ERM Sustainability Bursary 

The ERM Sustainability Bursary: Innovation in Environmental and/or Social Performance is designed toadvance the mineral sector through excellence and innovation, by providing support to the next generation of pioneers and leaders, so that our industry can continue to generate sustainable value for all stakeholders in the years to come.

The bursary is open to students enrolled at a Canadian educational institution completing a post-graduate degree or in their final year of an undergraduate program in 2023-2024.

It is anticipated that students will be supporting projects in the fields of environment, geoscience, exploration, engineering, hydrology, hydrogeology, sustainability, or social practice and community engagement.

Those applying should demonstrate a passion for sustainability and innovation through a commitment to creating net-positive socio-economic and environmental impact for the mineral industry. This may be demonstrated through the development of improved methods of exploration, the advancement or application of technology, and/or approaches to building strong relationships with Indigenous people, communities, and society. 

We are excited to support the next generation of pioneers and leaders to ensure that our industry can continue to generate sustainable value for all stakeholders in this industry for years to come.

Bursary Application Requirements

Please include the following pieces in your application

  • Cover letter that outlines the applicant’s current area of research, long-term career objectives, how they would benefit from the bursary, key objectives of the study that will be undertaken, how the study will improve the performance of the mineral industry and why the applicant is the best candidate for the award. (Max 500 words)
  • Resume (max two pages) that includes industry experience, academic achievements, association memberships, volunteer experience and interests.

Reference letter:

  • A reference letter from an academic lecturer or supervisor that validates and outlines details about the academic relationship with the student, levels of motivation and academic performance, and highlights the students’ qualifications with examples.


  • A reference letter from an employer attesting to the applicant’s merits for this award (for example, character, passion for sustainability or geoscience industry, working in a team environment, positive record of increasing responsibilities and ability to lead, etc.)

  • Deadline: December 8, 2023 

Application Grading

  1. Cover letter (40%)
  2. Resume (30%)
  3. Reference (20%)
  4. Advocacy (volunteer experience, participation within the industry) (10%)

Successful applicants will be contacted via email by the end of January 2024.

Bursary Application Form

Applicant Information

I satisfy the following eligibility criteria:

Provide up to 150 words
Cover Letter
Reference Letter


Contact information

Krishana Michaud
Student & Early Career Program
[email protected]