Scholarships

Notre Dame offers a range of scholarship programs for students.

Funded by the University, industry, individuals and non-profit organisations, scholarships are available to prospective and current students. While the selection criteria vary for each scholarship, community involvement and leadership roles, as well as academic performance and financial hardship, are considered as part of the application process.

Scholarships are offered to students across our three Campuses:

  • Fremantle

  • Sydney

  • Broome

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Health Tertiary Access and Support Program Scholarships
    Value: $5,000 plus $1,500 for material support and resources

    The purpose of the Scholarship is to provide support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to access and attain tertiary qualifications in health related disciplines offered within the following Schools:

    1. School of Health Sciences;
    2. School of Medicine;
    3. School of Nursing and Midwifery; or
    4. School of Physiotherapy

    The Scholarship provides financial support to recipients which may be used to assist with general living and educational expenses. Each scholarship will comprise a cash payment of $5,000 per year to assist students with expenses towards continuing their studies at the University. In addition, each recipient will receive a cash payment of up to $1,500 per year awarded for the purpose of material support and resources such as the purchase of textbooks, a laptop or tablet.

    Applications are now closed.

    For further information, please contact Professor David Paul on (08) 9433 0525 or via email david.paul@nd.edu.au

    Scholarship Guidelines


    University of Notre Dame Australia PhD Research Scholarship: 
    Aboriginal Knowledges for Sustainable Futures

    The University of Notre Dame Australia is offering one (tax-free) PhD scholarship for up to three years for this study. We are seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from Aboriginal candidates interested in pursuing a PhD program under the direction of a team of experts on the topic of Aboriginal Knowledges for Sustainable Futures.

    Research will be based at the Nulungu Research Institute which is located at the Broome Campus of the University of Notre Dame Australia, and will be implemented in the West Kimberley, Western Australia.

    More information.

    Closing date for applications: open until filled.


    The Aurora Project – Indigenous Scholarships Website

    The Aurora Project website contains information about all the undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships available in Australia and overseas, to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Scholarships range in value from a $500 one-off payment to $100,000 paid over the duration of a student's course.

    For more information, please visit www.indigenousscholarships.com.au


    Australian Government Scholarships – Nursing

    Click here to find out more about the range of scholarships available for nurses, midwives, and midwifery and nursing students in Australia.

    The following areas are included;

    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Health Scholarships
    • Aged Care Nursing Scholarship (ACNS)
    • Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS)
    • Emergency Department Scholarships
    • Non Clinical Administrative Staff in Emergency Departments
    • Clinical Placements
    • Aboriginal Medical Services

    Aurora Native Title Internship Program

    The Aurora Native Title Internship Program places law, anthropology and other social science (archaeology, cultural heritage, environmental management,  human geography, history and sociology) students and graduates from Australian universities at Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs) and other organisations involved in policy development, social justice and Indigenous affairs.   The program introduces candidates to career opportunities in native title and Indigenous affairs and at the same time provides assistance to under-resourced and over-worked organisations.

    For more information please see the Aurora website at www.auroraproject.com.au


    Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships

    No new Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships will be offered on the Broome campus from August 2013 but all existing scholarships will continue. Indigenous students on the Sydney and Fremantle campuses may still apply.
    The Commonwealth Scholarships Program is administered on behalf of the Australian Government by eligible higher education providers. There are a number of Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships that Indigenous students can apply for. These include:

    Indigenous Access Scholarship (IAS) provide eligible commencing students with a one off payment. These scholarships assist Indigenous students to undertake an eligible enabling course, undergraduate course or graduate diploma (or equivalent postgraduate course of study) in an area of National Priority required for initial registration to practice in the chosen National Priority field.

    Indigenous Commonwealth Education Cost Scholarship (ICECS) are available to future full-time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to assist with the costs associated with higher education.

    Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (ICAS) seeks to help low-income full-time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with the costs associated with higher education, who have moved a significant distance to study.

    Indigenous Enabling Commonwealth Education Cost Scholarship (IECECS) are available to future full-time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to assist with the costs associated with the enabling or bridging courses at Universities.

    Indigenous Enabling Commonwealth Accommodation Cost Scholarship (IECAS) are available to future full-time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to assist with the costs associated with the enabling or bridging courses at Universities, whom have moved a significant distance to study.

    For more information please contact the Fremantle Fees Office on (08) 9433 0542.


    The Charlie Perkins Scholarships

    Each year the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust offers two Scholarships for Indigenous postgraduates to study at Oxford or Cambridge Universities for up to three years.

    To be considered for the Scholarship, applicants must have applied for a course at Oxford and/or Cambridge. Applicants must also submit:

    • Charlie Perkins Trust application form;
    • Cover letter;
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV);
    • An official transcript of university results (including mid-year results if available);
    • Confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent through a signed written statement (including common seal) of an Aboriginal Heritage Association, Aboriginal Corporation or Land Council in the community where you live or have lived; and
    • Five referees (three of which should be academic referees) should forward written reports to richard.potok@auroraproject.com.au. The references should highlight your capabilities, your past contribution to the Indigenous community, and the perceived future benefit of doing your chosen course. One of your references should be from an Elder in your community, and should highlight your connection to the community.

    Before contacting the Trust, please visit the Perkins Trust website www.perkinstrust.com.au for more detail about the required documents.

    The Charlie Perkins Scholarships will only be awarded to students who are accepted to study at either Oxford or Cambridge. In most instances, this will require a First Class Honours degree or a very strong Second Class Honours degree.

    If you require any clarification on the information contained on the website, please do not hesitate to contact the Trust at scholarships@auroraproject.com.au.

    For more information on scholarships available for Indigenous undergraduate and postgraduate students, please visit www.indigenousscholarships.com.au.


    Australian College of Nursing, Australia (ACN), Aged Care Nursing Scholarships

    Australian College of Nursing, Australia (ACN), Aged Care Nursing Scholarships applications have now closed 15 April 2018.

    Nursing Scholarships are available in the following areas:

    • Continuing Professional Development Scholarships
    • Nurse Re-entry Scholarships and
    • Postgraduate Scholarships

    For further details, eligibility and applications please visit the ACN website.

    For further information:
    Please contact the ACN Scholarships team
    p 1800 116 696
    e scholarships@rcna.org.au


    Australian College of Nursing, Australia (ACN) Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme: Emergency Department

    The following scholarships are available for nurses and non-clinical support workers in an emergency department:

    • Postgraduate study including but not limited to Nurse Practitioner studies
    • Continuing professional development
    • Scholarships for Clinical Placement in an emergency department for:
      • Undergraduate nursing students
      • Postgraduate nursing students and
      • Registered nurses wanting to enhance their experience or change their area of professional practice
    • Emergency department non-clinical support staff wanting to undertake continuing professional development

    For further details, eligibility and applications please visit the ACN website.


    The Catenian Association (Province 20) Youth Scholarship Broome
    $2,000 cash per annum for the duration of the course

    The Catenian Association (Province 20) Youth Scholarship Broome has been established to assist a student enrolled at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus whose educational opportunities are limited due to adverse circumstances such as financial need. 
    To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

    1. Be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia;
    2. Be enrolled full time at the Broome Campus;
    3. Be able to demonstrate:
      1. That their educational opportunities are limited due to adverse circumstances such as financial need; and
      2. How the award of the Scholarship would assist the applicant in addressing the limitations referred to in i).

    Closing date for applications: Thursday 31 May 2018 at 5.00pm.

    The Scholarship will be paid to the recipient for the duration of their studies. For further information please email scholarships@nd.edu.au or call the Development Manager on (08) 9433 0692.

    Scholarship Conditions
    Application form


    The Catherine King Scholarship in Nursing
    Value: $2,000

    The Scholarship is to assist Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in the School of Nursing & Midwifery at the University of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus. The Scholarship is directed towards assisting students whose educational opportunities are limited due to adverse circumstances such as financial need.

    To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

    1. Be and state that he/she identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and is recognised by his/her community as a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent;
    2. Be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia;
    3. Be enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing or Diploma of Nursing, Broome Campus; and
    4. Be able to demonstrate:
      1. That their educational opportunities are limited due to adverse circumstances such as financial need; and
      2. How the award of the scholarship would assist the applicant in addressing the limitations referred to in i)

    Closing date for applications: Thursday 31 May 2018 at 5.00pm

    For further information please email scholarships@nd.edu.au or call the Development Manager on (08) 9433 0692.

    Scholarship Conditions
    Application Form


    Department of Health Scholarships on offer in Western Australia (WA)

    A range of scholarships on offer in WA for those considering a career in nursing or midwifery. There are also a number of postgraduate scholarships offered to registered nurses and midwives who are currently working within the WA public health system.

    Web: http://www.ocno.health.wa.gov.au/scholarships/information.cfm


    Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Scholarships

    Provider: Office of the Chief Nursing Officer
    Value: Varies 
    Criteria: Undergraduate students


    Fulbright Scholarships

    The Fulbright Program is the flagship foreign exchange scholarship program of the United States of America, aimed at increasing binational collaboration, cultural understanding, and the exchange of ideas. Born in the aftermath of WWII, the program was proposed by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946. Since then the Fulbright Program has become the largest educational exchange program in the world, operating in over 160 countries and with an alumni network of over 370,000 former recipients (5,000 of them under the Australian-American program).

    Opportunities for Australian citizens:

    Opportunities for U.S. American citizens:

    Closing date for Australian applicants:  Sunday 15 July 2018
    Closing date for US applicants:  Wednesday 1 August 2018

    Contact our Fulbright Advisers in your campus.

    For further information please visit change hyperlink to www.fulbright.org.au

    This grant requires internal clearance via the University Staff Research Grant Preliminary Clearance Form process before submission. Please contact the University Research Office now to express your interest to apply and for support in developing your application:

    Sydney Research Office
    Dr Qian Garrett
    Tel: 02 8204 4242
    Email: qian.garrett@nd.edu.au

    Fremantle & Broome Research Office
    Dr Heather Clarke
    Tel: 08 9433 0900
    Email: heather.clarke@nd.edu.au


    Mary MacKillop

    General Projects

    The Mary MacKillop Foundation offers scholarships for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tertiary students at Australian universities.

    The student must have a commitment to Indigenous education, health, human rights or justice and complete an application form noting their indigenous background, details of his/her course, their current situation and, most importantly, the envisaged benefits of completing this degree for the wider Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community.

    How to apply: Email info@mackillopfoundation.org.au for information and to request the relevant application form.

    For further information please visit http://www.mackillopfoundation.org.au


    Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust
    Award: Amount varies for each scheme.

    For Undergraduate students who are children or grandchildren of a person who has had operational service with the Australian Army, Navy or Airforce, or three or more years continuous full-time service as a member of the Australian Defence Force.

    For further information please visit www.avcat.org.au


    Australian Federation of Graduate Women

    AFGW offers a limited number of Fellowships to women for postgraduate research, study or training and bursaries and grants for women for study or research.

    For further information please visit www.afgw.org.au


    Australian University Scholarships

    Australian universities offer a range of postgraduate scholarships to international students predominantly targeting Doctoral and Masters Degrees by research. The course of study and financial support is determined by the university. You should contact the relevant university or Study Assist to obtain further information on scholarships available.


    Royal Australian Air Force Women's Association 

    Each year financial grants are made to students on application to assist with the costs of education.

    Eligibility is restricted to 'RAAF families', being those where the students parents or grandparents (living or dead), or other close relatives, serving, or have served, in the RAAF.

    There is no specific income limit. Grants are decided on actual circumstances and are limited to those families most in need.

    For more information please contact:
    The Secretary
    RAAFWA Educational Patriotic Fund Inc.
    PO Box 117
    Jamison ACT 2614
    (02) 6251 1994


    Training.com.au Scholarship

    Please note: This scholarship is now closed, we are not taking any more applications. Please sign up to our newsletter to receive information about future scholarships!


    The Fr PJ McGuire Scholarship
    Value: $2,500

    The purpose of the Fr PJ McGuire Scholarship is to support students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, with a preference for Kimberley students, studying at the Broome, Fremantle, or Sydney Campus of The University of Notre Dame Australia (University).

    To be eligible for the Scholarship, applicants must:

    • Be and state that he/she identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and is recognised by his/her community as a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent;
    • Be enrolled or accepted for enrolment in an Undergraduate, Postgraduate or VET course at The University of Notre Dame Australia;
    • Be able to demonstrate that the award of the Scholarship would assist their educational opportunities;
    • Demonstrate academic merit;
    • Demonstrate personal commitment and motivation to succeed in their study; and
    • Be undertaking their studies internally.

    Applications are now closed.

    For further information, please email scholarships@nd.edu.au or call the Development Manager on (08) 9433 0692.

    Scholarship Conditions