The Indigenous Commonwealth Education Scholarship and Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship are for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students who have experienced financial hardship, and/or education disadvantage that has impacted their ability to achieve their full potential.

The Indigenous Commonwealth Education Scholarship is valued at $12,000, paid over a maximum of eight payments.

The Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship is valued at $22,000, paid over a maximum of eight payments.

Apply by: 4 pm Monday 31 January 2022

Can I apply?

To be eligible you must:

  • be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • be a domestic undergraduate student commencing University (this includes school leavers and non-school leavers) in 2022
  • be relocating from a regional or remote area
  • demonstrate financial disadvantage by either:
    • being in receipt of a means-tested Commonwealth income support payment; or
    • a comprehensive assessment by the University.
  • Not have completed the requirements for an Australian Bachelor award unless such an award is a pre-requisite to their undergraduate program of enrolment and there is no alternate pathway into that program

For detailed eligibility please see the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships Policy.

What do I include in my application?

To be considered for this scholarship you must complete the following sections within the application:

Study details

  • Secondary education history (commencing students)

Personal background

  • Income and expenditure
  • Scholarships
  • Circumstances

The assessment is made on the basis of an assessment in accordance with the following five categories:

  1. Financial hardship
  2. Home environment and responsibilities
  3. English language difficulty
  4. Personal illness and disability
  5. Educational disruption.

Priority will be given to students who:

  • are not in receipt of any other Commonwealth-funded scholarship, such as the Centrelink Start-Up Scholarship or Relocation Grant, and in accordance with any Commonwealth legislation; and
  • either demonstrate the potential for or have the proven ability for successful academic progression.

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  • The Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship, maximum value $22,000, for a maximum of eight payments.
  • The Indigenous Commonwealth Education Scholarship, maximum value $12,000, for a maximum of eight payments.

Sponsor details

These scholarships are sponsored by the Commonwealth Government.

The following conditions apply:

  • Successful applicants are officially notified in writing of the outcome of their applications.
  • A scholarship recipient must accept their admission offer from Griffith University and accept the scholarship by the date indicated on the offer, or the scholarship offer will be withdrawn and directed to another applicant.
  • A scholarship recipient must enrol and maintain enrolment as a full-time student in an undergraduate degree, at the census date for the trimester to which the benefit applies. In exceptional circumstances, a scholarship benefit may be provided to a part-time student on approval by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education). The University will take into account factors such as membership of equity target groups, requirement to undertake employment to maintain financial solvency, the impact of disability and/or significant carer responsibilities in determining whether scholarship benefits will be maintained for part-study. Scholarship recipients who are approved to study part-time will undertake a minimum of 20 credit points per trimester. The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) may approve variations.
  • A scholarship recipient must remain in good academic standing, a recipient excluded from study under any University policy, loses their scholarship.
  • A scholarship recipient may be required to provide documentation to satisfy the requirements of the scholarship, each trimester, in order to maintain their scholarship.
  • A scholarship recipient may take leave of absence in accordance with University policy. The maximum period of approved leave which a scholarship recipient may take without losing their scholarship is 12 consecutive months. Scholarship benefits are suspended for the period of leave of absence.
  • A scholarship recipient who is not enrolled and is not on approved leave of absence loses their scholarship.
  • Scholarship recipients who are on approved cross-institutional study continue to remain eligible for scholarship benefits. Scholarship receipts are required to provide documentation to prove cross-institutional study and academic load.
  • A scholarship recipient may change their degree program and/or participate in a Bachelor Honours Degree program.
  • Where the duration of the scholarship benefit has not exceeded the maximum number of payments, the scholarship recipient may use the balance of the scholarship for a Bachelor Honours Degree program.
  • Should the University know or have reason to believe that a student in receipt of a Commonwealth Scholarship has provided false or misleading information, their application is reassessed and, where appropriate, the Commonwealth Government advised of the outcome. Refer Student Misconduct Policy.
  • Scholarship recipients in their final trimester of study with less than a full-time study load remain eligible for scholarship benefits.

The above conditions are verified each trimester at census date. If a scholarship recipient fails to successfully meet these conditions, scholarship payments may be withheld, or the scholarship may be terminated.

Applications must be completed and submitted by the closing date.

Offers are made via email.

Applicants may be shortlisted and be required to provide additional information.

Griffith University reserves the right to withdraw an advertised scholarship at any time.