Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

A scholarship can help you reach your full potential if you are a high-performing student or you need support to cover the cost of university studies.
Artwork: Moorditj Yorga Scholarship Commissioned Artwork

What’s a scholarship?

A scholarship is a sum of money or other financial assistance you receive to help support your study.

Scholarships aren’t loans – the money is given to you provided you fulfil specific eligibility requirements. Some scholarships can also provide you with exclusive networking opportunities and academic and career support.

At Curtin, many of our scholarships are specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. We have academic scholarships that reward you for your academic achievements and history of excellence. We also offer needs-based scholarships that can help cover tuition expenses, on campus accommodation costs and the costs of relocating closer to campus.

Get started on your scholarship journey

You can search for scholarship opportunities outside of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship Program here and you can filter the search to your requirements.

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Featured scholarships

Moorditj Yorga Scholarship Program

Moorditj yorga means “strong woman” in the Nyungar language. The Moorditj Yorga Scholarship program recognises the positive impact of strong women in all of our lives and gives mature-aged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women – who may have felt education pass them by – the chance to enter university with holistic support.

If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander woman aged 25 or older*, this scholarship can help you to pass your university degree by providing financial assistance and mentoring support. You’ll receive:

  • a yearly payment of $10,000, for a maximum of five years
  • an individualised, structured mentoring program in your final year of study
  • support from a dedicated Moorditj Yorga coordinator, including pastoral care to make you feel welcome, safe and connected to your culture.

Find out more.

*If you’re aged between 21 and 24 years, you may still be considered under special circumstances

More Scholarships Offered

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship Program (Future Students)

2024 Equity Scholarship Program (Future Students)

2024 Semester 1 Curtin Alumni Scholarship

2024 First Nations Australians Planning Program Scholarship

Hear from scholarship recipients

“Due to living down south, the money I received has helped me greatly with paying for public transport and fuel as well as covering the costs of my textbooks.”

Lori, Bachelor of Commerce

“My scholarship has greatly impacted my life in assisting with my financial needs and helping me pay for things such as my household bills and car costs. It has also helped me with purchasing a suitable laptop and all the textbooks that I need for my medical studies.”

Summer, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery

“My scholarship has been a great help paying for school supplies (books, uniforms etc)”

Dannae, Bachelor of Nursing

How we select recipients

Here’s an example of what will happen after you apply for a scholarship, for studies beginning in first semester in February. Scholarships are also open for second semester in July and the process is similar.

Do you have any questions?

You can contact the Scholarships Office if you require assistance to complete your scholarship application, as well as for general scholarship related questions.
Phone: +61 8 9266 2992