Cedar Pacific Indigenous Accommodation Scholarship

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who need to relocate to study at RMIT in Melbourne; provides a rental subsidy for accommodation at UniLodge Royal Melbourne.

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Applications for semester 2 2022 now open

In semester 2 2022 the scholarship will be paid as a rental subsidy for a standard studio at UniLodge Royal Melbourne for up to two and a half years.

For students who can demonstrate financial disadvantage, the full weekly cost is subsidised by this scholarship (worth up to $21,788 for a full year or $10,894 for a single semester).

For applicants who cannot demonstrate financial disadvantage a student contribution of $120 per week is required for the duration of the lease ($6,240 for a full year / $3,120 for a single semester).


  • if you study at the Bundoora campus, please be aware that it can take over 1.5 hours to travel by public transport from the city and is not a suitable accommodation option. Please instead review the UniLodge@ RMIT Bundoora Accommodation Scholarship

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • be an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • be an Australian citizen
  • be relocating or have relocated from interstate or rural/regional Victoria to study at RMIT in Melbourne within the last four years
  • be enrolled full-time in semester 2 2022 in a certificate IV, diploma, degree or postgraduate by coursework program at RMIT
  • not already be residing in student accommodation
  • have not commenced or completed the same or higher level of award
  • register with RMIT’s Ngarara Willim Centre and provide documentation showing that you are an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander by the application close date

If you are a certificate IV or diploma student you must:

  • not be in an apprenticeship or traineeship program

Complete the online application by the application close date.  In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must submit a complete online application. Partial applications will not be assessed.

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Supporting documentation

Before you begin your application, please visit Supporting documentation for more information about supporting your application with evidence and answering application questions. This also website also provides what are suitable forms of evidence for demonstrating financial disadvantage.

If you are applying as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person you are required to establish eligibility for this scholarship by providing supporting documentation confirming that you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. Submit your documentation direct to RMIT’s Ngarara Willim Centre Centre. See Indigenous eligibility for more information.

If you cannot provide the required confirmation documentation by the scholarship application due date, please review the RMIT Accommodation ScholarshipAtira Accommodation Support ScholarshipIglu Accommodation Support Scholarship or Journal Accommodation Support Scholarship whose eligibility is based on financial and educational circumstances.  

Applications for semester 2 2022 now open.

Applications for semester 2 2022 will close at 11.59pm on Monday 13 June 2022.

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions.

Additional charges

The scholarship does not cover food, internet, telephone, bond, bed and kitchen packs, activities, parking or departure cleaning fees.

Bond: Students will be required to pay a bond of $1455 (2022 rate) to UniLodge Royal Melbourne prior to moving in. This will be lodged with the Residential Tenancies Bond Authority (RTBA). The bond is refundable at the end of the lease period following the receipt of the bond claim form, studio inspection and clearance of all relevant payments to UniLodge Royal Melbourne.

Students will also be charged an exit cleaning fee. 

If you are paying rent and want to cancel your lease agreement, you are required to continue paying all your rent charges until a new resident can be secured or the contract ends, whichever comes first.

Moving to Melbourne

Quotes from past recipients:

"I was extremely grateful to be awarded this scholarship as it opened up the opportunity for me to study at my first choice of university. It has made my transition so smooth and easy, and everyone I have been in contact with has been so friendly." - Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology student

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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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.