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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. 


Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership

The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership fosters leadership, providing exceptional people with the support they need to achieve their vision for their communities by investing in recognised leaders and providing opportunities to emerging leaders within Victoria's Indigenous communities.  The Fellowship supports past, present and future Indigenous leaders who are committed to achieving positive change for Indigenous Victorians and strengthening links between all Australians. We are currently 'Calling for Applications' for a Fellow and two Emerging Leaders.  The closing date is for applications is 5.00pm on Thursday 31st August 2017.


The successful applicants will receive $70,000 per annum for a Fellow over 3 years and $30,000 over 12 months to each Emerging Leader to enable them to concentrate their efforts on personal and professional development and to focus on leadership in their community.  For more information, or to apply please visit their website at:




 The House Call Doctor Futures in Health Indigenous Scholarship

The House Call Doctor Futures in Health Indigenous Scholarship recognises the immense contributions of Indigenous Australians throughout all sectors of society. However, the scholarship also acknowledges that Indigenous health professionals remain too few, numbering an estimated 0.3% of the national healthcare workforce. The Futures in Health Indigenous Scholarship will recognise students who have not only demonstrated exceptional academic performance, but also displayed a commitment to their local community and personal development,” said House Call Doctor CEO, Mr Wayne Ormond. “House Call Doctor provides excellence in healthcare, and we are proud to support dedicated students as they embark upon this exciting and rewarding career path.” One student will receive $10,000 to go towards their academic costs in 2018. Applications will open on 15th June 2017 and close on 15th December 2017. To apply please visit their website.



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