Harold Mackrell Indigenous Student Scholarship

This scholarship was established with a donation from Harold George Mackrell and is offered to Indigenous Australian students to assist with their living and studying expenses.

Applications open

1 Jan 2020

Applications closed

8 Mar 2020

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Bi-annual payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $15,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 3

  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander decent, identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and be accepted as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander by the community in which they live, or formerly lived.
    • be enrolled in a course at the University of Melbourne
    • have met the conditions of any Indigenous Bursaries awarded to you previously (such as submission of scholarship reports)

    The status of indigenous Australians must be confirmed by the Murrup Barak Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development.

    Selection criteria

    Eligible students are selected on the basis of financial need, academic merit and other scholarships awarded to the applicant.


    • You must be enrolled in a course at the University of Melbourne.
    • This scholarship cannot be deferred.
    • You may be eligible to receive this scholarship while enrolled as a part-time student.
    • You must provide a Scholarship report by 31 July of each year that you receive the scholarship. The report may be made available to the donor of the Scholarship.
    • You must acknowledge the support of the Scholarship in any publication, advertisement, lecture, seminar, workshop, performance or exhibition issuing from the scholarship.
  • Application process

    Submit an online Student Financial Assessment form by the closing date. With this application you will be considered for all Indigenous Bursaries.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    All applicants are notified of the outcome within 6 weeks of the relevant closing date.

  • Variations of this award
  • About the donor

    Harold George Mackrell

    Harold George Mackrell, who died on 1 April 2012 at the age of 88, was a long-time campaigner for social justice. He was born and raised in North Fitzroy, and he served in the Second World War as an army medic. On his return to Australia he studied Science at the University and worked for the Australian Taxation Office until he retired in 1984. Harold was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday honours in 2002 for service to the community of Fitzroy, particularly through the provision of welfare services to aged and disadvantaged people, and to overseas students through the provision of support services. Harold bequeathed a sum to the University of Melbourne to assist Australian Indigenous students with their living and studying expenses.

    Read more about Harold George Mackrell

What are the benefits?

The scholarship provides an allowance of approximately $15,000 (exact amount determined when award is offered) paid in two instalments usually in April and September.

The information listed here is subject to change without notice. Where we have listed information about jointly run scholarships programs, please also see our partners' websites. Information describing the number and value of scholarships awarded is indicative.