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The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Scholarship

An undergraduate scholarship
$5000 scholarship to support rural, regional or remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students during their first year of study.


Value Eligibility Open date Close date
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student
  • From rural, regional or remote Australia
  • Applying for or enrolled in an undergraduate degree
25 September 2019 25 June 2020

How to apply

Applications for this scholarship are made through UAC. Previous applicants do not need to reapply.


The scholarship is valued at $5000 for one year.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be applying for or be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate degree
  • meet the requirements of HECS
  • identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • be from a rural, regional or remote Australian area.


Funded by the Australian Commonwealth Government, this scholarship was established to provide assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

1. Background

a. This Scholarship was established in 2019 to provide assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

b. This Scholarship is funded by the Australian Commonwealth Government.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicant must be applying for or being currently enrolled, full-time at the University of Sydney in a Commonwealth supported (HECS) undergraduate degree (including Honours or combined degrees).

b. Applicants must identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person as defined in the University of Sydney’s Confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity Policy 2015 and may be asked to provide documentation to confirm their identity.

c. Applicants must be from a rural, regional or remote Australian area.

d. Applicants must not have completed a Bachelor degree or higher qualification at the time of application, unless such qualification is a pre-requisite for their current undergraduate course of study as mentioned in Clause 2a.

e. Applications must apply for the Scholarships through UAC ( to be considered.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of:

I. level of remoteness of residential area prior to relocation to undertake studies at University of Sydney, and
II. level of other disadvantages, including financial, and
III. academic merit.

b. The Scholarship will be awarded by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) upon recommendation by a selection committee nominated by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) or their nominated delegates.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued at $5,000 per annum and is for one year only.

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

c. The Scholarship is transferrable to another undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney.

d. Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted without the prior permission of the Scholarships Office.

e. Recipients may hold the Scholarship on a part time basis due to extenuating circumstances (such as a medical condition) which limits the recipient’s capacity to undertake full time study. An application for a part-time scholarship must be submitted to the Scholarships Office. Where a part time scholarship is approved, payment will be 50% 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. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funds.

h. No other amount is payable.

5. Ongoing eligibility

a. To receive the second and final scholarship payment, the recipient must achieve a minimum Semester Average Mark (SAM) of 50 in the first 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.

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

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