Why NExUS?

The National Exploration Undercover School (NExUS) is a collaboration of universities, government and industry partners to deliver a truly world-class national program of training to future geologists.

Students at undergraduate or postgraduate level from any university across Australia and recent industry and government employees in the sector can apply to be part of the three-week program.

Our intention is to have a group of 30 enthusiastic and engaged participants who’ll make a difference into the future! Here are some of the reasons why YOU should apply.

    Stand out from the crowd

    NExUS participants conducting field work

    Students are invited to apply from third-year Bachelor of Science, honours and coursework masters. Recent industry and government survey professionals are also most welcome.

    The onus is on prospective participants to demonstrate their passion for mineral exploration and a desire for a career in the industry; you will need to write an application on selected criteria and provide two references. The program aims to be competitive and prestigious. Only 30 places are available.

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    Connect with industry

    Industry-led sessions with NExUS participants at the South Australia Drill Core Reference Library

    As part of the course, participants will meet and work with mineral exploration leaders from industry, government and research institutions.

    You get to learn from the best in the classroom, and work side-by-side with them on their exploration and mining sites.

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    Strengthen your skills

    NExUS participant conducting field work in the Adelaide Hills

    With three or more years of university under your belt, and perhaps experience in industry and government, the intensive NExUS program will enable you to consolidate your skills. Immerse yourself in the mineral exploration world by living and breathing it for three weeks.

    Experience multiple presenters from industry, government research providers, university and professional geoscience organisations.

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