National Indigenous Merit Scholarship


Each year the Australian National University offers  the National Indigenous Merit Scholarship with the aim of acknowledging the academic excellence of Indigenous students in secondary school studies and provide assistance with costs related to tertiary studies.

Field of study



The Award is available each year to a prospective or current ANU student who:

  • is a domestic student; and
  • identifies and is accepted as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and 
  • has completed their Year 12 or equivalent qualification within the last two years and achieved an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or ANU Selection rank between 90 and 94.95 (no adjustment factors), has not enrolled in an undergraduate degree program previous to commencing at the University and receives an offer of admission to an undergraduate degree program at the University; or
  • is a current student who had their National Indigenous University Scholarship terminated due to not meeting the Grade Point Average (GPA) academic progress requirements under their original Conditions of Award, and has maintained at least a GPA of 5.0 in each semester from the commencement of the award of the National Indigenous University Scholarship. 



The scholarship provides a stipend of $6,500 per annum for a maximum of 5 years

How to apply

All applicants applying for admission to ANU through the direct Admission Scholarship and Accommodation Application will be automatically considered for the award based on them meeting the eligibility criteria and electing to be considered for scholarships.

Students applying through other channels ie. UAC will also be considered.

When you apply directly to ANU for admission as a domestic undergraduate student, you will have the opportunity to be considered for this opportunity within the same application. Other such support options are enlisted on the Direct application scholarships page.