Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

  • 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

    Applications close Monday 16 March 2020 at 5pm

  • Community Sector Banking Indigenous Scholarship Program

    Community Sector Banking have launched the Indigenous Scholarship Program aimed at financially supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The recipient will receive $10,000 ($5,000 over two years) to go towards their academic costs/tuition fees, accommodation costs and/or textbooks. The Scholarship recognises not only Indigenous students who need financial support but, also displays a commitment to their local community and personal development.

    To apply, complete the application form here www.communitysectorbanking.com.au/grants/scholarships.

    2018 Indigenous Scholarship Program Factsheet

    Applications are now closed.

  • The House Call Doctor Futures in Health Indigenous Scholarship

    House Call Doctor have launched the Futures in Health Indigenous Scholarship aimed at financially supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students considering a career in medicine or nursing. The recipient will receive $10,000 to go towards their academic costs/tuition fees in 2018. The Scholarship recognises an Indigenous student who have not only demonstrated exceptional academic performance, but also displays a commitment to their local community and personal development.

    To be eligible for consideration, candidates need to:

    • be 18 years or older
    • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
    • identify as Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander
    • be studying either Doctor of Medicine, Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing or Graduate Certificate in Ophthalmic Nursing.
    • be entering at least the 2nd year of study in 2018
    • provide written documentation where required, such as a Statutory Declaration or other supporting documents
    • submit a document no more than 700 words that addresses the following Section Criteria;
      1. An outline of your academic or career achievements to date. You may also wish to describe your future academic and career aspirations.
      2. A description of your involvement in community events, organisations or campaigns. You may wish to highlight leadership roles that you have taken on within your community.
      3. To describe how The House Call Doctor Futures in Health Scholarship will impact your studies, or assist with your future career goals and aspirations.

    Applications are now closed.

  • NSW Department of Education – Teacher Education Scholarships

    Value: $5,000 per year of full time study + $3,000 appointment allowance

    Please see the website for further details.

  • The Charlie Perkins Scholarships

    The purpose of the Scholarship is to assist postgraduates of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent to study either at Oxford or Cambridge universities for up to three years.

    For further information and application details please visit the Perkins Trust 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.

  • 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.