Indigenous Student Success Program

Education is a key factor in improving your economic and social well being. The Commonwealth also understands the significant benefit of an education environment that acknowledges, respects and embraces Indigenous peoples’ cultures, languages, traditions and spirituality.

Important dates

Applications open Monday 4 February 2019.


Applications close Monday 25 March 2019 5pm.

Benefits

Various benefits available, please refer to individual scholarships listed below.

I-Aspire

Indigenous Higher Education Scholarship

Do you need some additional educational costs support so you can focus on achieving academic success in your studies? Please consider applying for the I-Aspire Indigenous Higher Education Scholarship.

To be eligible, you need to be:

  • enrolled in the first year of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Deakin University in Trimester 1 2019 and
  • experiencing financial or personal hardship.

Benefits

$2000 one-off cash payment.

I-Engage

Indigenous Digital Access Scholarship

If you have additional education technology costs, please consider applying for the I-Engage Indigenous Digital Access Scholarship.

To be eligible, you need to be:

  • enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Deakin University in Trimester 1 2019 and
  • experiencing financial or personal hardship.

Benefits

$1000 JB Hi-Fi voucher OR laptop package.

I-Succeed

Indigenous Academic Performance Scholarship

Focus on achieving academic success in your studies rather than your education costs by applying for the I-Succeed Indigenous Academic Performance Scholarship.

To be eligible, you need to be:

  • enrolled in the second or subsequent year of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Deakin University in Trimester 1 2019 and
  • have achieved satisfactory academic progress.

Benefits

$2000 one-off cash payment.

Eligibility criteria

Prospective candidates should ensure they meet all criteria before submitting their application.

To be eligible you must be:

  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Deakin University in Trimester 1 2019
  • enrolled full time in a Commonwealth supported place unless there are exceptional circumstances preventing full time study
  • in receipt of a Centrelink benefit or can demonstrate that you have a personal or family taxable income below $56,000, depending on independence status.

Consideration will be given to students experiencing financial disadvantage, and/or students from regional and remote areas.

The following will be taken into consideration when applications are assessed:

  • the degree of your involvement in your local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community
  • financial, education or social disadvantage
  • responsibility for others
  • disability status.

Your application

Supporting documents

As part of the application process you will also be required to provide supporting documentation. Late or incomplete documentation will not be accepted.

The supporting documentation required includes evidence of:

  • financial hardship
  • any statement you have provided in your online application (such as residence in a regional or remote area; any other disadvantage you are experiencing).

The types of documents you could provide are listed on the supporting documentation page.

Application tips

Applying for a scholarship isn't just about meeting the eligibility criteria.

It's a good idea to think about why you want a scholarship, it’s your opportunity to stand out from the crowd and be recognised for where you’ve come from and where you need to go.

Read our top tips on applying for a scholarship

How to apply

One application for three scholarships

If you follow the steps and select the 'Indigenous Student Support Program' option, your application will automatically be considered for these three scholarships in the selection process. This reduces the number of scholarships applications and increases your chances of receiving a scholarship.

You can apply for directly through our Course and Scholarship applicant portal.

Visit our applicant portal

What happens next?

Your application will be assessed and ranked based on the information you provide in your application and supporting documentation.

You'll find out if you were successful up to six weeks after applications close.