Melbourne Scholarships

Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships

The Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships are established by the Australian Government and available to students from Australian Indigenous descent. The following scholarship are awarded annually:

  • Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarships to assist with education costs
  • Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarships to assist with relocation and/or accommodation cost.


The Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship and  Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship provide an annual allowance for up to four years for students undertaking an undergraduate degree course. The allowance is paid in instalments in April and September of each year.

The value of each scholarship is indexed annually. For further details 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;
  • complete an Australian Year 12 or the IB in Australia in the year prior to commencing your course at the University;
  • 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 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 in January.


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



All applicants will be notified of the outcome via email in February.

More information

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

Next round

Opens: 31 December 2015

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