Melbourne Scholarships

Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships Program

The Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship Program is funded by the Australian Government to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from low socio-economic backgrounds. The Scholarship Program consists of Commonwealth Indigenous Access Scholarships, Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarships and Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarships.


The Indigenous Scholarship Program provides the following benefits: 

  • Commonwealth Indigenous Access Scholarships provide a one-off payment paid in two instalments after you have accepted the scholarship offer and after your first census date 
  • Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarships and  Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarships provide an annual allowance paid in two instalments each year, for up to four years of an undergraduate degree.

The value of each scholarship is indexed annually. For further information see Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships benefits


To be considered for an Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
  • complete an Australian Year 12 or the IB in Australia in the year prior to commencing your course at the University; and
  • not have been awarded results for subjects undertaken as part of a degree course at a tertiary institution (excluding extension studies undertaken as part of a Year 12 program); and
  • meet the entry requirements for a course at the University

In addition, to be eligible for the Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship, you must have attended school and lived in rural or regional Australia for at least three of the previous four years.

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



Eligible students who have included evidence that they are an indigenous Australian; are in receipt of a means-tested Centrelink benefit such as Abstudy; and have had their status as an indigenous Australian confirmed by the University’s Murrup Barak Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development will be invited to apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship.


Scholarships are offered to eligible students on the basis of information provided in the SEAS application and their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).



Offers will be made via email in February 2015.

More information

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Current round

Closes: 15 March 2015

Next round

Opens: 31 December 2015

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