Scholarships for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Students


Browse the main annual scholarships offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Australian Indigenous Higher Degree Research Scholarships

The Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) is calling for applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people seeking to undertake a Research Masters, PhD or Professional Doctorate at the University of New England. Up to ten Higher Degree Scholarships are available to commence in January–March 2017. Find out more about the Australian Indigenous HDR Research Scholarships.

Accommodation Grants

Indigenous Accommodation Grants

Are you planning to be a full-time, on-campus student at UNE in 2017?

Experiencing housing stress? Is paying your rent a really big issue?  So big that you might have to stop studying full time? This new grant might be able to help you!

Introduction

The Oorala Aboriginal Centre recognises that many students face financial hardship, particular in the area of affordable rental accommodation.

In cooperation with the Aboriginal Housing Office (part of the NSW Department of Family and Community Services) Oorala and UNE have created Indigenous Accommodation Grants to assist Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students with a rent subsidy of up to $5000, to cover Trimesters 2 and 3.

Objectives

The objectives of this grant scheme are:

  • To overcome financial barriers around accommodation that may prevent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from applying to study at UNE
  • To increase the number of new Indigenous enrollments at UNE through the payment of accommodation grants
  • To improve the retention rate for existing Indigenous students who may be at risk of dropping out of university due to housing stress.

How it works

The grants are to be spent only on accommodation. The grant will be paid monthly. Payments can be made to a real estate agency, an owner of a rental property or to a college at UNE.

What kind of accommodation is covered by this grant?

The grants are available to cover rental accommodation in the Armidale region for full-time students enrolled at UNE. The kinds of accommodation covered include:

  • Existing private rental accommodation used by a student;
  • Accommodation negotiated between the student and HomesNorth once a grant has been allocated;
  • A room in a UNE college.

If a student is successful in obtaining an Accommodation Grant, staff at the Oorala Aboriginal Centre can put them in contact with HomesNorth or UNE Accommodation Services to obtain a suitable rental property or college room.

Details

Value:

Up to $5000

Number to be awarded:

14

Duration:

Trimesters 2 and 3, 2017–18

Applicant’s study mode:

Full-time

Eligibility

The applicant must:

  • Provide evidence of Aboriginality
  • Be a full-time student enrolled at UNE
  • The applicant is currently living independently from their family and can provide evidence of housing stress, i.e. spending more than 40% of their weekly income on accommodation
  • Provide a short statement outlining why they need a UNE Indigenous Accommodation Grant (no more than 500 words).

Specific Terms and Conditions

Confirmation of Aboriginality
  1. Letter from a Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC)
  2. Letter from a registered Aboriginal Organisation.
  3. If neither of the first two confirmation options is possible, a Statutory Declaration can be used but only in circumstances where an individual is unable to provide evidence from a Local Aboriginal Land Council or Aboriginal Corporation (please see Operational guidelines for more information and specific requirements).
Evidence relating to independent living
  • A rental bond notice
  • A letter from a landlord outline weekly rent payable
  • A rental lease agreement or contract outlining weekly rent payable.

Evidence relating to housing stress
  • A pay slip
  • A bank account statement and
  • Documented evidence of Centrelink payments (if applicable).

Selection process

The selection committee will consist of staff from the Oorala Aboriginal Centre; two representatives from the other two universities participating in this scheme and a representative from the funding body.

Key dates

Closing date for applications: 16th July 2017

Apply now

Download the application form from the link, fill it out, attach appropriate documents and send to:

ooralamgt@une.edu.au

or deliver your application to the Oorala Aboriginal Centre, Booloominbah Drive, UNE, Armidale 2351. (Do not include original copies of important documents in the envelope.)

For assistance or advice on your application, please contact Oorala directly via phone on Freecall – 1800 622 384, or call Julia Morgillo on (02) 6773 5623) or email (jmorgil2@une.edu.au) and we will walk you through the process step by step.

Privacy

In applying for this award the recipient agrees to have information that is required to determine eligibility for this grant forwarded to the Selection Committee. Some members of the committee may not be UNE staff but all information gathered will be treated with discretion. The privacy of applicants’ information will be vigorously respected.

Conditions

In accepting this award, the recipient acknowledges that they are accepting the terms and conditions outlined above.

Government, Industry, and Other Organisations Scholarships

Commonwealth Equity Scholarships

Now Open

Equity Scholarships for Indigenous students enrolled full-time* in a UNE undergraduate course, who have current financial hardship (open to new students who have applied for admission, or continuing students). The scholarships offered are:

* Part-time students may apply if there are exceptional circumstances preventing full-time study.

Postgraduate students are eligible if enrolled in a degree for initial registration in a National Priority discipline.

Note: Students are to provide evidence of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status to UNE by submitting a ‘Confirmation of Aboriginality’ document (or ‘Confirmation of Aboriginality and/or Torres Strait Islander Status’ document) to the Scholarships Team in Student Central at scholarships@une.edu.au

Please provide the following documents:

  1. A Statutory Declaration completed and signed by the student and witnessed by a JP, declaring that he/she identifies as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander AND
  2. A letter, on the official letterhead of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incorporated organisation in a community in which the student lives or has previously lived and signed by the Chairperson.

* An Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Incorporated body includes all Land Councils and Aboriginal Medical Services as well as any organisation listed with the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC).

If a student is in receipt of the Residential Costs Option (RCO) under the ABSTUDY Scheme from Centrelink, the student is not eligible to receive an Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (ICAS). Please advise Centrelink if you receive both in error, otherwise you will get an ABSTUDY debt.

Apply online at www.uac.edu.au. Only one application required to be considered for one or more of these Commonwealth Equity scholarships.

How to accept a Commonwealth Scholarship Offer from UAC

If you are successful of an offer of a Commonwealth Scholarship through UAC, UNE will send you an offer form to your UNE email address to complete and return along with your most current income support  payment documentation (e.g. Centrelink Statement) a short time after UAC release the offers.

By accepting the offer of a Commonwealth Scholarship the recipient may:

  • be required to inform any of the following persons of the receipt of the scholarship, depending on his or her personal circumstances:
    • an employee of the Human Services Department;
    • an employee of the Department administered by the Minister administering section 258 of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004; and
    • an employee of the Department administered by the Minister administering the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986;
  • not qualify for certain other forms of Commonwealth assistance.

The offer is conditional upon your full time enrolment (three or four units per Trimester) in Trimester One and Trimester Two at the University of New England.

In order to retain your Scholarship you must maintain a GPA of at least 4.00 in Trimester One and Trimester Two. If in the 1st Trimester of your Scholarship NO units are passed the Scholarship will be withdrawn.  A recipient will receive only ONE warning if they fail to meet the GPA of at least 4.00 for a Trimester.

Please read the information on Start-Up Loans on the Australian Government Department of Human Services web site before accepting the Commonwealth Scholarship offered to you.

Aboriginal Education Council (NSW) Ltd Scholarships

Margaret Ida Howie Fund
Closing Date: 31 May 2016

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are undertaking full-time tertiary study in NSW institutions. Awards offered for university students are:

* Margaret Ida Howie Course Assistance Fund (up to $1,000) to assist with attending a conference or accessing resources required to complete the course of study (open to students in tertiary preparation courses, undergraduate and postgraduate courses)
* Margaret Ida Howie Scholarship (4 offered, $5,000 each) for an approved course of study at a NSW university (open to students in undergraduate and postgraduate courses).

Applications are assessed on financial need and single women with children are a priority.

Application and information for the Margaret Ida Howie Fund.

Alan Duncan Scholarship
Closing Date: 30 June 2016

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men undertaking tertiary study in NSW. Awards offered for university students are:

* Alan Duncan Course Assistance Fund (up to $1,000) to assist with attending a conference or accessing resources required to complete the course of study (open to students in tertiary preparation courses, undergraduate and postgraduate courses)
* Alan Duncan Scholarship (4 offered, $5,000 each) for an approved course of study at a NSW university (open to students in undergraduate and postgraduate courses).

Applications are assessed on financial need and single men with children are a priority.

Application and information for the Alan Duncan Scholarship.

Freddy Fricke Scholarship

Next Closing Date: Currently Closed - Applications for the program will reopen in 2016

The Scholarship Program offers financial assistance to Aboriginal students to undertake study in a discipline with a University. The program provides financial assistance through the provision of a one-off payment for scholarship holders to purchase text books, pay enrolment fees and/or HECS fees and other approved course related expenses.

What are the Scholarships for?

The NSWALC Freddy Fricke Scholarships are offered to Aboriginal students who aspire to further their studies at a University.

Who can qualify to be awarded a Scholarship?

There are two categories of Scholarships being offered:

  • Category 1 - Scholarship for Aboriginal students who are enrolled in a Degree Course;
  • Category 2 - Scholarship for Aboriginal students who are enrolled in a Post Graduate Course.

To be eligible for a Scholarship an applicant must:

  • be Aboriginal as defined in Section 4 (1) Part 1 of the NSW Aboriginal Land
    Rights Act 1983 be residing permanently in New South Wales;
  • a member of a Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC);
  • Confirmation of LALC membership must be provided.

Application form and information available for the ALC website.

Fulbright Scholarship

Fulbright Postgraduate Indigenous Scholarship
Applications open 1 May to 1 August 2016

Open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in any field of study, valued at up to AUD$40,000. For Postgraduates the scholarship is for 8-10 month program of research or study in USA, towards either an Australian higher degree or enrolment in a U.S. higher degree. Visa assistance, orientation and support are included in the scholarship program.

For more information visit the Fulbright website.

Education Scholarships

NSW DET 2016 Teacher Education Scholarship Program

‘NSW DET 2016 Teacher Education Scholarship Program’

Next Closing Date: To be advised

The NSW Department of Education offers scholarships for students entering or continuing undergraduate or approved postgraduate Teacher Education degrees in NSW or ACT tertiary institutions – 80 of these will be offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in primary teaching or secondary teaching (any subject area). Relevant undergraduate degrees include Bachelor of Education or double degree in teacher education; relevant postgraduate degrees include initial postgrad teacher education programs such as Graduate Diploma in Education, graduate entry Bachelor of Teaching or Master of Teaching. The Scholarship covers training allowance of up to $5,000 per year based on full course load of 8 units per year, plus other benefits; scholarships can be for up to 5 years in length. After graduation teaching students can also be eligible for HECS-HELP benefit and on appointment to a NSW public school a grant of $3,000 is paid to assist with costs such as relocation.

Criteria and application packages available from the DEC website.

NSW Teachers Federation Future Teacher Scholarships 2016

‘NSW Teachers Federation Future Teacher Scholarships 2016’
Next Closing Date: To be advised

Fourteen scholarships of $4,000 each offered by NSW Teachers Federation, including scholarships allocated for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander trainee teachers. Applicants must be studying undergraduate Teacher Education degree at a tertiary institution and have completed Year 12 or equivalent at a public school or TAFE college in NSW. Duration of scholarship is one year. Applicants need to have student membership of NSW Teachers Federation and intend to teach in NSW public schools after completing degree.

Criteria and application packages are available from the NSW Teachers Federation website.

Health, Nursing, Medicine and Pharmacy Scholarships

NSW Health 2017 Aboriginal Undergraduate Scholarship

NSW Health 2017 Aboriginal Undergraduate Scholarship
Next Closing Date: To be advised

NSW Health scholarships for Aboriginal students undertaking Bachelor of Nursing or Midwifery degrees at University, applicants must reside in NSW and must not be holding NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship. Scholarships of up to $1,000 per unit of study for one year of full-time or part-time study (to maximum of $8,000 per year for full-time), successful applicants can reapply to renew the scholarship for each year of study (to maximum of 6 years for part-time).

Application forms available from the NSW Health website.

NSW Health Aboriginal Post Enrolment Scholarship

‘NSW Health Aboriginal Post Enrolment Scholarship’
Next Closing Date: To be advised

NSW Health Scholarships for Enrolled Nurses undertaking post-enrolment Nursing studies accredited by VETAB, applicants must reside in NSW or ACT and be enrolled with Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia. Scholarships are valued up to $1,000. Applicants must be working full-time or part-time in NSW.

Application forms available from the NSW Health website.

NSW Health Aboriginal Postgraduate Scholarship

NSW Health Aboriginal Postgraduate Scholarship
Next Closing Date: To be advised

NSW Health offer postgraduate scholarships of up to $15,000 for Aboriginal nurses and midwives, to assist with educational expenses directly associated with postgraduate study.

Application forms available from the NSW Health website.

Australian College of Nursing - The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme

Australian College of Nursing - The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme
Next Closing Date: Applications to open August-September 2016

Scholarships offered for up to $15,000 p.a. over usual duration of course, to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students commencing or continuing full-time or part-time in Health courses at approved Australian educational institutions (for university study at undergraduate or graduate entry level, or TAFE study at Cert IV and above). Disciplines include Aboriginal Health Worker, Allied Health (excluding Pharmacy), Dentistry/Oral Health, Medicine, Midwifery or Nursing). Scholarship value is $15,000 per year for full-time or $7,500 for part-time study.

Application packages will be available at: www.acn.edu.au/phmss

AMA Indigenous Peoples' Medical Scholarship

‘AMA Indigenous Peoples' Medical Scholarship’
Next Closing Date: To be advised

Scholarship for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in Medicine. The value of the Scholarship in 2016 will be $10,000 per annum, paid in a lump sum.

Application package is available from www.ama.com.au

Australian Rotary Health - Indigenous Health Scholarship

Australian Rotary Health - Indigenous Health Scholarship
Next Closing Date: To be advised

Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in approved Medical or Health related degrees; preference given to applicants gaining their first tertiary qualification who have successfully completed at least 2 years of a current Medical degree or at least 1 year of an approved Health degree. Scholarship valued at $5,000 per year ($2,500 per semester).

Application packages available at australianrotaryhealth.org.au/programs/

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme
Now Open for Applications

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is offering 3 scholarships for full-time Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students to study Pharmacy at University, in undergraduate or graduate degrees that lead to qualifications for registration as a Pharmacist. Applicants must have membership of the student Rural Health Club or the University’s affiliate Rural Health Club. Scholarships are valued at $15,000 per year for maximum of 4 years, open to applicants in any year of study, preference to applicants from rural or remote areas.

Guidelines and application packages available at www.guild.org.au

The House Call Doctor Futures in Health Indigenous Scholarship

The House Call Doctor Futures in Health Indigenous Scholarship is for $10,000 and will be awarded to an eligible Indigenous student, with these funds contributing to their tuition fees and personal learning expenses.

Applicants should have demonstrated exceptional academic performance, but also displayed a commitment to their local community and personal development.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for The House Call Doctor Futures in Health Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Identify as Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander
  • Be an undergraduate or postgraduate student studying a health / medical field at an Australian university
  • Be entering at least the 2nd year of study in 2018
  • Be able to provide written documentation where required, such as a Statutory Declaration.

What is the selection criteria?

The House Call Doctor Futures in Health Scholarship will be awarded to an Indigenous student who has displayed academic excellence, along with a personal commitment to their community and personal development. To satisfy the selection criteria, every applicant must complete an Application Form and answer the questions outlined.

The House Call Doctor Futures in Health Scholarship will be awarded by an in-house Selection Committee, which maintains absolute discretion over this process and outcome. The Selection Committee will be comprised of (but not limited to) the House Call Doctor CEO, Chairman, Medical Directory and other external advisers. The decision of this Selection Committee is final and further correspondence will not be entered into. Students will be asked to answer the following:

  1. Please outline your academic or career achievements to date. You may also wish to describe your future academic and career aspirations.
  2. Please describe your involvement in community events, organisations or campaigns. You may also wish to highlight leadership roles that you have taken on within your community.
  3. Please describe how The House Call Doctor Futures in Health Scholarship will impact your studies, or assist with your future career goals and aspirations.

How to apply

Law Scholarships

The John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship

The John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship
Next Closing Date: To be advised

Scholarship offered by The Law Council of Australia for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people studying (part-time or full-time) in an approved course to gain admission as a legal practitioner in any Australian jurisdiction. Approved degrees include Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor. Valued at $5,500 for full-time study or pro rata for part-time study. Awarded for the full duration of the Laws degree, subject to review at the end of each academic year. The scholarship will not be awarded to an applicant who already holds any other Australian bursary or scholarship.

Application packages available from The Law Council of Australia website

Political Science Scholarships

The Neville Bonner Memorial Scholarship

The Neville Bonner Memorial Scholarship
Next Closing Date: To be advised

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who will study Honours or combined Honours in Political Science or related subjects at an Australian university. For full-time study, or part-time if approved by the Selection Committee, value of scholarship approx. $26,000 for one year full-time study, or pro rata over two years for approved part-time study, plus payment of student contribution fees for the Honours year.

Application package available from the ANU website.

UNE Scholarships

NOTE

  • UNE residential scholarships are not awarded to applicants receiving any other UNE scholarships
  • Undergraduate scholarship holders may not hold more than one UNE scholarship if the combined value is greater than six thousand dollars ($6,000) per annum
Ella Schroder Indigenous Residential Scholarship

Now Closed

Please note:The recipient will commence full-time, on-campus studies at the University of New England in an undergraduate degree program the year following application.

Open to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who qualify for admission to undergraduate course and who will live in a UNE Residential College for a minimum of 2 years. Applicants must also have completed high school while living in boarding school, come from a rural area and show financial need. Scholarship value is annual accommodation cost to maximum of $10,000, for full-time on campus students. The recipient is required to make regular contact with Oorala Aboriginal Centre and must not be in receipt of any other scholarship.

More information about the Ella Schroder Indigenous Residential Scholarship.

Hunter New England Population Health Aboriginal Nursing Scholarship

Now Closed

Please note:The recipients of the Hunter New England Population Health Aboriginal Nursing Scholarship will be an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student who will commence or continue full-time, on-campus studies in Nursing at the University of New England in the year following application.

Eligibility criteria

The applicant must:

  • Be an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student
  • Enrolled in a Nursing degree at the University of New England
  • Prove financial need, and
  • Must be registered with Oorala Aboriginal Centre at UNE for student  support (continuing students only).

Selection criteria

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit as indicated by recent academic records.

The Undergraduate Scholarships Committee will also consider:

  • involvement and leadership in school and community activities;
  • and commitment to the proposed course.

More information Hunter New England Population Health Aboriginal Nursing Scholarship.

Max Schroder SportUNE Scholarship

Now Closed

The recipient will commence on-campus or off-campus studies at the University of New England in an undergraduate course in the year following application. Open to school leavers and gap year students who are Indigenous Australian and qualify for admission to undergraduate study. Applicants must also demonstrate sporting achievements at high level and financial disadvantage.

More information on sporting scholarships.

Max Schroder UNE Scholarship

Now Closed

Please note: The recipient of the Max Schroder UNE Scholarship will be an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student who will commence, or continue, full-time, on-campus studies at the University of New England in an undergraduate degree program the year following application.

There are two scholarships for Teaching / and two for any other discipline. Applicants must come from rural area, show financial need and make regular contact with Oorala Aboriginal Centre. For full-time on campus study for up to 4 years, valued at $6,000 per year which is paid direct to the student’s residential fee account. The scholarship is for living on campus in UNE residential college and the applicant must not be in receipt of any other UNE scholarship.

More information about the Max Schroder UNE Scholarship.

You may also be eligible for other UNE Scholarships and other scholarships offered by Government, industry, and other organisations on the Aspirational Initiative website.

For more information contact Oorala Aboriginal Centre on 02 6773 3034.