Jillian Weaven Human Resources Scholarship

For Indigenous students enrolling in a postgraduate human resources program who identify as a woman; worth up to $5,000.

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Applications are now open

If you identify as a woman who is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and are studying a postgraduate human resources management program, this scholarship could provide assistance for up to one year.

The Jillian Weaven Scholarship provides up to $5,000 (full-time) or up to $2,500 (part-time) per semester, for one year.

One scholarship available.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:
  • be an Australian citizen
  • identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • identify as a woman
  • be commencing or continuing full or part-time in one of the following programs in semester 1 2023: 
  • have a minimum of 6 months or a year of study left in your program
  • be passionate about human resources
  • be connected to your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community
  • not have previously received this scholarship.

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

Supporting documentation

Depending on your circumstances, you will need to provide different types of evidence and material to support your scholarship application.

  • Applicants must register with the Ngarara Willim Centre and provide documentation showing that you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander by the close date. Proof of Aboriginality must be from a recognised Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community organisation and must have a common seal.
  • Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume no longer than 2 pages in length with their application.

Application questions

It is expected that the online application will take approximately thirty minutes to complete. The main application questions are listed below to allow you time to prepare your answers prior to starting the online application.

  • What motivated you to choose your RMIT program? Include the steps you have taken to achieve your educational goals.

  • What are your future plans and career aspirations?

  • What current challenges do you face in your studies and how will a scholarship help you to overcome this?

  • Please articulate how you are connected and/or contribute to your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community. 

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Applications are now open.

Applications close 11:59PM Sunday 5 March 2023. No late applications will be accepted.

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions.

Please note: successful applicants cannot take a leave of absence and continue to receive the scholarship.

The scholarship may also provide: 

  • an opportunity to undertake an internship or WIL program during the scholarship period for a minimum of 150 paid hours at RMIT within the year of award (ideally within the People Team) (this is not an offer of employment)
  • mentoring with a HR leader from within RMIT 
  • potential to be considered for a HR Graduate position in RMIT’s People team 
  • AHRI membership. The membership includes opportunities like workshops and networks.

The Jillian Weaven Human Resources Scholarship is designed to honour the legacy of Jillian Weaven, a Wiradjuri woman passionate about education, creating career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the advancement of women.  

Jillian’s will and determination for change and her passion and advocacy in the rights of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people was a driver in her role at RMIT. 

The scholarship will encourage and assist postgraduate students in Human Resources-related disciplines to complete their studies, obtain a mentor within RMIT and gain employment experience at RMIT.  The scheme provides scholarships for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women only studying at the postgraduate level in Human Resources at RMIT.   

The scholarship has been established as a tribute to the late Jillian Weaven’s outstanding contribution to First Nations people at RMIT, her role in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Committee and her commitment to supporting the growth and development of women at RMIT in her role as Senior People Business Partner.   

It is envisaged that the scholarship will also allow RMIT to build talent for the future within the People team. 

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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