Indigenous Students

University of Melbourne

Murrup Barak - Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development
Indigenous Scholarships A list of scholarships available indigenous students, maintained by Murrup Barak.
Student Financial Aid
Trust Fund Grants
  Non-repayable grants to assist with course and living costs.
Housing Grants Grants to assist those who need to live away from home in order to attend University. Such students are typically from rural or interstate areas as well as those from outlying areas of Melbourne.
Student Loans Short-term and long-term loans for students in financial need. Designed to help meet emergency situations and unexpected costs.
Student Housing Services
Student Housing Access Program (SHAP) Transitional share-house accommodation in university owned properties.
Melbourne Scholarships
Commonwealth Scholarships Commonwealth Scholarships provide financial support to indigenous students to assist with the costs associated with higher education.
Melbourne Access Scholarships Access scholarships can be payable over a number of years. Indigenous students are a specific target group.
Graduate Research Scholarships Provides funds to support a student enrolled in a research higher degree or coursework degree at the University of Melbourne.
Fay Marles Scholarships These scholarships provide support to indigenous Australian students undertaking graduate research studies.
Frederick Blake Shepherd Scholarship Scholarship available to students undertaking research higher degree studies on a full- or part-time basis, with preference given to disadvantaged students.
Neville Bonner Memorial Scholarship Available to an indigenous student to undertake honours in politics or a related subject at an Australian University
Other sources of advice about financial support As the number of applications received for a scholarship program usually exceeds the number of scholarships available, students are encouraged to search widely for relevant assistance.


Centrelink and other resources
ABSTUDY A fortnightly Centrelink allowance to help with the costs associated with attending University. ABSTUDY includes a Residential Costs Option for people who must leave home to study.
Rent Assistance An additional payment for Centrelink recipients to assist with rental costs
Health Care Card A Health Care Card entitles you to reduced cost medicines as well as a limited number of other concessions.
Other Government Assistance List of government services and programs that are available.
Good Universities Guide An excellent database to assist students finding suitable scholarships and awards.
Koori Tertiary Scholarship Program The Department of Justice provides Koori tertiary scholarships to assist Koori students to undertake full time study in a range of justice-related fields
Victorian Government
Bond Loan Scheme
The Victorian government can provide low-income earners a loan for the bond when starting a tenancy. Applications can be made to the Department of Human Services.

Community and Other Organisations

Community and Other Organisations
Indigenous Scholarships A website maintained by the Aurora Project and Charlie Perkins trust detailing hundreds of scholarships for indigenous students.
Robert Riley Award
Scholarships available to indigenous Australians under 25 to assist students studying in the fields of law, human rights, legal practice, child protection, criminology or criminal and juvenile justice.
AMA Indigenous Peoples' Medical Scholarship For the assistance and encouragement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders studying for a medical degree at an Australian University.