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.

If you would like some additional educational financial support, so you can focus on achieving academic success in your studies, please consider applying for the Indigenous Higher Education Scholarship.

Important dates

Applications for Trimester/Semester 2 2024 open 12 June 2024.

Applications for Trimester/Semester 2 2024 close 24 July 2024 at 5pm


This scholarship offers one-off cash payment of up to $2000.

Eligibility criteria

Indigenous Higher Education Scholarship

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/Semester 2 2024
  • experiencing financial and/or personal hardship.

Preference will be given to students from remote and very remote areas as defined by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard – Remoteness Area (ASGS-RA). To see areas classified under ASGS-RA, search the Health Workforce Locator. Tick ASGS Remoteness Areas 2016, enter your address and click Search Location.

Selection criteria

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
  • location, 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 upload current supporting documentation.

When you apply for this scholarship, you'll need to supply evidence of your financial and/or medical hardship (if applicable).

Make sure you choose the correct document type when you upload your documents as it will make a difference. If your documents are uploaded into the incorrect type they will not be considered when assessing your application. Remember it is quality, not quantity, which you need to provide. Aim to provide documents which are current, relevant and concise.

Read more about supporting documentation

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, how it will help you and what you have to offer the Deakin community.

Read our 5 top tips on applying for a scholarship

How to apply

Apply directly to Deakin

You can apply for this scholarship directly to Deakin through our Scholarship Application Portal.

Apply for this scholarship

The scholarship application process is highly competitive with a limited number of scholarships available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.

What happens next?

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

If you are successful, you will be contacted by the email address you nominated within your application portal account, unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted.

You'll find out if you were successful usually within four weeks of the application closing date. If you have not received an offer by this time, you have been unsuccessful. You can view the status of your application via your scholarship application portal account.

Next offering period

This scholarship is yet to be confirmed for any future offering periods. Please check back at this page at a later date for any updates.