Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

  • The Aboriginal Health Pathways Scholarships

    Value: $2,500 plus $750 for material support and resources

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

    a. School of Health Sciences;
    b. School of Medicine;
    c. School of Nursing and Midwifery; or
    d. School of Physiotherapy.

    Applications are now closed.

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

    Scholarship Guidelines

  • The Aboriginal Medical Student (SoMF) Scholarship

    The purpose of the Scholarship is to provide financial support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) in the School of Medicine, Fremantle Campus.

    The number and value of scholarships awarded each year will be at the discretion of the Selection Committee.

    To be eligible for the Scholarship applicants must:

    1. Be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and state that he/she identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and is recognised by his/her community as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person;
    2. Be enrolled as a full-time student at The University of Notre Dame Australia in the School of Medicine, Fremantle;
    3. Be able to demonstrate satisfactory academic achievement throughout the year in which the Scholarship is awarded; and
    4. Be able to demonstrate the circumstances set out in the Selection Criteria.

    Applications are now closed.

    Scholarship Conditions

  • The Beasley Family Scholarship in Medicine and Nursing

    Value: $5,000

    The purpose of the Scholarship is to assist and encourage Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in the School of Medicine or the School of Nursing & Midwifery at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle.

    To be eligible for the Scholarship, applicants must:

    1. Be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent 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 enrolled in the School of Medicine or the School of Nursing & Midwifery at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus; and
    3. Be able to demonstrate that their educational opportunities are limited due to adverse circumstances as set out in the Selection Criteria.

    Applications close Wednesday 12 February 2020 at 4pm

    Scholarship Conditions

    Application Form

  • The Fr PJ McGuire Scholarship

    Value: $2,500

    The purpose of the 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.

    To be eligible for the Scholarship, 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 enrolled or accepted for enrolment in an Undergraduate, Postgraduate or VET course at The University of Notre Dame Australia;
    3. Be undertaking their studies internally; and
    4. Be able to demonstrate that their educational opportunities are limited due to adverse circumstances as set out in the Selection Criteria.

    Applications close Wednesday 12 February 2020 at 4pm

    Scholarship Conditions

    Application Form

  • Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships

    The Commonwealth Scholarships Program is administered on behalf of the Australian Government by eligible higher education providers. The purpose of the Program is to assist students of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.

    For further information, please contact the Indigenous Student Support Officer on (08) 9433 0864 or email: carolyn.moylan@nd.edu.au.

    There are two types of Commonwealth Scholarships available. Some students may be eligible for both:

    1. Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (ICAS)
      This scholarship assists with the costs or relocation and/or accommodation costs.
    2. Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs  Scholarship (ICECS)
      This scholarship assists students with the costs of studying.

    Eligibility for Scholarships

    Please use the Scholarship Conditions link below to check your eligibility. Please note there are additional criteria for the ICAS.

    Value of Scholarships

    Funding for the Scholarships is subject to change on a year by year basis. Scholarships will be allocated proportionate to need and assessed in accordance with the ISSP Needs Assessment Framework (Scholarships). Additional consideration is given to the requirement to relocate from a remote or regional area. Typical scholarship values are:

    1. ICAS – Funding is limited to $3,000.00 for a calendar year
    2. ICECS – Scholarships from $500 (low need) up to $2,500.00 (high need) for a calendar year

    Please note:

    1. Scholarships may be paid as a combination of cash and redeemable vouchers
    2. Scholarships will be paid in 2 parts, 50% each in Semesters 1 and 2 subject to continued enrolment
    3. You will be required to declare you still meet the eligibility requirements prior to your second payment in the year
    4. Scholarships awarded for the first time in the second semester of a year will be for that semester only and be pro-rated.

    Useful documents

    Please visit Indigenous Student Success Program | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for further information.

    Related documents

  • Notre Dame PhD Research Scholarship: Aboriginal Knowledges for Sustainable Futures

External scholarships

Outside of the scholarships offered by Notre Dame, the following scholarships are offered externally. Students can access a number of external scholarships from organisations not affiliated with the University. It is recommended to visit the individual websites below to find out more information about the scholarship including application and eligibility requirements. The University of Notre Dame Australia is not responsible for the contents of the linked websites.

  • The Aurora Project – Indigenous Scholarships Website

    The purpose of the Aurora Project is to provide undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Australia and overseas. 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 the Indigenous Scholarships Portal

  • Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA)

    The purpose of the Scholarship is to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people who are studying a course in ATSI health work, allied health, dentistry and oral health, medicine, midwifery or nursing.

    For further information please visit the Australian College of Nursing website.

  • Mary MacKillop Today Scholarships

    The purpose of this program is to address systemic barriers to education by increasing access to tertiary studies for First Nations students. Throughout their scholarship, students are supported by a mentor who they meet with every semester for assistance and guidance when needed.

    For more information and application details please visit the Mary MacKillop website.

  • The Pallottine Aboriginal Scholarship

    The purpose of this Scholarship is to assist Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people who wish to undertake post secondary education. Scholarships pay for course fees for successful applicants.

    For further information and for application details please visit the Pallottine website.