Scholarships and Cadetships

Indigenous Allied Health Australia encourages all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are interested in a career in allied health to investigate the support options available to them.

The links below provide you with the tools to find a scholarship or grant that best suits your needs.  It is important to explore available support options to move towards achieving a career in allied health.

If you have any trouble accessing scholarship information through the links below, please give us a call on (02) 6285 1010 or email us for assistance.

Scholarships suitable for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people interested in studying areas of allied health:

Scholarships Currently Open:

Australian Catholic University Scholarships - Various

Australian Catholic University (ACU) – is offering the below Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Only Scholarships (Not limited to Allied Health Only). Please follow the links for more information. 

Maev O’Collins Social Work Scholarship – Established in 2015 by Ellen Maev O’Collins for the purpose of assisting ACU’s Social work and Health Sciences students at the Canberra campus to overcome financial disadvantage. Value – One scholarship valued at $3,500, paid in one lump sum.

For more information on the Scholarship Click Here

Bennelong Foundation Scholarship – Established in 2015, the Bennelong Foundation Scholarship is intended to assist Indigenous students from regional Victoria who are experiencing financial disadvantage. Value – One scholarship with a total value of $7,500 is available. An annual payment of $2,500 will be paid, for a maximum of three years.

For more information on the Scholarship Click Here

Francis Xavier Conaci Scholarship – Established in 2016 by ACU Vice Chancellor, Professor Greg Craven, this scholarship is to honour Francis Xavier Conaci, a young Aboriginal man who joined the Benedictines and was sent to Rome for his education. This scholarship will assist an ACU student to attend the UNCC300 core curriculum unit at the ACU Rome Centre. Value – One scholarship valued at $3,000 is available each year, paid in one lump sum.

For more information on the Scholarship Click Here

Indigenous Access Scholarship – The Indigenous Access Scholarships (IAS) are intended to assist Indigenous students to undertake tertiary study. Value – The IAS is valued at $4,904, paid in two equal installments. The IAS can only be received once in a lifetime.

For more information on the Scholarship Click Here

Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship – The Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarships (Indigenous-CAS) are intended to assist with accommodation costs. Value – The Indigenous-CAS is valued at $5,199 per year (indexed annually), paid as one installment each semester for up to 8 semesters.

For more information on the Scholarship Click Here

Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship – The Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (Indigenous-CECS) are intended to assist with education costs. Value –  The Indigenous-CECS is valued at $2,599 per year (indexed annually), paid as one instalment each semester for up to 8 semesters.

For more information on the Scholarship Click Here

Mary MacKillop Scholarship – Established by the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, Queensland, through Australian Catholic University, to commemorate and honour the work of their foundress Mary MacKillop. This scholarship recognises and rewards undergraduate ACU students who can demonstrate support and involvement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Value – One scholarship valued at $2,500 is available each year, paid in one lump sum.

For more information on the Scholarship Click Here

Nano Nagle Scholarship – Established by the Presentation Sisters, Queensland Congregation, to commemorate and honour the work of their founder Nano Nagle. Members of the Order have become aware of the injustices perpetrated against the traditional owners of the land and therefore have begun to be involved in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation process and to appreciate, and learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spirituality, culture and history. The specific goal of these scholarships is to encourage the development of leadership skills of emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders through professional preparation during their studies. Value – One scholarship valued at $2,500 per annum is available each year, paid as one installment each semester for the duration of the recipient’s course.

For more information on the Scholarship Click Here

Pratt Foundation Bursary – Established in 2004 by a grant from the Pratt Foundation which was established by the philanthropists Richard and Jeanne Pratt. Value – One bursary valued at $2,500 is available each year, paid in one lump sum.

For more information on the Scholarship Click Here

Strathfield Campus Student Association Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Assistance Bursary – First awarded in 2014, this bursary is funded by the Strathfield Campus Student Association to support an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student studying at the ACU Strathfield Campus. Value – One bursary valued at $1,000 is available each year, paid in one lump sum.

For more information on the Scholarship Click Here

Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research

The Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research (GC-IRPRO) is a highly regarded one-week intensive program aimed at developing research skills from an Indigenous perspective. It is also a fully recognised award course of the University of Melbourne. Applications close 5 December 2016 

For more information on the Scholarships Click Here

Certificate II Scholarship Program - Continence Promotion and Care

Free Training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and health professionals working with indigenous people.

The Continence Foundation of Australia is offering 20 fully funded positions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers or health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to complete a 100% distance-based, nationally accredited course in continence promotion and care.

For more information on the Scholarships Click Here

Indigenous Scholarship for School Leavers

Endeavour is offering up to two scholarships for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander year 12 secondary school leavers.

For more information on the Scholarships Click Here

Deeble Institute of Health Policy Research 2017 6 Week Scholarship

The Deeble Institute of Health Policy Research is offering six-week scholarships for postgraduate tertiary students. The scholarship is based in Canberra and is designed to support talented students to produce an Issues Brief on an important national health services or health policy topic. The purpose of the Summer Research Scholarship program is to provide post-graduate students with an opportunity to work in a knowledge exchange organisation so that they gain a better understanding of how to make academic research relevant to policymakers and practitioners. The program also provides an opportunity for scholars to experience what it is like to work in a peak national health body and to establish connections with policymakers and practitioners working in their field of research.

Why apply?

Successful applicants will receive:

  • an honorarium of $1,800 payable as a one-off amount at the conclusion of the six-week placement, subject to completion of expected outcomes
  • the opportunity to gain training and work experience in a health policy knowledge translation organisation
  • the opportunity to participate in the broader work of the AHHA and Deeble Institute, which may include meetings with senior policymakers, health services providers and academics, visits to government departments, and Policy Think Tanks
  • support from a mentor who will provide advice during the research project
  • a fully-equipped work-station within the AHHA office in Canberra.

For more information on the 2017 Scholarships contact  deebleadmin@ahha.asn.au.

Rotary Aboriginal Oral Health Scholarships

Rotary Aboriginal Oral Health Scholarships

The University of Sydney’s Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, along with the Rotary Club of Sydney, are leading a much-needed initiative to increase the number of Aboriginal people trained in oral healthcare in a bid to dramatically improve dental health in Aboriginal communities.

The Poche Centre has joined forces with the Armajun Aboriginal Health Service, Rotary Club of Sydney, the University’s Faculty of Dentistry, and the Centre for Oral Health Strategy NSW to launch the Aboriginal Oral Health Scholarships. The scheme will offer financial assistance for at least 24 Aboriginal people to study the Certificate III in Dental Assisting and/or the Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Oral Health Promotion).

The project will provide training for Aboriginal people living in regional and remote areas of NSW to become qualified dental assistants and also assist pathways into higher education studies such as oral health therapy or dentistry. The scholarships will enable Aboriginal recipients to remain in their community and maintain employment and local activities.

Candidates may be:

  • In year 11 or 12 and seeking a vocational pathway
  • Already be working as dental assistants (without qualifications)
  • Aboriginal health workers interested in an additional qualification

Each scholarship is valued at $15,000 and will provide over two years:

  • One on one mentoring for each scholarship recipient
  • Course fees
  • Computer and internet access
  • Face to face and on-line learning
  • Career education planning

To apply: Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, (02) 9114 0829, poche.admin@sydney.edu.au or visit www.facebook.com/pochecentre

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Program

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Program

In order for the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders communities to be adequately met by pharmacists, there is a need for more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pharmacists to work in the industry. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme aims to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to undertake undergraduate or graduate studies in pharmacy at university.

ELIGIBILITY

In order to be eligible for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme, applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent enrolled, or about to be enrolled, as a full-time student in a pharmacy undergraduate or graduate degree at an Australian university. Scholarships are available to students in any year of their undergraduate or graduate degree.

The student must also be a member of the student Rural Health Club or a member of their university’s affiliated Rural Health Club. Proof of membership is required prior to receiving scholarship payments.

Although not a mandatory requirement, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who currently live, or have lived, in a rural or remote community will be preferred for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme.

PAYMENTS

A total of 3 scholarships valued at $15,000 per annum for a maximum of four years are offered annually. Study at honours level beyond the length of an undergraduate course is not covered by the scholarship.

Funds are paid by the Guild in monthly instalments via direct Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).

PROGRAM SPECIFIC GUIDELINES

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship (pdf – 111 kB)

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Roberta Sykes Scholarship

Roberta Sykes Scholarship

The Roberta Sykes Scholarship provides supplementary financial assistance to Indigenous postgraduate students who wish to undertake studies at recognised overseas universities.

The value of the Scholarship is up to $30,000 for the period of one year, paid directly to the recipient in equal instalments at the start of each semester or term, subject to satisfactory academic progress. Applicants may reapply for the Scholarship in subsequent years.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have an undergraduate degree with a strong academic record
  • Be accepted into a postgraduate coursework or research degree at a recognised overseas university
  • Be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and be accepted as such by the community in which they live or have lived
  • Be able to demonstrate that they have, or will have, sufficient funds to support themselves during the course of their postgraduate degree (such as through another scholarship, private sponsorship or personal funds)
  • Be able to demonstrate that their studies will be of benefit to their community upon their return to Australia.

Applications for part-time study will be considered in special circumstances.

Applications for 2016 are now closed. However, applications are accepted throughout the year with varying deadlines so please visit http://www.robertasykesfoundation.com/roberta-sykes-scholarships.html to learn more.

Undergraduate Scholarships - Helping students with remote placement

Undergraduate Scholarships – Helping students with remote placement

In addition to the professional connections, access to resources and support undergraduate students gain from CRANAplus membership, there is the possibility of being awarded an Undergraduate Remote Placement Scholarship. The scholarships offer financial assistance to support students who are interested in working remotely giving them the opportunity to experience a remote health setting first hand. This demonstrates the commitment of CRANAplus to the future remote health workforce.
About the scholarships

Each year CRANAplus offers a number of scholarships. These scholarships provide financial assistance of up to $1000 per applicant, per remote placement. They can be applied to the cost of fares, accommodation and other incidental costs incurred by a student undertaking an undergraduate placement in a remote area of Australia and its external Territories.

The closing date for the scholarship application is the 31st July of each year.

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Scholarships Opening Soon: 

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Indigenous Scholarships Website

indigenous scholarships

Click here to find a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Scholarships range in value from a $500 one-off payment to $100,000, paid over the duration of a student’s course.

This website is a not-for-profit venture run by The Aurora Project and The Charlie Perkins Trust for Children & Student, more information can be found at www.auroraproject.com.au.

Indigenous Allied Health Australia encourages all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are interested in a career in allied health to investigate the support options available to them.

The Australian Government has the Indigenous Cadetship Support Program available to people interested in a career, not only in allied health, but within a government setting.

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Cadetships

National Indigenous Cadetship Project

The Indigenous Cadetship Support (ICS) is an Australian Government initiative that improves the professional employment prospects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It links Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary students with employers in a cadetship arrangement involving full-time study and negotiated work placements.

Cadetships enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to gain the professional qualifications and experience needed for a range of jobs in the private, public and community sectors and assists them to move into employment on completion of their studies.

Payments

The ICS provides up to $7,050 per semester to employers to support cadets with a living allowance and study-related costs and offset employer administration costs. Other forms of assistance, including travel assistance for cadets who are studying or undertaking their work placement away from home, are also available. Cadets are paid a wage by their employer during their work placement.

For further information click here.