Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

University of Sydney Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships

External Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders


University of Sydney Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entry Scholarship


For: Students of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent who have obtained an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) in the NSW Higher School Certificate (or equivalent) of 85.0 or above and who are commencing the first year of an undergraduate award course at The University of Sydney through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

A confirmed offer of a scholarship must be taken up by enrolment in the first year of the nominated degree or combined degree program in the year for which the offer is made. The Scholarship may be deferred for up to one year.

Value: $10,000 tenable for one year only paid in semesterly instalments subject to enrolment.

No application required

University of Sydney Indigenous Progress Award

For: Students of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent who have completed all attempted units of study with an Annual Average Mark (AAM) of 65.0 or higher in the previous academic year and have confirmed enrolment at the census date (31 March) in the year of award.

Value: $2,000

No application required

University of Sydney International Exchange Scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

For: Eligible students who are undertaking undergraduate or postgraduate study at the University of Sydney.

Applicants must be accepted into the International Exchange Program through the International Office of the University of Sydney.

Value: One payment of $5,000.

Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships (CS) assist Indigenous students from low socio-economic backgrounds, who are Australian citizens, with costs associated with higher education.

Types of Commonwealth Scholarships available:

  • Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS) - $2,469 for up for four years
  • Indigenous Commonwealth Accomodation Scholarships (ICAS) - $4,939 for up to four years
  • Indigenous Access Scholarship (IAS) - $4,939 once in a lifetime payment

Applications have closed

Konstantin Gawrilow Scholarship

For: Available to women of no more than 25 years of age commencing a first year course at the University of Sydney who are enrolled to study Russian language or literature (or both) at the Centre of Continuing Education OR any other Australian university (as these subjects are not currently offered at USyd); and either:
(a) are of Aboriginal background and (i) have no living parents, or (ii) have only one living parent, or (iii) are cared for, or were until attaining majority cared for, by one parent by reason of the desertion of the other parent; or (b) are not of Aboriginal background and (i) have no living parents, or (ii) have only one living parent.

Value: $7500, for 1 year, with possibility of renewal if the student maintains satisfactory academic progress
How to apply: More information on the Specific Background Scholarships website.

Applications are now closed for 2013.

Note:This scholarship is awarded on the basis of HSC or equivalent entry examination results.