Collette Tayler Indigenous Education Scholarship

This scholarship for high-achieving Indigenous students is open to commencing first-year Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) and (Early Childhood and Primary) students and students undertaking research involving Indigenous young children and families in the field of early childhood education. Please note that this scholarship is not available for the 2021 intake. The scholarship will next be available for the 2022 intake with applications opening 1 October, 2021.

Applications open

1 Oct 2021

Last day for applications

30 Nov 2021
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Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $12,000

Applicable study areas

Education, teaching and training

Number of scholarships awarded

At least 1

  • Cristina Guarrella, Student, Doctor of Philosophy (Education)
    "Scholarship funding has also enabled me to present initial research findings from my PhD at national and international conferences. Exchanging ideas and receiving feedback on my work has allowed me to explore and apply new perspectives to my PhD research. It has also allowed me to establish myself within early childhood science education research networks."
    Read Cristina's story
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be an Indigenous Australian*
    • have enrolled, or intend to enrol in the 2022 intake of the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) or (Early Childhood and Primary) with a preference for female students.

    If no such eligible candidates exist in any given year, or where sufficient funds allow, then the scholarship may also support research involving Indigenous young children and families in the field of early childhood education at the University of Melbourne.

    *Australian citizen of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. The status of Indigenous Australians must be confirmed by Murrup Barak Melbourne's Institute for Indigenous Development.

  • Application process

    Submit an online application.  The application form will be available when the scholarship opens on 1 October, 2021.

    For any questions regarding this scholarship please contact:

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  • When will I know the outcome?

    The offer will be made by February 2022.

  • About the donor

    Professor Collette Tayler

    Through this gift Professor Emeritus Collette Tayler wished to recognise Indigenous Australians, and to support students in endeavours that promote excellent teaching of young Indigenous children, educational leadership and close collaboration with Indigenous leaders and/or communities. It is hoped that the gift can assist eligible students to research and develop educational experiences for young Indigenous children and their families. Advancing reconciliation, building understanding, and promoting the wellbeing of young Indigenous Australians is an overarching idea behind this gift.

    The University of Melbourne produced a tribute video for Professor Tayler.

    Read more about Professor Collette Tayler

What are the benefits?

$6,000 per year over the two-year duration of the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) or (Early Childhood and Primary), based on full-time enrollment or up to $6,000 per year for up to two years of a research degree.

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