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: Waugyl
Artwork: Waugyl
This canvas was created collaboratively by members of the public on July 31st 2016, as part of the Centre of Aboriginal Studies’ participation in Open Day.

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

Scholarship applications for students commencing studies in 2023 have now closed. Check back in early January 2023 for more scholarship opportunities, or subscribe here to be notified when a scholarship matching your criteria opens.

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

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?

Contact our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mentors

Our mentors can help you with any questions you may have, including:

  • how to apply
  • filling in the scholarship application form
  • gathering your supporting documents together

All mentors are current Curtin students or recent graduates who have successfully been awarded a scholarship and can provide guidance in a culturally safe environment. Please book a phone call to get started with your mentor. Further catch-ups can be via phone, face to face or online.

Or if you prefer just to email the scholarships team, feel free to drop an email to the scholarships team: