Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship


Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships assist full-time Indigenous Australian students from rural and regional and low income backgrounds, or those required to move out of home to undertake tertiary educationwith financial support associated with their study for up to three years.


Applicants must fulfil the following eligibility criteria:

  • is an Australian citizen; and
  • is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
  • identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person; and
  • is accepted as such by the community in which they live, or formerly lived; and
  • enrolled/enrolling in an undergraduate, postgraduate or research degree; and
  • Is able to demonstrate low socio-economic status either:
    • through being in receipt of a means-tested Commonwealth income support payment (such as Austudy, ABSTUDY, Youth Allowance, etc); or
    • on the basis of an assessment conducted by or on behalf of the eligible scholarship provider.               


The scholarship offers a stipend of $5,000 per annum paid in equal instalments at the beginning of each semester for up to 3 years.

For students awarded an Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship prior to 2017, the scholarship offers a stipend of $2,676 per annum (indexed annually) paid in equal instalments at the beginning of each semester for up to 4 years.

How to apply

Applications for this scholarship are through the UAC Equity Scholarships Portal available through the "Apply Now" link at the top of this page.