Indigenous Bursaries

A range of scholarships for Indigenous Australian students, with benefits ranging from $750 to $15,000.

Applications open

1 Jan 2020

Last day for applications learn more

10 Mar 2020

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

$750 - $15,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 25

  • Eligibility & selection criteria

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be an Indigenous Australian or a descendant from people indigenous to the South Pacific, including New Zealand and Australia
    • 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 applicants are selected on the basis of the specific purpose of the scholarship, financial need, academic merit and other scholarships awarded to the applicant.

    Conditions

    • 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.

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  • When will I know the outcome?

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

  • Variations of this scholarship

    Arno Herpe Memorial Scholarship

    Established by a bequest from Arno Herpe, this scholarship is offered to descendants from people indigenous to the South Pacific, including New Zealand and Australia. Preference is given to students enrolled in the Melbourne School of Engineering. The scholarship provides an annual allowance of approximately $4,000 paid in half-yearly instalments for the full-time duration of the recipient’s course.

    Bruce C Hartnett Bursary

    Established by a donation from Bruce Harnett and Louise Einfield and friends, this bursary is offered to coursework or research students. The bursary provides a one off payment of approximately $750.

    Edward J Darbyshire Scholarship

    Established by a bequest from Edward J Darbyshire, this scholarship is offered to Indigenous Australian students enrolled in an undergraduate degree course. The scholarship provides an annual allowance of approximately $4,000 paid in half-yearly instalments for the full-time duration of the recipient’s course.

    Harold Mackrell Indigenous Student Scholarship

    Established in 2012 by a bequest from Harold George Mackrell, this scholarship is offered to coursework or research students and provides an allowance of approximately $15,000 paid in half-yearly instalments.

    Isabella Ina Oldham Scholarship

    Established in 1984 by a bequest from Isabella Ina Oldham, this scholarship is offered to coursework or research students and provides an allowance of approximately $2,500 paid in half-yearly instalments.

    Rotary District 9800 Aboriginal Vocation Bursary

    Established in 1990 by donations from Rotary District 9800, this bursary is offered to undergraduate and graduate coursework students and provides an allowance of approximately $3,500 paid in half-yearly instalments.

    Indigenous Science Bursary

    This bursary is offered to students in financial need who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science (Extended) and provides an one-off allowance of approximately $2,500 paid in half-yearly instalments.

    Lois Woodward Scholarship for Indigenous Australians

    Established by Sir Edward Woodward and Lady Lois Woodward, this scholarship is offered to mature-age, female indigenous Australian students and provides an annual allowance of approximately $2,000 paid in half-yearly instalments for the full-time duration of the recipient’s course.

    Truganini Scholarship

    Established by a donation from Gweneth Wisewould, this scholarship is offered to coursework and research students and provides a living allowance of approximately $3,500.

    Vera Mert-Ilijin Scholarship

    Established in 2018 by a bequest from Vera Mert-Ilijin, this scholarship is offered to a female student and provides an one-off allowance of approximately $2,800 paid in half-yearly instalments.

    Harold Allan Webster Scholarship

    Established with a donation from Harold Allan Webster and is offered to Indigenous Australian students to assist with the cost of living and study, provides an one-off allowance of approximately $8,630 paid in half-yearly instalments.

What are the benefits?

Between $750 and $15,000, depending on the specific scholarship.

The value of the scholarships vary depending on the income of the trust and will be confirmed at the time of awarding.

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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.