Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

University of Sydney Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships

Many faculties provide their own scholarships. Check the Faculty scholarships webpage for other scholarship opportunities.

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.

How to Apply: Indigenous Australian Students who have been accepted into an approved International Exchange program should notify Scholarships and Financial Support Service. Please indicate you are an Indigenous student going on exchange.

Univerity of Sydney Indigenous Australian Conference Assistance Scholarship

This award provides financial support to Indigenous Australian students enrolled at the university to attend conferences, workshops or seminars that relates directly to their area of study. Priority will be given to students who present a paper or workshop.

For: Undergraduate and Postgraduate Indigenous Australian Students who require financial assistance to attend conferences.

Value: up to $2,000

How to apply: Submit an online application for Financial Support. through the Scholarships and Financial Support Service. Students will be required to provide the following documents: Proof of conference registration, Quote for travel costs (airfares, etc), quote for accommodation; a written approval or recommendation from the Faculty Supervisor for the applicant to attend conference.

Closing Date: Open all year

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) - $2,492 (indexed annually) for up for four years
  • Indigenous Commonwealth Accomodation Scholarships (ICAS) - $4,985 (indexed annually) for up to four years
  • Indigenous Access Scholarship (IAS) - $4,702 ((indexed annually) once in a lifetime payment

How to Apply: Apply for Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships by submitting an Equity Scholarship application via UAC.

Closing date: To be considered for main round scholarship offers, you must submit applications and provide supporting documents to UAC by Wednesday, 7 January 2015.

Indigenous Australian Advertised Bursaries

For: Indigenous Australian students enrolled full-time, making satisfactory progress, who are experiencing financial difficulties.

How to Apply: Apply for advertised bursaries through Scholarships and Financial Support Service.

Open: Applications for 2014 are now closed. 2015 applications will open in mid March 2015

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 2014.

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