Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entry Scholarship

An undergraduate scholarship
This scholarship supports academically gifted Australian Indigenous students to commence tertiary study at the University of Sydney.


Value Eligibility Open date Close date
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student
  • ATAR of 85+
  • Commencing an undergraduate degree through UAC

How to apply

No application is required, as all eligible students will be automatically considered. 


The scholarship is valued at $10,000 and is tenable for one year only. 

Who's eligible

You must be:

  • be a student of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • have obtained an ATAR in the HSC (or equivalent) of 85.0 or above 
  • be commencing in the first year of an undergraduate degree through UAC.

Note: A confirmed offer of a scholarship must be taken up by enrolment in the first year of the nominated degree or combined degree program in the year for which the offer is made. 

1. Background

a. The University of Sydney Indigenous Entry Scholarships aim to encourage academically gifted Australian Indigenous students to commence tertiary study at the University of Sydney.

2. Eligibility

a. No application is required. University of Sydney Indigenous Entry Scholarships are awarded to recipients who:

I. are of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Indigenous identity is subject to verification by The Indigenous Australian Student Support Service at the University of Sydney;

II. apply to the University through UAC and enrol in a University undergraduate degree or combined degree;

III. complete the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or a University approved equivalent secondary school examination in the year of application and achieve an ATAR of at least 85; and

IV. commence their studies at the University in the year immediately following their HSC or equivalent.

3. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued at $10,000 and is tenable for one year only.

b. The Scholarship annual value will be paid in two equal instalments after the census date of each semester.

c. Commencement of the Scholarship can be deferred for up to two years. Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted without prior permission of the Scholarships Office.

d. The Scholarship is transferable to another undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney. Funding will only be provided for the original approved study duration less the period of studies already undertaken. Approval for the scholarship transfer must be sought from the Scholarships Office.

e. The scholarship recipient must enrol full-time in the agreed program during the tenure of their scholarship. Recipients may hold the scholarship part-time due to extenuating circumstances such as a medical condition which limits the student's capacity to undertake full-time study. An application for a part-time scholarship must be submitted to the Scholarships Office for consideration. If a part-time scholarship is approved, payment will be 50% of the amount of the normal semester payment.

f. The scholarship may be suspended under extenuating circumstances. Approval for suspension is on a case-by-case basis upon application to the Scholarships Office. 

g. No other amount is payable.

4. Ongoing eligibility

a. To continue receipt of the Scholarship, the recipient must maintain a minimum Semester Average Mark (SAM) of 65 each semester.

b. Recipients undertaking an exchange during the tenure of this Scholarship are required to have achieved a Satisfied Requirements grade (SR) to receive their next payment.

5. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated if the recipient:

I. withdraws from an eligible course or fails to enrol,

II. commences part-time study without prior approval,

III. does not maintain satisfactory academic performance,

IV. is determined by the University to be guilty of serious misconduct, including, but not limited to, having provided false or misleading information as part of their Scholarship application,

V. is awarded an alternative primary scholarship. In such circumstances this scholarship will be terminated in favour of the alternative scholarship where the alternative scholarship is of higher value,

VI. does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or

VII. any other provision as indicated in these terms that would lead to termination.

b. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated unless due to University error.

c. Where a student is found guilty of serious misconduct or withdraws from the relevant course, the University reserves the right to request that any Scholarship funds paid to the Scholarship recipient be reimbursed.