Defence Scholarship for Indigenous Students in STEM

This scholarship is provided by the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who would like to explore career opportunities within the Defence Science and Technology sector and contribute to Defence initiatives across Australia.

If you are enrolling in your second year of an undergraduate degree and intend on enrolling in a Master of Engineering, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Applications open

18 Aug 2020

Last day for applications

30 Sep 2020
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Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Bi-annual payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $40,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be a student of Indigenous Australia descent;
    • be enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedicine, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Design, and undertaking a major in Engineering Systems;
    • have completed or are due to complete between 100 - 150 points in their undergraduate degree and achieved a Weighted Average Mark of at least 75;
    • have an interest in defence science and/or engineering, and
    • intend to undertake the Master of Engineering.

    Selection criteria

    This scholarship is offered to candidates based on academic merit and the quality of their application, including demonstrated interest in a career in Defence, community leadership and involvement with extra-curricular.


    This scholarship is subject to the Coursework Scholarship Terms & Conditions. In addition, the scholarship will be suspended or ceased if you do not maintain an average result of at least 75 in the program of study in each semester of enrolment, or you do not apply for and enrol in the Master of Engineering immediately after completing your undergraduate degree.

  • Application process
  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be notified of the outcome by email in October 2020. Reasons for non-selection and feedback on individual applications will not be provided.

  • About the donor

    Defence Science and Technology Group

    Defence Science and Technology is part of Australia's Department of Defence and is the second largest public-funded R&D organisation in Australia. Through innovative and impartial research, DST has enhanced Defence capability and supported operations for over 100 years.

    DST also plays a leading role in developing a strong narrative on inclusion across the Department of Defence.  Therefore, it strives to build a diverse workforce with an inclusive culture, to continue to create harmonious community engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and aims to be a professional organisation that is considered an employer of choice.

    For further information, visit the DST Group website.

What are the benefits?

  • An allowance of $10,000 per year for up to 4 years (2 years Bachelor degree and 2 years Master of Engineering). The allowance is paid in instalments in April and September of each year.
  • Access to mentoring from DST and the opportunity to apply for the DST cadetship/internship program.
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