Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships

In Semester 1, 2017 the Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships Scheme changed due to updates to government funding and legislation. Check the eligibility requirements to make sure you can still apply.

Available for

Student type:
  • Current domestic undergraduate students
  • Future domestic undergraduate students
  • Of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Struggling financially
  • From regional, rural or remote areas
Study type:
  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate coursework
  • Postgraduate research
  • Business
  • Creative Industries
  • Education
  • Health
  • Law
  • Science and Engineering

Eligibility details

You must be one of:

  • an Australian citizen (including dual citizens)
  • a permanent resident of Australia
  • a permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • a New Zealand citizen.

You must also be:

  • of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • from a low-income background
  • experiencing financial hardship
  • enrolled in or applying for an undergraduate, postgraduate coursework or postgraduate research course at QUT.

We also take personal hardship into consideration when assessing applications. This includes:

  • personal medical conditions
  • disabilities
  • dependants with special needs.

If you're financially comfortable, and don't experience financial hardship, you should not apply for these scholarships. Academic results are not taken into consideration for these scholarships, only financial need.

Available scholarships

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be considered for the:

  • Indigenous Bursary (IB)
  • Indigenous Costs Scholarship (ICS).

We also offer the Indigenous Relocation Scholarship (IRS) if you:

  • have relocated to study from a regional or remote area of Australia, and are able to provide evidence of your prior address in order to meet residence relocation requirements
  • are studying the majority of your course as an internal students, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Current scholarship holders

If you've previously received a Commonwealth Scholarship from QUT, and you'll continue to receive it in 2017, you can't reapply for any other Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships. You may be eligible for scholarships through the Equity Scholarships Scheme. Contact the Equity Scholarships team to discuss your options.

If your Commonwealth Scholarship has ended because you've received the maximum amount of payments or you're no longer eligible, we encourage you to apply for other scholarships or bursaries through the Equity Scholarships Scheme.

What you receive

You may receive one or more of:

  • an Indigenous Bursary (IB) of $1,500 for one year only, to assist Indigenous students from low-income backgrounds to undertake study at QUT
  • an Indigenous Relocation Scholarship (IRS) of $5,000 for one year only, to assist Indigenous students who have relocated from a rural or remote area to study at QUT
  • an Indigenous Costs Scholarship (ICS) of $3,500 for one year only, to assist Indigenous students meet the cost of living and studying while at QUT.

These scholarships are subject to federal government funding.

How to apply

Applications for Semester 1, 2017 are now closed.

Applications for Semester 2, 2017 will open in late May 2017.

Completing the application form

To be considered for this scholarship, you need to apply through our Equity Scholarships Scheme.

You only need to submit one application form to be considered for all scholarships under the scheme. Make sure you follow the instructions to supply all relevant supporting documents by the closing date.

What happens next

We will assess your application and score it against our selection criteria.

We allocate scholarships based on need. Students with the greatest need will receive the highest value scholarships. The number of scholarships available will determine the cut-off to receive a scholarship.

When will I know the outcome of my application?

If you applied for a Semester 1, 2017 scholarship and submitted all your supporting documents by 24 February 2017, we'll let you know whether your application was successful by early March 2017.

These offer dates are subject to federal government funding.


You can't concurrently hold a QUT Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship and a scholarship of the same or similar type administered by Centrelink. If you are unsure if this situation applies to you, contact the Equity Scholarships team.


The Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships are for Indigenous students from low-income backgrounds, and Indigenous students who face significant financial barriers to studying at university.

The Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines are currently being drafted by the federal government and once released may change how these scholarships are managed.

These scholarships will be available subject to federal government funding.


Equity Scholarships Team

  • Level 3, C Block, Room 301
    Kelvin Grove

  • Monday-Friday
    (Closed public holidays)

  • Postal address:
    QUT Equity Scholarships
    Victoria Park Rd
    Kelvin Grove, Qld 4059