Melbourne Scholarships

Indigenous Bursaries

The University of Melbourne provides a range of scholarships for Indigenous Australian students:

Arno Herpe Memorial Scholarship
Established by a bequest from Arno Herpe, this scholarship is available to descendants from people indigenous to the South Pacific, including New Zealand and Australia. Preference is given to students enrolled in the Melbourne School of Engineering. The scholarship provides an annual allowance of approximately $4,000* paid in half-yearly instalments for the full-time duration of the recipient’s course.

Bruce C Hartnett Bursary
Established by a donation from Bruce Harnett and Louise Einfield and friends, this bursary is available to coursework or research students. The bursary provides a one off payment of approximately $750*.

Edward J Darbyshire Scholarship
Established by a bequest from Edward J Darbyshire, this scholarship is available to Indigenous Australian students enrolled in an undergraduate degree course. The scholarship provides an annual allowance of approximately $2,500* paid in half-yearly instalments for the full-time duration of the recipient’s course.

Harold Mackrell Indigenous Student Scholarship
Established in 2012 by a bequest from Harold George Mackrell, this scholarship is available to coursework or research students and provides an allowance of approximately $15,000* paid in half-yearly instalments.

Isabella Ina Oldham Scholarship
Established in 1984 by a bequest from Isabella Ina Oldham, this scholarship is available to coursework or research students and provides an allowance of approximately $3,750* paid in half-yearly instalments.

Rotary District 9800 Aboriginal Vocation Bursary
Established in 1990 by donations from Rotary District 9800, this bursary is available to undergraduate and graduate coursework students and provides an allowance of approximately $3,000* paid in half-yearly instalments.

Lois Woodward Scholarship for Indigenous Australians
Established by Sir Edward Woodward and Lady Lois Woodward, this scholarship is available to mature-age, female indigenous Australian students and provides an annual allowance of approximately $1,800* paid in half-yearly instalments for the full-time duration of the recipient’s course.

Truganini Scholarship
Established by a donation from Gweneth Wisewould, this scholarship is available to coursework and research students and provides a living allowance of approximately $4,500*.

*The value of the scholarship varies depending on the income of the trust and will be confirmed at the time of awarding.


Eligibility

To be considered for these scholarships, you must:

  • be an indigenous Australian or a descendant from people indigenous to the South Pacific, including New Zealand and Australia.
  • be enrolled in a degree course at the University of Melbourne
  • have met the conditions of any Indigenous Bursaries awarded to you previously (such as submission of scholarship reports).

The status of indigenous Australians must be confirmed by the Murrup Barak Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development.

Application

You must submit an online Student Financial Assistance Application to be considered for all above mentioned bursaries. If you already have submitted an application in the last six months you can do not need to apply again but you can update and re-submit your details before the closing date.

Selection

Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of the specific purpose of the scholarship, financial need, academic merit and other scholarships awarded to the applicant.

Outcome

All applicants are notified of the outcome within 6 weeks of the relevant closing date.

Current round

Opens: 1 January 2017
Closes: 5 March 2017

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