What are the Indigenous Staff Scholarships?
Indigenous Staff Scholarships provide professional development opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff working at universities. The scholarships are part of the Australian Government’s plan to help improve education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in higher education.
Up to five national scholarships are awarded each year.
Who can apply?
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees (academic or general) at an Australian university who actively encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to complete their higher education studies.
How do the scholarships work?
Successful applicants can take 12 months leave from their job to study full time in their chosen field. They receive up to $26,516 as a living allowance and up to $16,265 for tuition fees and student contribution amounts for the year.
Scholarships will be awarded on merit against the selection criteria outlined in the guidelines on this website.
Priority is given to staff at postgraduate levels who have not previously received an Indigenous Staff Scholarship. However, interested Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff studying at the undergraduate level are also invited to apply.
Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research on advice from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Advisory Council.
Indigenous staff scholarships requirements are detailed in Chapter 3 of the Commonwealth Scholarship Guidelines (CSG) in the Higher Education Support Act (HESA) 2003
Scholarship recipients and their Higher Education Provider are required to submit progress reports.
Reporting templates for students and providers
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2013 Scholarship Recipients
The following people are studying with an Indigenous Staff Scholarship in 2013:
- Ms Catherine Brown from James Cook University
- Ms Lisa Hanson from the University of Adelaide
- Ms Catherine Phoenix from the University of Newcastle
- Ms Roslyn Sackley from Macquarie University
- Ms Marnie Shay from the University of the Sunshine Coast.