RIO TINTO Graduate Scholarship Program 2021-2022

RIO TINTO Graduate Scholarship Program

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RIO TINTO Graduate Scholarship Program:

As part of its ongoing commitment to innovation and research, Rio Tinto offers an $18,000 graduate scholarship for a UBC graduate student; in a field of pure or applied science related to Rio Tinto’s activities in mining.


University of British Columbia, Canada.

Degree Level:

Masters and Doctoral (PhD)

Research Areas:

  • Aluminum metallurgy
  • Electrolysis of molten salts
  • Hydrometallurgy
  • Science of the environment
  • Analytical technologies
  • Modeling and control systems
  • Data Science

The programme’s selection committee will consider any research projects in these areas. Applicants must be enrolled or accepted in a full-time study program for a graduate degree.

Value of award:



International applicants.

Eligibility Criteria:

The criteria used by the committee to decide the recipient are:

  • Academic documents including distinctions;
  • Publications (depending of the level of advancement);
  • Work experience / Leadership / Social implication;
  • Quality of the reference letters;
  • Relevance of the topic for the Aluminum industry.

Application Procedure:

Applicants must check with their graduate program regarding their program’s internal application deadline. Internal application deadlines are often several weeks before the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies nomination deadline.  Following application materials are required; Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Applicants submit their application package to their graduate program.

  • Cover letter listing:
    • student name
    • UBC student number
    • UBC graduate program
    • name of UBC supervisor
    • names of those providing letters of recommendation
  • Proof of enrollment or acceptance
    • Current UBC students: You can obtain a proof of enrollment in your SSC account in ‘Grades and Records’ > ‘Proof of Enrollment letters’.
  • Project description: must include proposed timelines. Maximum four pages, double spaced.
  • up-to-date, official academic records for all university-level studies (including studies undertaken but not completed and transfer courses)
    • For UBC transcripts: the applicant’s “Academic History” printed from the SISC by the applicant’s graduate program; will be accepted.  Please note that the SSC student “grade summary” page is not acceptable; please specifically request the “Academic History” document from your graduate program who has access to the SISC staff system (different from the student SSC system).
    • For institutions other than UBC:
      • only official* transcripts to be accepted. These may be original or certified true copies provided by the applicant’s graduate program. Please note that students must request certified true copies of transcripts from their graduate program, not from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
      • up-to-date, official* transcripts from eVision (UBC graduate admission system) will be accepted. These should be certified by the applicant’s graduate program. Please note that students must request certified copies of transcripts from their graduate program, not from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
      • for all transcripts, please ensure that the grading key/legend for the institution is also provided.
      • transcripts that are in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by an official English translation.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or researchers (one of whom must be your research supervisor), who have followed the applicant’s progress during his or her university studies. Only recommendation letters signed by the person providing the reference are acceptable; original, faxed, and scanned copies sent by e-mail are acceptable.
  • Up to date CV (no page limit).

If official transcripts are not available on eVision: Many universities, including UBC, are not able to provide official paper transcripts at this time.  However, the vast majority of institutions will provide their students/graduates with official transcripts via email or secure digital services (eg. Parchment), either of which will meet the requirement for official transcripts.

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Application Deadline:

Graduate program nomination deadline: likely 17 June 2021.

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