Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

  • 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.

    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 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 Campus.

    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, Fremantle Campus; and
    c. Be able to demonstrate that their educational opportunities are limited due to adverse circumstances.

    Applications have now closed.

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

    Scholarship Conditions

  • 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 are now closed

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

    Scholarship Conditions

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    For further information please visit the House Call Doctor website.

  • Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA)

    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.

  • RCPA Scholarships in Pathology for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) & Maori Medical Students

    The purpose of this Scholarship is to support medical students undertaking the Bachelor of Medicine or equivalent at Australian and New Zealand universities. Each year, one scholarship is available in Australia for an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander student and one scholarship is available in New Zealand for a Maori student.

    For further information and for application details please visit The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia website.

  • AVANT Foundation Scholarship

    Value: $15,000

    The purpose of this Scholarship is to provide one student with financial support to pursue and succeed in their first year toward becoming a doctor.

    For more information and for application details please see the information form.

  • Minnie Bairstow Trust Scholarship

    Value: up to $10,000

    The purpose of this Scholarship is to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with the cost of accommodation while at University.

    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. Currently live in Western Australia; 
    c. Be enrolled as a full-time internal student in a university course for Semester 1 of relevant year; and
    d. Be paying rent or fees for accommodation in either on-campus student housing, other rented accommodation, a university college, or an approved supported accommodation program.

    For further information and for application details please visit the Minnie Bairstow website or email contact@minniebairstow.org.au.

  • AMA Indigenous Medical Scholarship

    Value: $10,000

    The purpose of this Scholarship is to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying Medicine.

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

  • Minnie Bairstow Aboriginal Accommodation Scholarship

    Value: up to $10,000

    The purpose of this Scholarship is to go towards accommodation costs for Aboriginal students studying at a Western Australian university.

    For further information and for application details please visit the Minnie Bairstow website or email contact@minniebairstowscholarship.org

  • Yvonne Burgu Education Award

    Value: $1,000

    The purpose of this Scholarship is to honour the memory of the late Yvonne Burgu, by supporting Aboriginal women completing their first university degree or TAFE college diploma.

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

  • The Aurora Project – Indigenous Scholarships Website

    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

  • Shell Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year

    Value: $10,000

    The purpose of this award is to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergraduate and postgraduate students currently completing a science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine or health university degree.

    For further information and for application details please visit the Premier’s Science Awards website.

  • Mary MacKillop Today Scholarships

    Value: $3,000 (up to 3 Scholarships)

    The purpose of the Scholarship is to assist students of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent to complete tertiary education and help close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.

    For further information and application details please visit the Mary MacKillop Today website or contact laura.blanchard@marymackilloptoday.org.au

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