For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and Afghan students who identify as a woman enrolled in a vocational or higher education program who can demonstrate financial disadvantage; worth up to $10,000 per annum.
The scholarship provides up to $10,000 per annum ($5,000 per semester) for up to two years.
To be eligible for this scholarship you must:
Preference will be given to Vocational Education students.
It is preferred that you apply direct to RMIT for this scholarship.
The online application form will be made available here when applications open.
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.
Students applying as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander will need:
Please visit Supporting Your Application for more information.
Find out more about applying for scholarships.
Applications are now closed.
Applications are now closed.
Pretam Kaur, in memory of her parents, established the Santa Singh and Balwant Kaur Scholarship for Indigenous and Afghan women experiencing financial hardship.
A message from Pretam Kaur:
“My father Santa Singh and my mother Balwant Kaur were born in British India in Punjab. They were illiterate, starving, poor, and came to British Malaya before 1940 as coolie labourers. I was born in Malaya in early 1945 when bombs were falling. In 1951, my mother wanted to send me to English school like my two older brothers. The Sikh community opposed my parents and shamed and ostracised them. The Punjabi school in the temple was considered sufficient for girls. English schools were meant only for boys.
My parents fought the entire community and sent me to English school with love and devotion. My parents supported my education even when they had no money. In 1965 I went to university, my brothers didn’t.
My parents’ gift of education changed my life. The story of their courage and determination has defined me. The scholarships for Indigenous and Afghan women come from my parents to you, colonised and impoverished as they were, to connect to the oldest culture, and join with your dreaming.
Afghan women have been colonised by the British, the Soviet Union, the USA and their wealth looted like our Indigenous women. My parents and I share the history of these women. We can't change our history, but by working together we can change our future, and help create a more peaceful, just world.”
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.
Acknowledgement of Country
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.