edwards was awarded $1800 to support her work into Australia’s wildlife and their susceptibility to predators, disease and competitors. The University of Queensland PhD student was able to present her findings in the US at the International Congress of Behavioural Ecology.
In 2016, Thomas Edwards was allocated $1500 to further his Bachelor of Law and Criminology with Deakin University. His passion for law and advocating for lawful use of firearms and the protection of proper and professional shooting and hunting stood out in his application for the bursary.
University of Queensland’s Matthew Amos was one of the inaugural bursary recipients in 2014 with the funding helping him complete his PhD in Animal Studies focusing on survey methods for red deer population monitoring.
Applicants are encouraged to apply at any time throughout the academic year via the SSAA National website. While individual bursary amounts will vary between $500 and $2000, additional funding can be made available on merit. For more information visit www.ssaa.org.au/members/academic-bursary-program