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 who are of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent who meet the following criteria:

  • Are currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate award course, including diploma (undergraduate) at the University of Sydney; and
  • Have completed a full-time study load in an undergraduate award course, including diploma (undergraduate), with an Annual Average Mark (AAM) of 65.0 or higher in the previous academic year; or for units of study where marks are not given, students must meet the requirements of all units

Value: $2,000

No application required

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) - $2,543 (indexed annually) for up for four years
  • Indigenous Commonwealth Accomodation Scholarships (ICAS) - $5,087 (indexed annually) for up to four years
  • Indigenous Access Scholarship (IAS) - $4,823 ((indexed annually) once in a lifetime payment


How to apply: Submit an application for Equity Scholarships via UAC

Applications Closed 6 January 2016

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.

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 an Australian university (as these subjects are not currently offered at the University of Sydney); 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.
How to apply: More information on the Specific Background Scholarships website.

Closing date: Tuesday, 29 March 2016, 5pm

Professor Ann Curthoys NSW Freedom Ride Accommodation Scholarship

For: In 1965 the 'Student Action for Aborigines Survey and Demonstration Bus Tour' through towns of NSW where there was racial discrimination was undertaken by a group of University of Sydney students. A form of non-violent direct action, the bus tour became known as the Freedom Ride. One of those students was Ann Curthoys, a noted historian in race relations and who has published recollections of the Freedom Ride, drawing upon her diary from the journey, the recollections of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who were involved, and extensive archival and newspaper research.

Professor Ann Curthoys has made a donation to establish a new scholarship to support an undergraduate Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student with their accommodation and living costs, so that they can study a degree within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences with less financial burden.

Value:The value of the scholarship is $12,000 per year and is tenable in an Arts degree program for the duration of the degree course and is subject to satisfactory academic progress of a credit average (65% and above) for each semester

Rosebrook Foundation Indigenous Accommodation Scholarship

For: The Rosebrook Foundation has donated funds to establish a new scholarship to support an undergraduate Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student with their accommodation and living costs, so that they can study in any faculty with less financial burden.

Value:The value of the scholarship is $15,000 per annum and is tenable for the duration of the degree program subject to satisfactory academic progress of a credit average (65% and above) for each semester

Douglas Jamieson Aboriginal Scholarship

For: A donation has been made available through the Douglass Jamieson Aboriginal Scholarship. The purpose is to establish in perpetuity a fund to support undergraduate Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students in Science or Engineering from rural, regional or remote areas and who demonstrate financial need or disadvantage.

Value: The value of the scholarship is $6,000 per annum and is tenable for the duration of the degree program subject to satisfactory academic progress of a credit average (65% and above) for each semester

The Rotary Club of Sydney Soukup Memorial Scholarship (Two Scholarships)

For: Two scholarships have been made available from donations from The Rotary Club of Sydney, to support two undergraduate Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students with their accommodation and living costs. This scholarship will allow the students to study in any faculty, and be free from the financial burden associated with living in Sydney.

Value: The value of the scholarship is $15,000 per annum and is tenable for the duration of the degree program subject to satisfactory academic progress of a credit average (65% and above) for each semester

The Curtin PhD Scholarship for Clinical Research

For: Medical graduates who are undertaking a PhD involving clinical research at the University of Sydney.

Value: Each Scholarship will be tenable for up to three years (subject to a possible extension of up to six (6) months at the University’s discretion) and will be payable at the rate of $50,000 per annum

Alf Waugh Indigenous Scholarship

For: Available for the first time in 2017, preference will be given to students undertaking studies in engineering.

Value: Valued at $6750 per annum

The University of Sydney Indigenous International Exchange Scholarship

For: The University of Sydney Indigenous International Exchange Scholarships are awarded to students who have been accepted into the International Exchange Program through the International Office. Applicants must:

  • be of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Indigenous identity is subject to verification by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Support within the Student Transition and Retention Team at the University of Sydney.
  • be enrolled in an undergraduate award course or postgraduate coursework and/or research course at the University of Sydney in exchange year
  • have been accepted and provide proof of acceptance into the Exchange Program through the International Office
  • provide Referees Report from Academic Supervisor

Value: Scholarship is for one year only and is valued at $5,000. The recipient will be required to refund all or part of the scholarship received if s/he subsequently withdraws from the nominated program. Scholarships are awarded for study in the nominated exchange program year and no deferment of the scholarship is allowed. The scholarship shall be terminated if the recipient withdraws from the agreed exchange program. Once terminated, a scholarship will not be reinstated.