Indigenous scholarships

The Aspiration Initiative contains a wide range of scholarships available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Australian Indigenous Education Foundation

The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF)​ provides scholarships which enable Indigenous students in financial need to attend leading Australian schools and universities.

Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarships

The Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarships were developed by the department to assist aspiring teachers who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander to complete an initial pre-service teacher education program and make a difference in education. The scholarships provide financial assistance of up to $20,000 (pre-tax) for up to 4 years to undertake an approved initial teacher education program, on a full-time basis, at a Queensland higher education institution.

Australian Public Service Indigenous cadetship program

The Australian Public Service (APS) Indigenous cadetship program is designed to link full-time Indigenous students undertaking their first undergraduate degree with Australian Government employers who can give them work placements and ongoing employment once they finish their studies. A cadetship is a combination of full time study and work placement. Each year cadets undertake 12 weeks of work placement with their employing agency. Participating agencies provide candidates with a salary while on work placements, as well as an allowance while studying, and may offer financial assistance for text books and university fees.

Department of Human Services Indigenous Cadetship

The Department of Human Services Indigenous Cadetship program supports the education and professional development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. As cadets complete their study they are offered a position with the department. Cadetships are offered annually and are open to full-time tertiary students who are undertaking a course relevant to the department.

Indigenous Health Scholarship

The Indigenous Health Scholarship is a co-operative program between Australian Rotary Health, Rotary clubs, some state and territory governments and the Australian Government. It provides a scholarship of up to $5,000 to assist Indigenous students with day-to-day expenses while they undertake a course in a wide range of health-related professions. The scholarship is paid in addition to the Abstudy allowance.

Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme

The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. The scholarship provides $15,000 per year to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are intending to enrol or are enrolled in an entry level course in an eligible health-related discipline at an Australian educational institution (Certificate IV and above).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Program

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Program encourages and supports Indigenous students to undertake both undergraduate and postgraduate studies leading to a registrable qualification in pharmacy at an Australian university through the provision of scholarships. This program is administered by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia on behalf of the Australian Government.

Neville Bonner Memorial Scholarship

The Neville Bonner Memorial Scholarship is Australia's most prestigious scholarship for Indigenous Australians to study Honours in political science, or related subjects, at any recognised Australian university. One Neville Bonner scholarship may be awarded each year.

Mary MacKillop Foundation

The Mary MacKillop Foundation offers scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary students at Australian universities. The students must have a commitment to Indigenous education, health, human rights or justice.

Lambert McBride bursary

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary students are invited to apply for a grant under the Lambert McBride Perpetual Education Bursary​. Students enrolled in second or third year studies at any Queensland tertiary institution can apply for a grant of $5000. The bursary, established by the Queensland Government to recognise the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Constitutional referendum, is named in honour of the late Lambert McBride - an advocate and lobbyist for Queensland Indigenous rights. For further information, contact the equity/scholarship officer at your university.

Commonwealth Scholarships Program

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from low socio-economic backgrounds, particularly those from rural and regional areas, with costs associated with higher education.

Cadetships, scholarships and work experience opportunities

Check out the cadetship, scholarship, and work experience opportunities within Australian Government departments and agencies.

Indigenous Cadetship Support

The Indigenous Cadetship Support (ICS) is an Australian Government initiative that improves the professional employment prospects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It links Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary students with employers in a cadetship arrangement involving full-time study and negotiated work placements.

Aspiring and preservice teachers

The department offers a number of scholarships or grants to high achieving aspiring and preservice teachers who are about to commence or are currently completing an approved undergraduate or postgraduate preservice teacher education program. Opportunities are also offered for existing teachers who wish to further their teaching skills and experience.

Personal Trainer Indigenous Scholarships

The Australian Institute of Personal Trainers offers Indigenous Scholarships valued at over $5,000 each. The scholarships provide successful recipients with free tuition in a Certificate IV in Fitness – Complete Personal Trainer, enabling them to start their careers in personal training.

​Tafe Queensland Scholarhips

TAFE Queensland​ offers two types of $5000 scholarships. Access and equity scholarships provide equitable access to study at TAFE Queensland. They are awarded to students who can demonstrate a genuine interest in and commitment to their chosen career, and on the basis of specific equity criteria. Merit scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate that they will do well in the industry in which they apply for the scholarship.
Last reviewed
7 January 2016
Last updated
7 January 2016