Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander undergraduate degree and postgraduate by coursework students from interstate or rural/regional Victoria; worth up to $49,000.

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Applications for Semester 1, 2025 open 1 August 2024

This scholarship provides:

  • up to $7,000 per year for full-time enrolled students (for the standard duration of program)
  • up to $3,500 per year for part-time enrolled students (for the standard duration of program)

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student
  • be an Australian citizen
  • be enrolling in an associate or bachelor degree, or a postgraduate by coursework program at RMIT in semester 1 2025 
  • be relocating or have relocated from a rural/regional area to study in Melbourne within the last four years
  • be able to provide proof of your Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent to the Ngarara Willim Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples if selected as an eligible recipient
  • not currently be receiving an Indigenous Accommodation Scholarship.

Preference will be given to students who are able to demonstrate financial hardship and who have relocated from a rural/regional area to study at RMIT.

It is preferred that you apply direct to RMIT for this scholarship.

Direct to RMIT applications

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

VTAC applications

Apply online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) website (

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.

Please visit Supporting Your Application for more information.

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Applications for Semester 1, 2025 open 1 August 2024.

Applications for Semester 1, 2025 open 1 August 2024.

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

Some of the terms and conditions include:

  • must demonstrate continued commitment and participation with the RMIT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community by either attending one social or one cultural activity through Ngarara Willim Centre per semester
  • must complete a survey at the beginning of each semester that includes providing continued financial and residency eligibility
  • must maintain satisfactory academic performance, which will be viewed at the completion of each semester
  • must engage an Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) tutor in the commencing year of study for your scholarship to continue into the second year
  • must participate in the Gamadji 2 Day Orientation program including the How to Manage your Scholarship session in the commencing year of study.

If eligible, you can also apply for:

Additional services and financial support may be available through the Ngarara Willim Centre. Please contact them for further information.

Moving to Melbourne

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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