Indigenous Scholarships - UNDA

The Aboriginal Health Tertiary Access and Support Program Scholarships
Value: $5,000 plus $1,500 for material support and resources

The purpose of the Scholarship is to provide support for Aboriginal students to access and attain tertiary qualifications in health related disciplines offered within the following Schools:

  1. School of Health Sciences;
  2. School of Medicine;
  3. School of Nursing and Midwifery; or
  4. School of Physiotherapy

The Scholarship provides financial support to recipients which may be used to assist with general living and educational expenses. Each scholarship will comprise of a cash payment of $5,000 per year to assist students with expenses towards continuing their studies at the University. In addition to the $5,000 per year, each recipient will receive a cash payment of up to $1,500 per year awarded for the purpose of material support and resources such as the purchase of textbooks, a laptop or tablet.

For further information, please contact Professor David Paul on (08) 9433 0525 or via email

Scholarship Guidelines

The Aurora Project – Indigenous Scholarships Website

The Aurora Project website contains information about all the undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships available in Australia and overseas, to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Scholarships range in value from a $500 one-off payment to $100,000 paid over the duration of a student's course.

For more information, please visit

The Beasley Family Scholarship in Medicine and Nursing
Value: $5,000

Applications are now closed.

The Beasley Family Scholarship is to assist and encourage Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in the School of Medicine or the School of Nursing and Midwifery at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle. Two cash scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded to two students each year.

The Beasley Family Scholarship Conditions

For further information, please email or call the Senior Development Officer on (08) 9433 0692.

Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships

The Commonwealth Government is funding a new program of scholarships and assistance commencing in 2017 called the Indigenous Student Success Programme (ISSP).

Please visit Indigenous Support Programme | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for further information.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Scholarships

Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme
Closing Date: 16 September
Phone: 1800 770 562 or 1800 688 628 (Both Freecall)

Healthway Aboriginal Research Training Scholarship

Healthway (Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation) is governed by the WA Health Promotion Foundation Act 2016 to fund activities related to the promotion of good health. One of the functions of the foundation is to fund research relevant to health promotion. Healthway provides funding for innovative research projects that can clearly demonstrate the ability to prevent illness and promote healthy lifestyles in Western Australia (WA).

Healthway Aboriginal Research Training Scholarships are designed to increase the number of experienced and trained Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners and researchers in WA working to promote health in Aboriginal communities. The Scholarships will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates in obtaining formal academic training in Aboriginal health research areas through an approved tertiary institution. The post-graduate course may be a graduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, honours, PhD or Masters at a fully accredited institution which will enable the applicant to pursue further studies relevant to Aboriginal Health.

Applicants must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and must reside within WA for the duration of the scholarship. Research projects must focus on the WA population.

For further information, guidelines and application form, please visit

There are no submission closing dates, applications will be accepted all year.

Mary MacKillop Foundation Indigenous Tertiary Scholarship

The Mary MacKillop Foundation has been providing tertiary scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students since 1998. They have 75 graduates and currently another 66 students on scholarships. Students come from tertiary education providers across the country and study a wide variety of disciplines including education, law, science, acting, music, social work, nursing, medicine, criminology, communications and more.

Throughout their scholarship students are supported by a mentor who they meet with every semester for assistance and guidance when needed.

Please visit for further information.


Music and Opera Singers Trust (MOST) - Rona Tranby Award

For: Assisting the Aboriginal community in recording the oral history of their Elders utilizing the knowledge and expertise that has been cultivated in the Jewish community in the recording of the oral history of Holocaust survivors.Email:
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The Pallottine Aboriginal Scholarship

Are you studying or intending to study at a tertiary institution? Are you wanting to make a difference in your community? Do you want to strengthen our Aboriginal communities?

The Pallottine Scholarship Trust is calling for applications from Aboriginal students studying at a Western Australian Higher Education or Vocational Training Institution. Scholarships pay for course fees for successful applicants.

For more information and application forms please visit

Rio Tinto Iron Ore Indigenous Scholarship Program 2018
Value: Up to $16,000 per year for duration of degree

The Rio Tinto Iron Ore Indigenous Scholarship Program supports Indigenous people who are studying at a tertiary (university – bachelor degree or higher) level. The program provides each scholar with funding up to $16,000 per year for the duration of their degree; prioritisation for paid vacation work and/or graduate work with Rio Tinto; and access to a professional and/or personal mentor within Rio Tinto.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be an Australian resident and be of Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 14 January 2018

For further information please email or visit Indigenous Scholarship Programme - Rio Tinto.

Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA)

are pleased to announce that the Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme is now open.
Nursing Scholarships are available in the following areas:

  • Continuing Professional Education (CPD) Scholarships including but not limited to:
    • General Practice Nursing
    • Nurse Re-entry
  • Aboriginal Medical Service Scholarships (AMS):
    • Registered or enrolled nurse or midwife working in an AMS and wanting to undertake CPD or postgraduate studies
    • Undergraduate nursing student undertaking clinical placement within an AMS

For further details, eligibility and applications please visit the RCNA website.

For further information:
Please contact the RCNA Scholarships team
p 1800 116 696

The Charlie Perkins Scholarships

Each year, the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust offers two scholarships for Indigenous postgraduate students to study for up to three years at either Cambridge or Oxford universities.

Please visit the Perkins Trust website for more details. If you then require further information, please feel free to contact Casey Brown, the Trust’s Scholarships Coordinator, on

The Charlie Perkins Scholarships will only be awarded to students who are accepted to study at either Cambridge or Oxford. In most instances, admission will require a First Class Honours degree or a very strong Second Class Honours degree.

For more information on scholarships available for Indigenous undergraduate and postgraduate students, please visit

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