Indigenous Futures Scholars Award

The Indigenous Futures Scholars Award aims to encourage Indigenous Australians enrolled or enrolling in a Masters program in the Faculty of Arts, with an ambition to contribute to the mental and social wellbeing of Indigenous communities.

Applications open

5 Jun 2023

Applications closed

6 Aug 2023

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Annual payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $20,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 2

  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be a student of Indigenous descent enrolled or enrolling in a Masters program within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne.

    Selection criteria

    • students will be required to submit a 500-word statement of intent outlining  their current studies and future ambitions to contribute to the mental and social well-being of Indigenous communities;
    • students meeting the eligibility criteria will be invited to an interview; and
    • students will then be ranked according to their performance at the interview.
  • Application process

    Complete an online application form and include:

    • a 500 word statement of intent outlining your current studies and future ambitions to contribute to the mental and social wellbeing of Indigenous communities;
    • at least one academic reference;
    • a copy of your academic record; and,
    • any other information to support the application that may assist the committee in making its decision.

    Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    The successful applicants will be notified via email.

  • About the donor

    The Psyche Foundation

    These awards stem from a generous gift from the Psyche Foundation. The Psyche Foundation is a Melbourne-based charity founded in 2019, established to fund mental health research, treatment and education. The Foundation’s mission is to improve the mental health of the population by supporting innovative and effective initiatives with responsive and experimental approaches. The Foundation is committed to improving accessibility of cutting-edge treatment approaches and promote social equity in access to mental health services.

What are the benefits?

One time payment of $10,000.

Recipients are required to:

  • accept award online within 21 days; and,
  • provide an annual report detailing the expenditure of the scholarship funds and the benefit the scholarship has had on their studies.


For any further enquiries:

For complete listings of faculty-specific scholarships, please see individual faculty websites.

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.