Scholarships

The Riawunna Centre provides a number of scholarships and bursaries as part of the University of Tasmania's Scholarships Program which provides students with significant financial and academic support to study.

Awards are offered in a wide range of disciplines and selection is based on academic merit and/or financial need. They are available to students studying at undergraduate, honours, and postgraduate coursework levels.

Submitting an application

The scholarship program runs on a calendar year basis. Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open in early August and close strictly on the 31st October in the year prior. The exception to this is scholarships for continuing engineering students, which open in April/May and close 30 June.

There is a very limited mid-year round for Honours scholarships, overseas scholarships for domestic students, and the Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships. Applications for these awards open in early May and close 30 June.

Applicants who apply for the following scholarships/bursaries must meet the Commonwealth definition of Aboriginality to be eligible.

The Commonwealth definition of who is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person is as follows:

  • is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent;
  • who identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person; and
  • is accepted as such by the community in which he/she lives.

Three (3) bursaries are awarded annually by the Riawunna Centre.

Eligibility

Available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students studying at the University of Tasmania to assist with costs of accommodation, text books, etc.

On-going Eligibility

To retain this award, recipients are required to achieve a minimum Pass result in all units studied each semester.

Amount

$1,000

Duration

One year

Closing Date

31 October 2014

This scholarship is provided by the Riawunna Centre to encourage an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander post graduate student to undertake honours or postgraduate coursework at the University of Tasmania.

Eligibility

The Bursary is available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander post graduate students undertaking honours or postgraduate coursework at the University of Tasmania.

On-going Eligibility

To retain this award, recipients are required to achieve a minimum Pass result in all units studied each semester.

Amount

$5,000

Duration

One year

Closing Date

31 October 2014

This scholarship is provided by the Riawunna Centre, to encourage Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students from the north-west of Tasmania to undertake study at the University of Tasmania.

Eligibility

The Bursary is available to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student from the north-west of Tasmania commencing any undergraduate course.

On-going Eligibility

To retain this award, recipients are required to achieve a minimum Pass result in all units studied each semester.

Amount

$1,500

Duration

One year

Closing Date

31 October 2014

The Riawunna Bursary is intended to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Tasmania with the cost of education in Years 11 and 12 and during the first year of their undergraduate course at the University of Tasmania.

Eligibility

The Bursary is available to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students who are enrolled in Year 10 at the time of application and committed to attend Year 11 and 12, then undertake study at the University of Tasmania.

On-going Eligibility

Recipients must undertake at least two (2) pre-tertiary subjects in both Years 11 and 12; and have an attendance record of at least 95% for the duration of the Bursary - Year 11 and 12 and in the first year of university.

The recipients must also meet with the Aboriginal Higher Education Officer (AHEO)or other staff from Riawunna at least twice a year at a Progress Meeting.

Please refer to the Guiding Principles (PDF 568.8KB) for further information and the Application form (PDF 459.9KB).

Amount

Year 11 - $400
Year 12 - $600
1st Year Uni - $1,000

Duration

Three years

Closing Date

9 December 2016

Takamuna Scholarship For Accommodation (ICAS)

The Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP) has been introduced by the Federal Government from 1 January 2017. This new program combines the Indigenous Support Program, the Commonwealth Scholarships program, and tutorial assistance previously funded through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, into a single flexible program. The aim of the ISSP is to improve progression and completion rates for Indigenous higher education students and provides universities more flexibility to implement responses that best meet the needs of individual students by providing scholarships, counselling and tutorial assistance, for example. Visit http://www.utas.edu.au/riawunnaif you would like further information on these opportunities.

Commonwealth Scholarship Guidelines (see Part 5) (PDF 759KB)

Eligibility

Funding for the takamuna Scholarship for Accommodation is provided by the Federal Government to assist Indigenous students with costs associated with university study. For Government reporting purposes, the scholarship is considered by the Government to be an Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (ICAS).

The general eligibility for the scholarship is that recipients must - be an Australian citizen; be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; be from a low socio-economic background; be studying a minimum of 37.5% per semester at UTAS; have needed to relocate from a regional or remote area to attend on-campus study; and not be in receipt of a Centrelink Relocation Scholarship or Centrelink Residential Costs Option.

The scholarship is available to students undertaking any course at the University, including students who were in receipt of an ICAS prior to 2017 but became ineligible for future payments due to reaching maximum duration. Under the new funding agreement there is no longer a limit on the number of payments a student is able to receive for this scholarship.

On-going Eligibility

To retain this award, recipients are required to achieve a minimum Pass result in all units studied each semester.

Amount

$2,500

Duration

One semester

Closing Date

30 June 2017

Apply

Apply online prior to closing date. Applications cannot be submitted after closing date. As applicants will be assessed on the quality of application, all questions should be answered in full. Please ensure care is taken with spelling and grammar.

The Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP) has been introduced by the Federal Government from 1 January 2017. This new program combines the Indigenous Support Program, the Commonwealth Scholarships program, and tutorial assistance previously funded through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, into a single flexible program. The aim of the ISSP is to improve progression and completion rates for Indigenous higher education students and provides universities more flexibility to implement responses that best meet the needs of individual students by providing scholarships, counselling and tutorial assistance, for example. Visit http://www.utas.edu.au/riawunna if you would like further information on these opportunities.

Commonwealth Scholarship Guidelines (see Part 5)(PDF 759KB)

Eligibility

Funding for the takamuna Scholarship for Education Costs is provided by the Federal Government to assist Indigenous students with costs associated with university study. For Government reporting purposes, the scholarship is considered by the Government to be an Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS).

The general eligibility for the scholarship is that recipients must - be an Australian citizen; be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; be from a low socio-economic background; be studying a minimum of 37.5% per semester at UTAS; and not be in receipt of a Centrelink Start-up Loan or Centrelink Start-up Scholarship.

The scholarship is available to students undertaking any course at the University, including students who were in receipt of an ICECS prior to 2017 but became ineligible for future payments due to reaching maximum duration. Under the new funding agreement there is no longer a limit on the number of payments a student is able to receive for this scholarship.

On-going Eligibility

To retain this award, recipients are required to achieve a minimum Pass result in all units studied each semester.

Amount

$1,250

Duration

One semester

Closing Date

30 June 2017

Apply

Apply online prior to closing date. Applications cannot be submitted after closing date. As applicants will be assessed on the quality of application, all questions should be answered in full. Please ensure care is taken with spelling and grammar.

Indigenous scholarships website 

The Indigenous scholarships website is a comprehensive searchable database of undergraduate and postgraduate funding opportunities for Indigenous Australians.