Gerard Driesen Scholarship to Support Indigenous Students

For Indigenous students enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts, worth up to $10,000.

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Applications are now closed

This scholarship provides:

  • up to $10,000 per year for up to the standard duration of program for Indigenous students
  • up to $10,000 for one year for non-Indigenous students.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • be be enrolled full-time semester 1 and 2 in 2022 in a bachelor degree program at RMIT
  • 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
    • living with a disability, long-term medical condition or identify as neurodiverse
    • experiencing personal/family/social difficulties
    • 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
      • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
      • were born overseas, are from a non-English background and recently migrated to Australia
      • current or former refugee
      • completed secondary school at a School Network Access Program school
  • have at least one year of full-time study left to complete.

Preference will be given to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students.

Preference will then be given to students in one of the following programs

The online application form will be made available here when applications open.

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.

If you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, you will need:

Please visit Supporting Your Application for more information.

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Applications now closed.

Applications now closed.

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions (PDF, 698KB).

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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