Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships

  • The Aunty Elsie Indigenous Support Scholarship

    Value: $7,500 (six scholarships)

    The purpose of the Scholarship is to provide financial support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students commencing or continuing undergraduate studies at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney 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; and
    b. Be enrolled full-time at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus.

    Applications close Friday 22 January 2021 at 5pm

    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 Thursday 26 November 2020 at 5pm

    Scholarship Conditions

    Application Form

  • Indigenous Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship

  • 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 Officers.
    Fremantle Campus: (08) 9433 0864 or email: carolyn.moylan@nd.edu.au.
    Sydney Campus: (02) 8204 4645 or email: sydney.indigenous@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

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 Aurora Project has an Indigenous Scholarships Portal which lists a large number of resources and opportunities such as scholarships, internships and cadetships for Indigenous Australians.

    For more information, please visit the Indigenous Scholarships Portal.

  • Australian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) Foundation Conference Grant: Promoting Future Indigenous Leaders in Emergency Medicine

    Value: $5000 (for one year)

    ACEM, along with the ACEM Foundation, acknowledge that increasing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce is an essential step in reducing the current health disparities experienced by Indigenous people.

    The grant aims to provide professional development and:

    • Encourage the sharing of current knowledge and expertise in Emergency Medicine with Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori health practitioners
    • Strengthen relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health practitioners
    • Facilitate leadership development for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori health practitioners.

    Successful applicants will be appointed a Host, either an ACEM Fellow, trainee or staff member, who will accompany the applicant at the selected conference. In addition, the Grant can be be used to cover the following while the recipient is at either the ACEM ASM or the ACEM Winter Symposium:

    • Event registration
    • Return economy-class airfares
    • Accommodation
    • Travel and living expenses.

    Recipients are presented with a certificate acknowledging of the Grant at the College Ceremony, held in November each year.

    For more information, please visit the ACEM website.

  • Alan Duncan Memorial Scholarship

    Value: $1000-$5000 (for one year)

    Three different scholarships are available including the Alan Duncan Memorial Scholarship ($5000), the Alan Duncan Memorial Course Assistance Fund ($1000), and the Alan Duncan Memorial Incidents Support Fund ($1000). Eligibility requirements differ for each.

    For more information, please visit the Aboriginal Education Council (NSW) website.

  • Australian Medical Association (AMA) Indigenous Medical Scholarship

    Value: $10,000 (for one year)

    The purpose of the Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders who are studying for a medical degree at an Australian university.

    For more information, please visit the AMA website.

  • Australian Rotary Health Indigenous Health Scholarship

    Value: $5000 (for one year)

    Australian Rotary Health provide scholarships:

    • to assist Indigenous students to undertake a course in a wide range of health-related professions;
    • to assist students to gain an education which will in turn enable them to use this education for the benefit of other Indigenous people in some of our remote areas;
    • with the intention of training doctors to work amongst other Indigenous people, but the scope of the scheme has enlarged to permit the training, firstly of nurses, and now other health related profession.

    For more information, please visit the Australian Rotary Health website.

  • black&write! Writing Scholarships

    Value: $10000 prize money + manuscript development assistance + publication opportunity with Hatchette Australia

    Each year black&write! offers two Fellowships for unpublished manuscripts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers. The winning Fellows work closely with black&write! editors to develop their manuscripts for publication.

    For more information, please visit the black&write website.

  • Budget Promotion Scholarship Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

    Value: $3,000 (for one year)

    Budget Promotion provide an annual scholarship that is awarded to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student who can demonstrate that the further education that they are gaining will advance their community.

    For more information please see the Budget Promotion website.

  • Community Sector Banking Indigenous Scholarship Program

    Value: $10,000 (over two years)

    Each year, Community Sector Banking provide four scholarships to Indigenous students commencing undergraduate studies.

    For more information please see the Community Sector Banking website.

  • CSIRO Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Scholarships

    Value: Top-up scholarships valued at $7,000 per year plus an operating budget of $10,000 per annum

    The CSIRO Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Scholarship program is an initiative which supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to undertake postgraduate study in CSIRO STEM (science, technology engineering, mathematics) priority areas.

    The Scholarships will take the form of a top up to provide additional support to other financial support schemes, such as a Research Training Program or Centrelink study schemes. Scholarships may be awarded for study towards a PhD (3 years) or a Masters (2 years) or an equivalent degree at an Australian university.

    For more information please visit the CSIRO website.

  • The John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship

    Value: $5,500 (for one year)

    The Law Council of Australia’s John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in an approved course of study that is a prerequisite to admission as a legal practitioner in any Australian jurisdiction at or through an Australian tertiary institution.

    For more information please visit the Law Council of Australia website.

  • Lorna Earl and William Woodberry (LEWW) Scholarship

    Value: $15,000 (for one year)

    The Lorna Earl and William Woodberry (LEWW) Scholarship Program was established to encourage Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to further their education and to contribute to the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s education. The LEWW Scholarships provide the opportunity for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students from a financially disadvantaged background to study at universities in New South Wales.

    For more information please visit the Aurora Indigenous Scholarships Portal website.

  • Margaret Ida Howie Scholarship

    Value: $1,000-$5,000 (for one year)

    Awards from the Margaret Ida Howie Fund are made to Indigenous Australian women in New South Wales who are undertaking tertiary study. Several awards types are available each year.

    For more information please visit the Aboriginal Education Council (NSW) website.

  • Mary MacKillop Today First Nations Tertiary Scholarship

    Value: $5,000 (for one year)

    The First Nations Tertiary Scholarships Program provides financial support to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. This program works to address systemic barriers to education by increasing access to tertiary studies for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. This helps to ensure that scholarship recipients can achieve a better quality of life for themselves, their families and their communities.

    For more information please visit the Mary MacKillop website.

  • NSW Aboriginal Land Council Freddy Fricke Scholarship

    Value: $10,000 (for one year)

    The Freddy Fricke Scholarship assists students with funds to help complete their studies as well as providing the opportunity of an additional paid internship at NSWALC. The scholarship is aimed at penultimate year students at a tertiary institution in NSW.

    Fields of study may include law, finance, business, media & communications, human resources, land & environment, planning, policy or property management.

    For more information please visit the NSW Aboriginal Land Council website.

  • NSW Department of Education Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Scholarships

    Value: Up to $20,000 (over four years)

    These early childhood education scholarships have been developed to help increase the number of Aboriginal early childhood teachers in NSW and ensure children have access to inclusive and culturally appropriate education programs.

    The scholarships go beyond financial assistance, with the Department of Education supporting scholarship recipients throughout their studies by linking them with mentoring programs and other support.

    An increase in Aboriginal early childhood teachers will help ensure that Aboriginal perspectives are embedded in early childhood education, and that preschools are welcoming and inclusive places for all children.

    For more information please visit the NSW Dept. of Education website.

  • NSW Rural Allied Health Undergraduate Scholarships

    Value: $10,000 (for one year)

    Rural Allied Health Undergraduate Scholarships are offered to students from a rural background undertaking "entry level" studies in allied health (leading to a degree that qualifies the student to practice). Up to 50 NSW Rural Allied Health Scholarships are offered each year.

    While not exclusively for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, these scholarships could assist students relocating from rural areas to study at Notre Dame.

    For more information please visit the Health, Education & Training website.

  • NSW Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadetship

    Value $30,000 ($15,000 per year for the final two years of a medicine degree)

    NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN), on behalf of the NSW Ministry of Health, is offering cadetships to medical students interested in undertaking a medical career in rural NSW. At least two of these cadetships are for Indigenous medical students.

    For more information please visit the NSW Rural Doctors Network website.

  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) President’s Indigenous Congress Prize

    Value: Full trainee/medical student registration, return economy airfares and three nights’ accommodation to attend RACP Congress.

    Medical students, junior medical officers and RACP trainees, who identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Māori, are provided educational and networking opportunities through the RACP President’s Indigenous Congress Prize.

    For more information please visit the RACP website.

  • The Royal College of Pathologists of Australia (RCPA) Scholarships in Pathology for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

    Value: $2000 (for one year)

    Each year the RCPA offers one scholarship to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student studying a Bachelor of Medicine or equivalent at an Australian university.

    For more information please visit the RCPA website.

  • The Heart Foundation’s Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards

    Value: Up to $120,000 (over three years)

    The Heart Foundation provides funding for Australia’s best and brightest researchers to explore a wide range of issues around heart disease, including areas relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

    Up to $120,000 in funding over 3 years is available to individual researchers or to groups of researchers working or wishing to work in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cardiovascular health sphere.

    For more information please visit the Heart Foundation website.

  • The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme

    Value: Up to $15,000 per year

    The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme (PHMSS) is designed to encourage and assist undergraduate students in health-related disciplines to complete their studies and join the health workforce. The scheme provides scholarships for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people studying an entry level health course.

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

  • The Walkley Young Indigenous Scholarship

    Value: $10,000 plus work experience opportunities

    This is an exciting opportunity for an aspiring Indigenous journalist aged 30 years or under to develop their newsroom experience with two leading news providers. This twelve-week scholarship will be broken down into six weeks with Junkee Media and six weeks with 10 News First in Sydney. You’ll develop a broad understanding of newsroom and production processes and requirements, and as a member of the team you will be encouraged to share your ideas, skills and knowledge.

    You will receive a stipend of $10,000 to cover living expenses for the duration of the scholarship and support and guidance from an experienced journalist who will mentor you throughout your placement.  Accommodation at the Tony Mundine Hostel is also available.

    For more information, please visit the Walkley Foundation website.

  • NSW Health Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship Program

    The purpose of this Program is to provide support and assistance to Aboriginal people studying an undergraduate nursing or midwifery degree at University.

    Cadetships include:

    • ​study allowance of $600 per fortnight whilst undertaking study for 40 weeks
    • $500 per semester support allowance
    • 12 weeks paid employment in a local public hospital or Justice Health facility
    • support from an Aboriginal mentor, cadet coordinator and additional clinical support.
    • the potential for ongoing employment upon successful completion of your studies and the program

    For more information, please visit the NSW Health website.