how do i apply?
Most scholarships have a formal application process. This usually involves completing an online information or application form, or downloading the form and completing it offline.
Most application processes will require supporting documentation such as a resume/curriculum vitae (CV), your academic records, and sometimes proof of your Indigenous heritage, if the scholarship is targeted at Indigenous students. Often a personal statement (or cover letter) is required, in which you explain your reasons for applying, and your interests and goals.
Applicants may also need to demonstrate in writing (or at an interview, if specified), how they meet any eligibility and selection criteria mentioned.
To be considered for a scholarship, the applicant must first meet specific eligibility criteria. For example, many of the scholarships on this website require that the applicant be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Some criteria will specify that only women or members of particular social groups may apply.
The individual selection criteria for the scholarship is the basis on which scholarship recipients are chosen over all other eligible applicants. The criteria required here may include documented evidence of past achievements, personal qualities and future goals. The university will usually provide information on the type of selection criteria needed, so that applicants know what the scholarship administrators are looking for in a recipient.
If no selection criteria are stipulated, it may be advisable to make enquiries to ensure that no criteria exist. This might also give you a better idea of the purpose of the scholarship and help you to decide if it suits your needs.
Finally, it is important to note that some universities offer scholarships to Indigenous students without you having to apply.
In some cases, as long as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students are prepared to identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, they will automatically be awarded the scholarship.
It is important that you contact the institution which you are interested in studying at directly.
They have staff who are qualified to assist you in working out the best course of action, to maximise your chances of receiving financial support for your studies.