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Marrung Scholarships Open Pathways To Excellence

Twenty Victorian students will share in $100,000 in scholarships, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Education James Merlino and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins today announced that applications are open for the 2018 Marrung Education Scholarship Awards.

Twenty two-year scholarships worth $5,000 will be awarded to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander government school students to help them thrive in the final years of their secondary education.

More than 160 students have shared in over $820,000 worth of scholarships since the program started in 2009.  The scholarships recognise students who demonstrate a high potential to succeed in their chosen pathway, including strong academic results and dedicated involvement in their local Aboriginal community.

Recipients of the 2017 scholarships came from 17 different government schools across Victoria. The students are seeking to pursue careers in professions such as law, psychiatry, design, sports, the arts, and physiotherapy.

Acacia Scott, a Besi woman from Mabuiag Island, received a 2017 Marrung Education Scholarship to help her to achieve her ambition to work in the legal profession.

Other winners including Rosebud Secondary College students Campbell Robbins and Bailey Corbett, who are pursuing their respective goals of working as a park ranger and in fashion design.

The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students completing the Victorian Certificate of Education, Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning or VET in Schools Certificate has been steadily increasing over the past five years. Figures have more than doubled from 271 students in 2011 to 570 in 2016.

The 2018 Marrung Education Scholarships close on November 10, 2017. Nominations can be submitted here.


Mary MacKillop Foundation Scholarship

Mary Mackillop‘s philosophy was to ‘never see a need without doing something about it’. In 1998 a woman of similar mind approached the Foundation with the intention of righting an inequality. She wanted to help level the educational playing field for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and enable them to succeed by offering financial assistance. The Tertiary Access and Support Scholarship supports students studying a tertiary qualification. The scholarship includes course fees, plus $3,000 per year towards living expenses associated with tertiary study for remaining years of course, pending successful completion of each semester, pending successful completion of each semester. Click here for more information. 


 Rowan Nicks Russell Drysdale Fellowship

The Rowan Nicks Russell Drysdale Fellowship is designed to support individuals wanting to make a contribution in the area of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and welfare. The Fellowship particularly aims to support the development of workers and future leaders in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and welfare.

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.


Eligibility: Australian citizens or permanent residents who have appropriate prior experience and/or education and wish to undertake approved programs / activities or further education or a research project.


Value: Up to $60,000 towards a salary, support or resources for a period of up to 12 months at a level commensurate with the Fellow's experience, qualifications and project proposal or a stipend and/or payment of course-fees to undertake approved training, education or research.

Further information: The Fellowship is awarded initially for a period of up to 12 months. Applications for 2018 are now open. The closing date is  22 September 2017. Download the application form (DOCX) and Terms and Conditions (PDF). For all enquiries please call Louise Lawler on 0418 251 864 or email louise.lawler@sydney.edu.au


Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice

The Commonwealth Fund's Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice provide a unique opportunity for mid-career health services researchers and practitioners from Australia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom to spend up to 12 months in the United States, conducting original research and working with leading U.S. health policy experts. Read a Harkness Fellowships brochure for more information, or visit their website.



Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme 


Scholarships are now open for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying entry level courses in 2017.

Eligible health professions are:

  • Aboriginal health work
  • Medicine (includes graduate entry level)
  • Allied health
  • Midwifery
  • Dentistry/oral health 
  • Nursing

For more information please visit the Australian College of Nursing's page


RMIT Ngarara Willim Centre

The Ngarara Willim Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples can support and encourage you throughout your studies. Ngarara Willim means ‘gathering place’ in the language of the Wurundjeri, the traditional custodians of the land where RMIT stands.

Click here to visit them.

Additionally, the following flyers may be helpful:

Ngarara Willim Centre Overview

Ngarara Willim Centre Access Program

Ngarara Willim Centre Scholarships

Ngarara Willim Centre Orientation

Ngarara Willim Centre Tutorial Programs


Graduate Women Victoria Scholarships

Graduate Women Victoria offers an annual program of scholarships and bursaries to female students enrolled in Victorian universities. Indigenous Scholarships are available, click here for more information.


Aboriginal postgraduate nursing and midwifery scholarships 

If you are working in a Victorian public or community health service, you may be eligible for a scholarship to support you to do postgraduate study.

Koolin Balit: Victorian Government strategic directions for Aboriginal health 2012-2022 outlines the Victorian Government’s strategic directions for Aboriginal health over the next ten years. Through this initiative, the department now funds postgraduate scholarships for Aboriginal Victorian registered nurses to undertake and complete a graduate certificate or graduate diploma.

Click here for more information