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Brenton J Burford Scholarship

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About this scholarship

SurveyingSA consists of representatives from the Surveyors Board of South Australia (SBSA), Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), SSSI Young Professionals and the University of South Australia (UniSA). SurveyingSA has the aims of increasing the number of Licensed Surveyors in South Australia, promoting the profession and ensuring the continuity of surveying tertiary studies in the State.

The Brenton J Burford Scholarship has been established by SurveyingSA to recognise the long-standing and invaluable contribution of Mr Brenton J Burford to the profession of surveying in South Australia and Australia. Mr Burford lectured in the application of mathematics to surveying and geodosy at the South Australian Institute of Technology (now UniSA) and as a result trained many of the professional surveyors currently working within South Australia. He is remembered by these surveyors as a brilliant lecturer who challenged his students but always remained approachable. He continued his development and promotion of the profession in subsequent roles as a professional surveyor, office bearer in the Institution of Surveyors, Australia (SA Divisional President 1982-83, Federal President 1991-92) and chairman of the Surveyors Board of South Australia (1987-89). As a result of this service he was awarded the 1992 Institution of Surveyors, Australia, JB & JW Calder Award for his outstanding contributions to the surveying profession. He was also instrumental in the instigation of the current partnership between UniSA, the Surveyors Board of SA and the State Government that re-established the undergraduate and graduate programs in Surveying in South Australia. His legacy is one of service and commitment to the profession.

The Brenton J Burford Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student who has completed the Bachelor of Geospatial Science and is undertaking the Master of Surveying at the University of South Australia. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who has been deemed by the Selection Panel to be the most deserving recipient based upon them showing the qualities of: demonstrated aptitude for surveying, diligence to their studies with a demonstrated strong work ethic, positive attitude and willingness to contribute to the learning environment in the classroom and field.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be enrolled fulltime in the first year of the Master of Surveying (IMSY).
  • Have completed the Bachelor of Geospatial Science (LBSP) with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.5 or above.
  • Be willing to act as a positive ambassador for UniSA.

Applicants will be required to submit:

  • An online application.
  • A 300-word written statement outlining reasons for applying and past surveying experience.
  • An unofficial transcript showing previous grades and GPA, and a current curriculum vitae.
  • Attend an interview.

Value: $2,000. The scholarship will be paid in two installments immediately after the SP2 and SP5 census dates in the first year of the student,s Master of Surveying program.

How to apply: online via myScholarships in the student portal. As part of the application process, students must also supply an unofficial academic transcript that shows previous grades and GPA, a current CV and a letter of application. This can be submitted via email or in hard copy.

For more information contact:
Email: NBEenquiries@unisa.edu.au 


Eligible Degrees
  • Masters (Research)
  • Female
  • Male
Eligible Study Fields
Property & Built Environment