Davies Dunn Scholarship

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander postgraduate by coursework students; worth up to $5,000 per year.

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Applications are now open

The Davies Dunn Scholarship provides up to $5,000 per year for up to two years.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • be enrolling full-time in a postgraduate by coursework program at RMIT (or studying part-time with exceptional circumstances) in semester 1 2023
  • register with RMIT’s Ngarara Willim Centre and provide documentation confirming that you are an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander by the scholarship application due date
  • be able to demonstrate circumstance/s which impact your ability to study such as:
    • receiving a government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card
    • having a long-term medical condition or disability
    • experiencing difficult family/social circumstances
    • be from an interstate or rural/regional area and moving/moved to Melbourne to study at RMIT
    • have previously/are currently living in foster/kinship care or are a ward of the state
    • be from an under-represented background such as completed secondary school at a School Network Access Program school
  • have at least one year of your program left to complete
  • be able to demonstrate participation in your local, indigenous and/or university community
  • be passionate about your study and future career

Preference is given to commencing students studying a Juris Doctor or STEM-related program. 

Complete the online application by the close date. Partial applications will not be assessed. 

Supporting documentation

Depending on your circumstances, you will need to provide different types of evidence and material to support your scholarship application. Applications without supporting documents will not be considered.

You will need:

Please visit Supporting Your Application for more information.

Application questions

It is expected that the online application will take approximately thirty minutes to complete. The main application questions are listed below to allow you time to prepare your answers prior to starting the online application.

  • What motivated you to choose your RMIT program? Include the steps you have taken to achieve your educational goals.

  • What are your future plans and career aspirations?

  • What current challenges do you face in your studies and how will a scholarship help you to overcome this?

  • Please articulate how you are connected and/or contribute to your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Applications are now open.

Applications close 11:59PM Sunday 5 March 2023. No late applications will be accepted.

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions.

Contact Ngarara Willim Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples or find out how to contact the Coursework Scholarships Office.

Notice to applicants

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

Only successful candidates will be notified via email to their RMIT student account.

For information about other financial assistance available to RMIT students, please speak to one of our Student Welfare Advisors.

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