Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

University of Sydney Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships

Faculty Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

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.

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

No application required

Read more: Terms and Conditions

The ITNewcom Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Scholarship

Background: Established in 2017, this Scholarship has been generously donated by ITNewcom Foundation to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with the cost associated with university. Two scholarships are to be offered.
Value: The Scholarship is valued at $7,500 and is tenable for the duration of the student’s current degree up to a maximum of five years.
Open Date: CLOSED
Close Date: CLOSED
Read More: Terms and Conditions

Aboud Scholarship

Background: Established in 2017, this Scholarship has been generously donated by Lucinda Aboud to support rural or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, to undertake a full-time undergraduate program at the University of Sydney.

Open to:

Australian Citizen, New Zealand Citizen, or Australian Permanent Resident who apply and subsequently enrol into an undergraduate program offered by the University of Sydney.

Preference will be given to applicants studying at Sydney Law School.

Applicants must either reside in a rural area or be an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and demonstrate financial hardship.

Value: The Scholarship is valued at $10,000. 
Duration: 1 year
Open Date: Applications for 2019 - TBC
Read More: Terms and Conditions

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
  • In the immediate preceding academic year, have completed a full-time study load, i.e. minimum 18 credit points per semester, in an undergraduate award course, including diploma (undergraduate), with an Annual Average Mark (AAM) of 65.0 or higher. 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

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.

This scholarship is currently closed

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

This scholarship is currently closed

Rosebrook Foundation Indigenous Accommodation Scholarship

Background: Established in 2015, this Scholarship has been generously donated by the Rosebrook Foundation to support an undergraudate Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student with their accommodation and living costs.
Value: The value of the scholarship is $15,000 per annum and is tenable for two years only.
How to Apply: Apply Now
Close Date: 23 June 2019
Conditions:  Terms and Conditions

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

This scholarship is currently closed.

The Rotary Club of Sydney Soukup Memorial Scholarship

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

This scholarship is currently closed

Alf Waugh Indigenous Scholarship

Background: Established in 2015, the Alf Waugh Indigenous Scholarship was created by donation from Ellen Waugh. Scholarships are awarded to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying at the University of Sydney who demonstrate leadership potential, community involvement and financial need.
Open to:

a. Applicants must be an Australian citizesn and of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

b. Applicants must be currently enrolled, or will enrol in an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework program at the University of Sydney.

c. Applicants must not previously have completed the requirements for the relevant degree level that they are currently enrolled in or will enrol in.

Selection Criteria:

Four scholarships are available. The successful applicants will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of:

  • a personal statement describing their leadership potential and community involvement
  • evidence of financial need

Preference will be given to students:

  • enrolled within the Faculty of Engineering
  • from the Northern Territroy and/or rural and remote Australia as defined by the Australian Government

The Scholarship will be awarded the recommendation of a selection committee consisting of the  Deputy Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Stragey and Services) and their nominee.

Value and Duration:

The Scholarship is valued at $6,500 per annum and is tenable for up to one year.

The Scholarship value will be paid in two equal instalments after the census date of each semseter.

Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted without the prior permission of the Scholarships office.

No other amount is payable.

The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funding.

Open Date: APPLY NOW
Close Date: 31 March 2019
Conditions:  Terms and Conditions
   

Ron Baumann Scholarship

Background: Established in 2017, this Scholarship has been generously donated by Ron Baumann to assist students who are disadvantaged or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students studying social work or social welfare and humanitarian issues.
Value: The value of the scholarship is $6,000 per annum and is tenable for one year only.
Open Date: CLOSED
Close Date: CLOSED
Conditions:  Read more

Western Union Foundation Scholarship

Background: Established in 2017, this Scholarship is provided by the Western Union Foundation. Western Union’s signature program ‘Education for Better’, aims to provide education and jobs skills training that provide economic upward mobility for individuals, families and communities around the world.
Open to:

To be eligible for the Scholarship, applicants must be an Australian Citizen, New Zealand Citizen, or Australian Permanent Resident.

Students must be currently enrolled or commencing an undergraduate degree program with the Faculties of Science, Engineering and Information Technology or BSydney Business School.

Selection Criteria:

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, student's financial circumstances and a personal statement which demonstrates the applicant's interest and focus on the social impact enhacing the benefit of economic opportunity and education.

Preference will be given to students from Indigenous or refugee backgrounds.

The Scholarship will be awarded on the nomination of a selection committee consisting of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) and their nominees.

Value:

The Scholarship is valued at $7,000 and is tenable for the duration of the student’s degree up to a maximum of three years.

The Scholarship value will be paid in two equal instalments after the census date of each relevant semester.
Further Information:

 Terms and Conditions

Opening Date:

 CLOSED

Closing Date:

CLOSED


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.

To be considered eligible, students 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.

This scholarship is currently closed

LEE Ming Tee Indigenous Scholarship

Background: Established in 2018, this Scholarship is funded by the LEE Ming Tee Foundation to assist Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander to achieve their study goals.
Open to:

a. Applicants must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

b. Applicants must be commencing their first year of full-time undergraduate study in the 2019 academic year.

 Selection Criteria:

 The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of:

  • academic merit,
  • area of study
  • community engagement
  • leardership experience, and
  • curriculum vitae

The Scholarship will be awarded by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) on the recommendation of a committee consisting of the nominees of the Deputy Vice Chancellor  (Registrar), a nominee of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Stragey and Services) and a designatred representative of the LEE Ming Tee Foundation.

Value and Duration:

The Scholarship is valued at $38,334 per annum and is tenable for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

The Scholarship covers residential fees at a college or student residence owned by/associated with the University (but excluding St Andrews College) of the successful recipient's choice, and tuition fees.

Tuition fees and college fees will be paid directly by the University on the Scholarship recipient's behalf

Scholarship recipients must elect to pay their fees upfront rather than defer to Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), to enable payment of fees directly by the University.

In each of the first three years, if a Scholarship recipient's residential college feees and tuition fees for that year are less than the annual Scholarship entitlement of $38,334, the excess funds will be paid to the successful recipient for use as a bursary for course textbooks, learning materials and living expenses. No other component of the Scholarship entitlement will be paid directly to the Schoalrship recipient.

Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted without the prior permission of the Scholarships office.

No other amount is payable. However, if a recipient is studying for a degree for which the duration of the standard course is longer than three years of full-time study, the University will consider applications for additional funding for each additional year of the standard course made after 1 November and prior to 30 November in the previous year. Further terms and conditions apply.

The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funding.

Open Date: Closed
Close Date: Closed
Conditions:  Terms and Conditions
   

The Steglick Indigenous Women’s Scholarship

Background:

Established in 2016 by a generous gift from the Steglick family, the Steglick Indigenous Women's Scholarship aims to enhance the educational and health services available to Indigenous communities in remote, rural and regional areas.

The scholarship's purpose is to support, in perpetuity, scholarships for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women who are undertaking studies at the University of Sydney in the fields of teaching/education and/or health.

Open to:

a. Applicants must be female students from  Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background.

b. Applicants must be enrolled in, or have applied for admission to a full time undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the University of Sydney in the fields of teaching, education or health.

Selection Criteria:

The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, and a personal statement to describe how your studies in the fields of teaching/education/and/or health would fulfil the aims of this scholarship which are to enhance the educational and health services available to Indigenous communities in remote, rural and regional areas.

The Scholarship will be awarded by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) on the recommendation of a committee consisting of  Deputy Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) or their nominated delegates.

Preference will be given to applicants from rural, remote or regional areas in Australia and/or can demonstrate financial disadvantage.

Value and Duration:

The Scholarship is valued at $6,000 per annum and is tenable for up to one year only.

The Scholarship payment will be done in two equal instalments after the census date of each semester.

Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted and it is not transferrable to another university. Approval for the transfer from one course to another must be sought from the Scholarships office.

The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funding.

No other amount is payable.

Open Date: APPLY NOW
Close Date: 23 April 2019
Conditions:  Terms and Conditions
   

The Gregg Indigenous Scholarship

Background: Established in 2019, this Scholarship has been generously donated by Michael and Suzanne Gregg to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students undertaking studies in Science and / or Music at the University of Sydney.
Open to:

Applicants must be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student. Confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity will be part of the application process.

Applicants must be currently enrolled, or have applied for admission in a coursework degree in the Faculty of Science or the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Sydney, at the time of scholarship application submission.

Value:

There are two Scholarships available (one per faculty listed above).

Each Scholarship is valued at $20,000 per annum and is tenable for one year only.

The Scholarship annual value will be paid in two equal instalments after the census date of each semester.

Application: Apply Now
Close Date: 23 April 2019
Conditions:  Terms and Conditions

Robinson Family Scholarship

Background: Established in 2018, this Scholarship has been generously donated by Mr William and Mrs Karen Robinson to assist female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying Health Sciences or Law.
Open to:

To be eligible for the Scholarship, applicants must be female students from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background.

Applicants must be enrolled in degree programs in the Faculty of Health Sciences or the University of Sydney Law School at the University of Sydney.

Value:

The Scholarship is valued at $20,000 per annum and is tenable for the duration of the student’s current degree up to a maximum of four years.

The Scholarship annual value will be paid in two equal instalments after the census date of each semester.

Open Date: Closed
Close Date: Closed
Conditions:  Terms and Conditions

The Heart Foundation's Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards

Background:

The Heart Foundation acknowledges that there are health inequalities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples and believe that self-determination in research is a way to potentially help address some of these inequalities. This expression of interest is designed to facilitate this.

Open to:

a. Individual or groups to submit an expression of interest (EOI) for research funding. The requested expression of interest could be in several formats including but not limited to

  • fellowships
  • scholarships
  • a project grant funding
  • funding for collaboration activities
  • a travel grant etc

Selection Criteria:

a. Funding requested is beneficial to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people/communities with preferably long and short-term benefits

b. Applicants are involved in cardiovascular research or wanting to become involved in cardiovascular research

c. The award must be used in Australia

Value and Duration: 

Total award value is $120,000 per annum for 3 years. This value may be split across multiple awardees.

The duration of the scholarship is as following:

  • Up to 3 years for a fellowship
  • Up to 2 years for a scholarship
  • Up to 1 year for a grant
  • Up to 6 months for a travel grant
Further Information:

Please visit Heart Foundation's website for more information. The website contains full information about the scholarship.

Further FAQ about the award can be found here.

For any queries, please contact the Heart Foundation Research Team on (03) 9321 1581 or email to research@heartfoundation.org.au