Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
University of Sydney Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships
- University of Sydney Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entry Scholarship
- University of Sydney Indigenous Progress Award
- University of Sydney International Exchange Scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
- The University of Sydney Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Breadwinners Programme
- Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships
- Konstantin Gawrilow Scholarship
External Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
- Charlie Perkins Scholarships
- Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation
- Margaret Ida Howie Scholarship for Women
- Karen Lynch Memorial 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
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.
No application required
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.
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
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.
The Breadwinners Programme offers a unique opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from low socio-economic backgrounds who work full time to meet their family commitments; presenting both time and financial barriers to University study.
The Breadwinners Programme creates a partnership between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers, their employer, the Australian government and the University of Sydney to support full time employees to study their first undergraduate degree. This collaboration supports Aboriginal people to gain qualifications that improve their career prospects and their ability to contribution to their family and community; as well as allowing employers to increase their quality of delivery and productivity through better educated staff.
The Programme works through an employer/employee agreement that allows Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers to salary sacrifice a portion of their wages into a fund for two years while they undertake part time study in an undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney, and then draw upon these funds in the final two years of their degree when they study full time and receive a funding top-up equal to 80% of their salary through an employer contribution and a government funded tax-free top up payment.
Applications close 25 July 2014.
The Karen Lynch Foundation was established in 1997. One candidate may be nominated by each relevant university at the beginning of each academic year, and one candidate is selected from among those nominated by the trustee directors of the Karen Lynch Foundation.
Eligibility: Applicants must
- be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
- be enrolled in an Undergraduate (having completed the first year) or Postgraduate degree program
- have completed the first year of an Undergraduate program.
Closing Date: 12 December 2014