Neville Bonner Memorial Scholarships

Established in the year 2000 by the federal government, the Neville Bonner Memorial Scholarship is Australia's most prestigious scholarship for Indigenous Australians to study Honours in Political Science (or related subjects) at any recognised Australian university.

Applications open

16 Oct 2019

Applications closed

31 Jan 2020

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $28,000

Applicable study areas

Historical, philosophical, political and social studies; Language, literature and cultural studies; Law, legal studies and criminology

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • Be Indigenous Australians of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and are accepted as such by the Indigenous Australian community in which they live or have lived;
    • Be Australian citizens; and
    • Be currently enrolled (or have been enrolled) in a course of study leading to the award of a Degree of Bachelor with majors relevant to the enrolment in an Honours year in politics or political science (or related subjects) at a recognised Australian university.

    Acceptance into the Honours program at the relevant university is a prerequisite for the confirmation of the award of the Scholarship. Candidates must also have been offered a place in Honours in 2020 or have good reason to believe they will be offered a place.  An applicant who is not currently a student of the University at which he or she wishes to undertake the Honours program must apply separately and concurrently for admission to that university.

    For further information regarding eligibility refer to Neville Bonner Memorial Scholarship website.

    Selection criteria

    The Selection Committee will take into account the academic achievement of the student, the suitability of the applicant for an Honours year of study as assessed by the referees, the relevance of the proposed Honours research project to the Scholarship objectives, the student's aspirations including expressed interest in service to the Indigenous community, and other criteria as included from time to time by the Selection Committee.

    There are no interviews conducted for this scholarship. Selection is based on the information provided in the Application and supporting documentation (including University transcripts) and the referee reports.

  • Application process

    Application Forms and application information are available at the Neville Bonner Memorial Scholarship website.

    Completed Application Forms can be emailed to the Senior Scholarships Officer (Philanthropic):

What are the benefits?

The scholarship is equivalent in value to the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship Stipend in the year of award, paid over the period of the scholarship, which is two consecutive academic semesters of full-time study (or pro rata over two years for approved part-time study).

In 2020 the scholarship is valued at approximately $28,092. The scholarship also includes up front payments of the student contribution amounts relevant to the Honours year of study.

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