Indigenous Bursaries

A suite of bursaries for Indigenous Australian students.

Applications open

1 Jan 2023

Applications closed

8 Mar 2023

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


    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 applicants are selected on the basis of the specific purpose of the scholarship, 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.

  • 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

    Arno Herpe Memorial Scholarship

    For coursework or research students. Preference is given to students enrolled in the Melbourne School of Engineering.

    Bruce C Hartnett Bursary

    For coursework or research students.

    Edward J Darbyshire Scholarship

    For undergraduate students.

    Harold Mackrell Indigenous Student Scholarship

    For coursework or research students.

    Isabella Ina Oldham Scholarship

    For coursework or research students.

    Rotary District 9800 Aboriginal Vocation Bursary

    For undergraduate and graduate coursework students.

    Indigenous Science Bursary

    For students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science (Extended).

    Lois Woodward Scholarship for Indigenous Australians

    For mature-age, female students.

    Truganini Scholarship

    For coursework or research students.

    Vera Mert-Ilijin Scholarship

    For female students.

    Harold Allan Webster Scholarship

    For students who a living at a University of Melbourne Residential College.

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.

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.