RMIT Indigenous Accommodation Scholarship

For Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students who need to relocate to study at RMIT in Melbourne; worth up to $6,000, provides accommodation assistance.

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Applications are now open

If you are moving to Melbourne from interstate or regional Victoria and can provide evidence that you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, this scholarship can provide assistance towards your accommodation in Melbourne for the duration of your program.

The RMIT Indigenous Accommodation Scholarship is provided for the duration of your program at:

  • $6,000 per year if you are full-time enrolled and demonstrate financial disadvantage in your scholarship application; or
  • $3,000 per year if you are part-time enrolled and demonstrate financial disadvantage in your scholarship application; or
  • $3,000 per year if you are full-time enrolled and do not demonstrate financial disadvantage in your scholarship application; or
  • $1,500 per year if you are part-time enrolled and do not demonstrate financial disadvantage in your scholarship application.

This scholarship provides funds to assist in financing rental/shared accommodation in Melbourne.

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • 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 from an interstate or rural/regional area and moving/moved to Melbourne to study at RMIT in semester 1 2023 for the first time
  • 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 personal/family/social difficulties
    • 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
  • be commencing study in semester 1 2023 in a certificate IV, diploma, degree or postgraduate by coursework program at RMIT
  • have not previously commenced or completed a program at the same level of study or higher

In addition to the above:

  • to be considered for the full value of the scholarship per annum, you must demonstrate financial disadvantage in your scholarship application such as showing documentation that you receive a government tested low income benefit or have a Centrelink Health Care Card
  • you must not be enrolling in an apprenticeship or traineeship program

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

Direct to RMIT applications

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

VTAC applications

Apply online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) website (www.vtac.edu.au).

Supporting documentation

Before you begin your application, please visit Supporting Your Application for more information about supporting your application with evidence and answering application questions.

You will need:

If you cannot provide the required confirmation documentation by the due date, please review the RMIT Accommodation Scholarship whose eligibility is based on financial and educational circumstances.  

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Applications are now open. 

Applications close 11:59PM Sunday 16 October 2022. No late applications will be accepted.

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions.

This scholarship is paid as a stipend (in fortnightly payments) and not as a lump sum.

For assistance in finding accommodation in Melbourne, visit our accommodation section which advertises various types of rental/shared vacancies.

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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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