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Indigenous Scholarship in Social Work

A scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
This scholarship provides financial support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to become qualified social workers.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
$750 to $6000
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Studying social work
15 August 2019 6 September 2019

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

This scholarship is valued at $6000 for the Bachelor of Social Work recipients, $1500 for the Master of Social Work recipients, or $750 for the Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services recipients.

The scholarship value is tenable for the full-time duration of the degree.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or hold an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person as defined in the University of Sydney’s Confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity Policy 2015
  • be enrolled or have an unconditional offer to study a Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Social Work (Qualifying), or a Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services.

Background

This scholarship was established in 2018 to provide financial support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to become qualified social workers, equipped with skills they need to offer vital healthcare and support to their communities.

1. Background

a. This Scholarship was established in 2018 to provide financial support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to become qualified social workers, equipped with skills they need to offer vital health care and support to their communities.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

b. Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, New Zealand Citizen, or Australian Permanent Resident.

c. Applicants must have an unconditional offer or be enrolled full-time at the University of Sydney in one of the following:

i. Bachelor of Social Work,

ii. Master of Social Work (Qualifying), or

iii. Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of:

i. academic merit, and

ii. personal statement explaining applicant’s reasons for pursuing a degree in social work.

iii. The Scholarship will be awarded by the Head of School and Dean of Sydney School of Education and Social Work, or their nominated delegate on the recommendation of a selection committee.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship value is stated below and is tenable for the full-time duration of the degree:

i. $6,000 for the Bachelor of Social Work,

ii. $1,500 for the Master of Social Work, and

iii. $750 for the Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services.

b. The Scholarship value will be paid in equal instalments after the census date of each semester for recipients who are enrolled in a Bachelor or Masters of Social Work.

c. The Scholarship value will be paid as a one-off payment for recipients enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services.

d. Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted without the prior permission of the Head of School and Dean of Sydney School of Education and Social Work and it is not transferable to another University school, faculty or university.

e. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funds.

f. No other amount is payable.

5. Ongoing eligibility

a. To continue receipt of the Scholarship, the recipient must maintain a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65 each semester.

b. Recipients undertaking an exchange or professional experience during the tenure of this Scholarship are required to have achieved a Satisfied Requirements grade (SR) to receive their next payment.

6. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated if the recipient:

i. withdraws from an eligible course or fails to enrol,

ii. commences part-time study without prior approval,

iii. does not maintain satisfactory academic performance,

iv. is determined by the University to be guilty of serious misconduct, including, but not limited to, having provided false or misleading information as part of their Scholarship application,

v. does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or

vi. any other provision as indicated in these terms that would lead to termination.

b. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated.

c. Where a student is found guilty of serious misconduct or withdraws from the relevant course, the University reserves the right to request that any Scholarship funds paid to the Scholarship recipient be reimbursed.

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