Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships

These scholarships are provided by the Australian Government and available to students of Australian Indigenous descent. The Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICES) is awarded to assist with education, teaching and training costs and the Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (ICAS) is awarded to assist with relocation and/or accommodation costs.

Application type

No application is required. You will be automatically considered for this award.

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

$8,000 - $28,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 50

  • Eligibility & selection criteria

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be Australian citizen of Australian Indigenous descent
    • have completed Year 12 or International Baccalaureate in Australia
    • not have been awarded results for subjects undertaken as part of a degree course at a tertiary institution in Australia
    • have applied for a University of Melbourne undergraduate degree via VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) for commencement in the year following completion of Year 12 or International Baccalaureate
    • meet the entry requirements for the University of Melbourne course nominated in your VTAC application.

    Selection criteria

    Where the number of eligible students exceeds the number of ICECS and ICAS available, preference is given to students from remote or regional areas and student who are financially disadvantaged.

    Conditions

    The Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships are subject to the Coursework Scholarships Terms & Conditions and can be deferred to the following academic year.

    You cannot be awarded an Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship if you are in receipt of other Commonwealth assistance given for the same purpose.

  • Application process

    Students who have applied for Access Melbourne using the VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) will be automatically considered for the Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships and will be invited to submit an additional online form to confirm additional eligibility requirements.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    All applicants will be notified of the outcome via email in February.

  • Variations of this scholarship

    The Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships consist of:

    • Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICES) to assist students with education, teaching and training costs.
    • Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (ICAS) to assist with relocation and/or accommodation costs.

What are the benefits?

The Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS) scholarship provides an allowance of $3,000 per year for up to four years.

The Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (ICAS) provides an allowance of either:

  • $2,000 per year for up to four years for students who will relocate to Melbourne from within Victoria
  • $4,000 per year for up to four years for student who will relocate to Melbourne from outside Victoria

The scholarships may be held concurrently.

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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.