Japanangka errol West Graduate Research Scholarship

This scholarship honours the life and work of the late Japanangka errol West, an internationally recognised poet and scholar. Japanangka errol was a leading Tasmanian Aboriginal academic, known for his scholarship in the field of Indigenous methodologies and pedagogies.

Value and Duration

The scholarship provides over $50,000pa for 3.5 years including a base stipend at the RTP rate of $31,500pa (2023 rate indexed annually) plus a $21,500 top-up pa.

Closing date

01 July 2023


The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

Applicants must:

  • be eligible to enrol in a full time Masters or Doctoral degree at the University of Tasmania in 2023, and
  • not be receiving an equivalent award, scholarship or salary to undertake the proposed program (equivalent being defined as greater than 75% of the stipend), an
  • meet the Australian Government’s definition of Aboriginality, which requires that an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
    • is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent;
    • identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person; and
    • is accepted as such by the community in which he or she lives or has lived
  • complete the declaration of Aboriginality.

*These scholarships are subject to Exemption 13/09/033 that permits advertising for and awarding of the scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates only.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College and the UTAS Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP) committee.


The scholarship is funded by the University of Tasmania and the Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP).

Application Process

Applicants may:

  • apply for an advertised HDR project listed on the Available Projects webpage; or,
  • contact the Office of Aboriginal Leadership for assistance in seeking a Supervisor to develop your own project

In your application, please indicate under Scholarship Support that you wish to be considered for a UTAS merit-based scholarship for a living allowance, as well as Japanangka errol West Graduate Research Scholarship.

After submitting your application for candidature, please contact GraduateResearch.Scholarships@utas.edu.au with your name, application ID number and the name of the scholarship you have applied for.

More information

For more information, please contact Huw Peacock in the Office of the PVC Aboriginal Leadership or the Graduate Research Office GraduateResearch.Scholarships@utas.edu.au