Lambert McBride Perpetual Bursary

The Lambert McBride Perpetual (Bursary) is named in honour of the late Lambert McBride⁠—​an Aboriginal advocate and lobbyist for Queensland Indigenous rights. The bursary was established by the Queensland Government to recognise the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Constitutional referendum.

Mr McBride believed in the value of education for progress and encouraged Indigenous people to get a good education. This bursary provides the opportunity for 1 Indigenous tertiary student studying in any field at an eligible Queensland higher education institution to continue Mr McBride's legacy through a one-off grant of $5,000 to assist with study expenses.

Grant ben​efits

The successful candidate will receive a one-off payment of $5,000 to assist with study-related expenses such as a computer, text books or stationery.

The funds will be paid as a lump sum after confirmation of enrolment in the semester following the award of the bursary.

Eligibility ​criteria

To be eligible to apply for this bursary, candidates must provide:

  • written evidence of being recognised as a member of an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community
  • evidence of having completed (or will soon complete) first or second year of study in any field at an eligible Queensland higher education institution in the current calendar year (i.e. 2019).

How to apply​​

Step 1: Gather your supporting documents that must be attached to your online application:

  • proof of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage
  • unofficial academic transcript/results for 2018 and 2019
  • proof of enrolment for Semester 1, 2020 (may be included on the unofficial academic transcript)
  • resume/Curriculum Vitae.
  • 2 written references. O​ne must be from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.

Step 2: Submit your online application on the Smart Jobs website​.​

Enquiries and further information

Applications for the 2020 Lambert McBride Perpetual Bursary will close on 13 December 2019.

Applicants are reminded to double check their application to ensure all required attachments are submitted. Failure to do so may jeopardise assessment of the application.​

Email specific enquiries to or phone on (07) 3055 2991.​​​​​​​​​​​​