Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

  • The Beasley Family Scholarship in Medicine and Nursing

    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. Two cash scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded to two students each year.

    To be eligible for the Scholarship, applicants must:

    a. 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;
    b. Be enrolled in the School of Medicine or the School of Nursing & Midwifery at the University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle campus; and
    c. Be able to demonstrate that their educational opportunities are limited due to adverse circumstances including, but not limited to, distance, financial need, disability or responsibility for the care of the ill or the elderly, and that the award of the Scholarship would assist them to address these limitations.

    Applications close Wednesday 20 February 2019 at 5pm

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

    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:

    a. 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;
    b. Be enrolled or accepted for enrolment in an Undergraduate, Postgraduate or VET course at The University of Notre Dame Australia;
    c. Be able to demonstrate that the award of the Scholarship would assist their educational opportunities;
    d. Demonstrate academic merit;
    e. Demonstrate personal commitment and motivation to succeed in their study; and
    f. Be undertaking their studies internally.

    Applications close Wednesday 20 February 2019 at 5pm

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

    Scholarship Conditions

    Application Form

  • UNDA 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.

    This scholarship is available to one student undertaking a PhD degree. Applications are sought from suitably qualified Aboriginal researchers wishing to investigate the notion of sustainable futures from an Aboriginal perspective, in response to the Pope’s 2015 Encyclical on the Environment, entitled On Care for Our Common Home. Candidates must hold a First Class Honours or Master degree in a relevant discipline, or be able to demonstrate equivalent research experience.

    Closing date for applications: open until filled.

    For enquiries related to the research topic, please contact Associate Professor Sandra Wooltorton, at Sandra.Wooltorton@nd.edu.au or phone 08 9192 0614 or 0475 831 031.

    For process-related enquiries please contact the Research Office (Fremantle/Broome) on (08) 9433 0664 or email research@nd.edu.au. Please note that international student applicants are eligible to also apply for a fee off-set scholarship.

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  • Catholic Education Western Australia PhD Scholarship

    Value: $40,000 per annum for up to three years

    The University of Notre Dame Australia is offering one (tax-free) PhD scholarship, $40,000 per annum, for up to three years. We are seeking expressions of interest from candidates interested in pursuing a PhD program under the direction of a team of experts on the topic of Transformative Education for Sustainable Futures. Research will be implemented at St Mary’s College, Broome, Western Australia. Established by Catholic Education Western Australia, this scholarship is available to one student undertaking a PhD degree.

    Applications are sought in the research area of Catholic Education, from qualified school teachers wishing to research the notion of ecological conversion in a school community, as documented in the Pope’s 2015 Encyclical on the Environment, entitled On Care for Our Common Home. Candidates must hold a Master degree in Education or be able to demonstrate equivalent research experience.

    Closing date for applications: open until filled.

    For enquiries related to the research topic, please contact Associate Professor Sandra Wooltorton, at Sandra.Wooltorton@nd.edu.au or phone 08 9192 0614 or 0475 831 031.

    For process-related enquiries please contact the Research Office (Fremantle/Broome) on (08) 9433 0664 or email research@nd.edu.au. Please note that international student applicants are eligible to also apply for a fee off-set scholarship.

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External scholarships

  • Mary MacKillop Foundation Indigenous Tertiary Scholarship

    The Mary MacKillop Foundation has been providing tertiary scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students since 1998. Students come from tertiary education providers across the country and study a wide variety of disciplines including education, law, science, acting, music, social work, nursing, medicine, criminology, communications and more.

    Throughout their scholarship, students are supported by a mentor who they meet with every semester for assistance and guidance when needed.

    Please visit www.mackillopfoundation.org.au/projects/#scholarships for further information.

  • The Pallottine Aboriginal Scholarship

    Are you studying or intending to study at a tertiary institution? Are you wanting to make a difference in your community? Do you want to strengthen our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities?

    The Pallottine Scholarship Trust is calling for applications from Aboriginal students studying at a Western Australian higher education or vocational training Institution. Scholarships pay for course fees for successful applicants.

    For more information and application forms please visit www.pallottine.org.au/scholarships/aboriginal-scholarships.html

  • Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme

    Value: $15,000 per year for full-time study, $7,500 per year for part-time study for the duration of the course

    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.

    To be eligible for the Scholarship applicants must:

    a. Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent;
    b. Be enrolled or intending to enroll in an entry level or graduate entry level health related course including Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Dentistry; and
    c. Intend to study in the academic year that the Scholarship is offered.

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

  • The Aboriginal 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 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.

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

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  • Australian Rotary Health Indigenous Health Scholarship

    Australian Rotary Health provides funding into four focus areas: mental health research; general health research; Indigenous health scholarships; and rural medical and nursing scholarships.

    For further information please visit Australian Rotary Health

  • AMA Indigenous Medical Scholarship

    Value: $10,000 per year

    To be eligible for the Scholarship, applicants must be:

    a. Be of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin. For the purposes of this Scholarship, an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person is someone of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, who identifies as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person and is accepted as such by the community in which he or she lives or has lived. Applicants must provide an official letter from an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community organisation supporting their claim; and
    b. Be enrolled full time at an Australian medical school and has successfully completed at least their first year of medicine. Students who are currently in their first year of medicine are eligible to apply for the Scholarship for their second year, but must provide evidence of successful completion of their first year in order to be awarded the Scholarship.

    Applications are now closed.

    For further information and an application form, please visit Australian Medical Association.

  • The House Call Doctors Futures in Health Indigenous Scholarship

    Value: $5,000

    The Scholarship will recognise students who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance and displayed a commitment to their local community and personal development.

    To be eligible for the Scholarship applicants must:

    a. Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident; and
    b. Identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

    Applications close Friday 14 December 2018

    For further information please visit the House Call Doctor website.

  • The Charlie Perkins Scholarships

    Each year, the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust offers two scholarships for Indigenous postgraduate students to study for up to three years at either Cambridge or Oxford universities.

    Please visit the Perkins Trust website www.perkinstrust.com.au/how-to-apply.html for more details. If you then require further information, please feel free to contact Casey Brown, the Trust’s Scholarships Coordinator, on casey.brown@auroraproject.com.au

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

    For more information on scholarships available for Indigenous undergraduate and postgraduate students, please visit http://theaspirationinitiative.com.au

  • Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships

    The Commonwealth Government funded Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP) commenced on 1 January 2017 and provides supplementary funding to universities to help students take on the demands of university and succeed.

    Universities can offer scholarships, tutorial assistance, mentoring, safe cultural spaces and other personal support services. The flexibility of the ISSP assists universities to tailor their services to match student needs.  ISSP funding is particularly prioritised towards the support of Indigenous students who are financially disadvantaged and/or from remote and regional areas.

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

  • 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

  • Healthway Aboriginal Research Training Scholarship

    Healthway (Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation) is governed by the WA Health Promotion Foundation Act 2016 to fund activities related to the promotion of good health. One of the functions of the foundation is to fund research relevant to health promotion. Healthway provides funding for innovative research projects that can clearly demonstrate the ability to prevent illness and promote healthy lifestyles in Western Australia (WA).

    Healthway Aboriginal Research Training Scholarships are designed to increase the number of experienced and trained Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners and researchers in WA working to promote health in Aboriginal communities. The Scholarships will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates in obtaining formal academic training in Aboriginal health research areas through an approved tertiary institution. The post-graduate course may be a graduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, honours, PhD or Masters at a fully accredited institution which will enable the applicant to pursue further studies relevant to Aboriginal Health.

    Applicants must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and must reside within WA for the duration of the scholarship. Research projects must focus on the WA population.

    For further information, guidelines and application form, please visit Healthway.

    There are no submission closing dates, applications will be accepted all year.

  • Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA)

    Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA) are pleased to announce that the Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme is now open.


    Nursing Scholarships are available in the following areas:

    a. Continuing Professional Education (CPD) Scholarships including but not limited to; General Practice Nursing and Nurse Re-entry;
    b. Aboriginal Medical Service Scholarships (AMS);
    c. Registered or enrolled nurse or midwife working in an AMS and wanting to undertake CPD or postgraduate studies;or
    d. Undergraduate nursing student undertaking clinical placement within an AMS.

    For details regarding eligibility and applications please visit the RCNA website.

    For more information please call the RCNA Scholarships team on 1800 116 696 or email scholarships@rcna.org.au.

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