Scholarships for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Students

Browse this page to view annual scholarships offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

UNE Scholarships

Marked by * at the end of the scholarship title

  • 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

Commencing Indigenous Student

There are a number of scholarships available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to assist with their Residential costs or Academic costs who are preparing for or commencing their Bachelor degree studies at UNE.
Please read the Terms and Conditions for each scholarship.

Residential ScholarshipsValueStatusClosing
Ella Schroder Indigenous Residential Scholarship *
Commencing an Undergraduate Course (F/T)
$10,000 CLOSED

1 Jan 2019

Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship *
Tertiary Preparation Course F/T)
$5456 OPENongoing
Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship *
Undergraduate Course (F/T)
$5456 OPENongoing
Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship *
Undergraduate Course (P/T)
$2728 OPEN

ongoing

Academic ScholarshipsValueStatusClosing
Alan Duncan Memorial Course Assistance Fund
Undergraduate Course (men only - F/T)
$1,000 OPEN30 June 2019

Alan Duncan Memorial  Fund
Undergraduate Course (men only - F/T)

$5,000 OPEN30 June 2019
Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship *
Tertiary Preparation Course (F/T)
$2,727 OPENONGOING
Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship *
Undergraduate Course (F/T)
$2,727 OPENONGOING

Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship *
Undergraduate Course (P/T)

$1,363.50 OPENONGOING

Margaret Ida Howie Course Assistance Fund
Undergraduate Course (women only - F/T)

$1,000 OPEN31 May 2019
Margaret Ida Howie Fund
Undergraduate Course (women only - F/T)
$5,000 OPEN31 May 2019
Max Schroder UNE Scholarship * $6,000 CLOSED 
Max Schroder UNE Indigenous Mentoring Scholarship * up to $8,000 CLOSED 
NSW Health Aboriginal Undergraduate Scholarship (F/T) up to $8,000 OPEN 
Oorala Study Support Scholarship up to $3,000 OPENONGOING
Oorala Disability Study Support Scholarship $500 OPENONGOING
UNE Indigenous Medical Scholarship $30,000 OPEN14 June 2019
Sports ScholarshipsValueStatusClosing
Max Schroder SportsUNE Scholarship * $3,000 CLOSED
Current Indigenous Student

There are a number of scholarships available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to assist with their residential costs who are continuing their Bachelor degree studies at UNE.

Please read the Terms and Conditions for each scholarship.

Residential ScholarshipsValueStatusClosing
Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship *
Undergraduate Course (full time)
$5456 OPENongoing
Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship *
Undergraduate Course (part time)
$2728 OPENongoing

There are a number of scholarships available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to assist with their academic costs who are continuing their Bachelor degree studies at UNE.

Please read the Terms and Conditions for each scholarship.

Academic ScholarshipsValueStatusClosing
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme (F/T) $15,000 OPEN TBC
Alan Duncan Memorial Course Assistance Fund (men only - F/T) $1,000 OPEN 30 June 2019
Alan Duncan Memorial Fund (men only - F/T) $5,000 OPEN 30 June 2019
Australian College of Nursing - The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme (F/T) $15,000 OPEN ONGOING
Australian College of Nursing - The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme (P/T) $7,500 OPEN ONGOING
Australian Rotary Health - Indigenous Health Scholarship$5,000 OPEN Feb 22 2019
Bullivants Indigenous Scholarship for Engineering Students$10,000 annually OPEN Feb 8 2019
Essential Energy ATSI Scholarship * (F/T) $10,000 CLOSED TBC
Freddy Fricke Scholarship $5,000 ON HOLD  
Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship * (F/T) $2,727 OPEN ONGOING
Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship * (P/T) $1,363.50 OPEN ONGOING
Lorna Earl & William Woodbery (LEWW) Scholarship Program$15,000 OPEN 22 Feb 2019
Margaret Ida Howie Fund  (women only - F/T) $1,000 OPEN 31 May 2019
Margaret Ida Howie Fund Undergraduate Course (women only - F/T)) $5,000 OPEN 31 May 2019
Max Shroder Scholarship *$6,000 CLOSED 6 Jan 2019
Max Schroder UNE Male Indigenous Mentoring Scholarship * up to $8,000 CLOSED 6 Jan 2019
NSW DET 2018 Teacher Education Scholarship Program $5,000 OPENTBC
NSW Health Aboriginal Post Enrolment Scholarship $1,000 OPENONGOING
NSW Health Aboriginal Undergraduate Scholarship (F/T) up to $8,000 OPEN 21 Jan 2019 15 Feb 2019
NSW Teachers Federation Future Teacher Scholarships $4,000 CLOSED TBC
Oorala Merit Prize (F/T - P/T) $1,000OPENONGOING
Oorala Study Support Scholarship (F/T - P/T) $1,250OPENONGOING
Oorala Disability Study Support Scholarship (F/T - P/T) $500OPENONGOING
The House Call Doctor Futures in Health Indigenous Scholarship $5,000 OPEN31 Jan 2019
The John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship $5,500 CLOSEDTBC
Postgraduate and Research

There are a number of scholarships available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to assist with their costs who are doing Postgraduate or Higher Degree Research studies at UNE.

Please read the Terms and Conditions for each scholarship.

Post Graduate or HDR ScholarshipsValueStatusClosing
Australian Indigenous Higher Degree Research Scholarships * $27,082 CLOSED 31 Dec 2108
Freddy Fricke Scholarship $5,000 ON HOLD  
Fulbright Postgraduate Indigenous Scholarship (USA related study) $40,000 OPEN 15 Jul 2019
NSW DET 2018 Teacher Education Scholarship Program $5,000 OPEN 
NSW Health Aboriginal Postgraduate Scholarship $15,000 OPEN 21 Jan 2019 15 Feb 2019
South Australian Research and Development Institute Science Bursary $1,500 ONGOING 1 Mar 2019
The Neville Bonner Memorial Scholarship $26,000 OPEN 31 Jan 2019
UNE Indigenous Researcher Seed Grant Program * $4,000 CLOSED  
Youth At-Risk Research Network (YARRN) * $30,000 PA OPEN 31 Jul 2019

New Scholarships

We are committed to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with scholarships to help achieve their goals. As part of this commitment the Oorala Aboriginal Centre has put together two new initiatives: the Oorala Study Support Scholarships and the Oorala Merit Prize. This includes over 100 individual scholarship opportunities.

Three students at the Oorala CentreOorala Merit Prize

for Undergraduate and Enabling Course Students

The Oorala Merit Prize is designed to recognise high-performing Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students' success.

The prizes for undergraduate students will be awarded annually to three students from each Faculty who have completed a minimum of 72 credit points. Additionally, one TRACKS student and one student in the Pathway Enabling Program, who have successfully completed their course, and are currently enrolled in an undergraduate unit of study at UNE, will be considered for a Merit Prize.

The prizes will be awarded to students with the highest course grade point average (GPA) at the time of selection.
The Merit Prize is a one-off prize awarded once throughout your studies at UNE.

Oorala Study Support Scholarships

for Commencing and Continuing Students, and Students with a Disability

Another new initiative, the Oorala Study Support Scholarships, is an exciting new suite of scholarships designed to kick start your student experience at UNE, to enhance your on-line study experience and provide assistance throughout your university journey. The scholarships are aimed at:

The Oorala Centre has led the development of these new scholarships in cooperation with Dixson Library, UNE IT-Services, Dell and the UNE Special Needs Unit.

Scholarship recipients must be Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in a UNE undergraduate or enabling course, who can demonstrate financial need and meet other eligibility criteria. Priority will be given to students from Regional and Remote locations, but we encourage all students to apply.


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 or freecall 1800 622 384