Indigenous Education Scholarship (IES)

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student enrolled full-time in a degree program at RMIT in 2018 and can demonstrate financial disadvantage, this scholarship could provide you with assistance towards your education expenses.

Value and duration

The scholarship provides from $4,000 up to $11,000 per year for the standard duration of program plus one semester. An additional $1,000 per annum is available to selected programs with high material costs.

For Melbourne metro students renting and not residing with parents/guardians, an additional $4,000 per annum is available.

For mature age students who have returned to study after a period of two years or greater, an additional $2,000 per annum is available.

For final year students, an additional one off payment of up to $1000 for professional development is available.


To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander student
  • be an Australian citizen
  • be able to demonstrate financial disadvantage such as:
    • receiving a Government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card
  • be enrolled full-time in a bachelor degree program at RMIT in the standard semester 1 and 2 in 2018
  • be registered with the Ngarara Willim Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and provide proof of your Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent by the application close date
  • not currently be receiving an Indigenous Education Scholarship or an Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship at RMIT or have already received eight semesters of an Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship.

How to apply

Applications can be submitted direct to RMIT or through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) however, it is preferred that you apply direct to RMIT for this scholarship.

Direct to RMIT applications

Complete the online application by the close date. Multiple applications will not be considered; only your first application will be assessed.

In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must submit a complete online application. Partial applications will not be assessed.

Supporting documentation

Ensure that you have your supporting documentation ready to upload in order to complete your application. Applications without supporting documentation will not be considered.

Please refer to the Supporting Documentation – Financial and Educational Disadvantage Guide (PDF, 218kb, 2pgs) which outlines acceptable forms of supporting documentation.

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

VTAC applications

Apply online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) website.

Open date

Direct to RMIT applications now open.

VTAC applications open 7 August 2017.

Close date

Direct to RMIT applications close 11:59PM Sunday 19 November 2017. No late applications will be accepted.

VTAC applications close 5pm Friday 13 October 2017.

Terms and conditions

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s Scholarships and Grants Terms and Condition (PDF 464kb, 30p) and the Commonwealth Indigenous Student Assistance Grants Guidelines 2017. All recipients must attend a budgeting workshop to first receive the scholarship.

Continued eligibility

  • Demonstrated commitment and participation with the RMIT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
  • Completion of a survey at the beginning of each semester that includes providing continued financial eligibility
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic performance, which will be viewed at the completion of each semester

If you are in receipt of this scholarship, you are ineligible to receive:

  • The Commonwealth’s Student Start-up Loan administered by Centrelink
  • RMIT funded scholarships such as the RMIT Study Support Scholarship

Further information

If eligible, you can also apply for ongoing accommodation support via the Indigenous Accommodation Scholarship. Additional services and financial support may be available through the Ngarara Willim Centre. Please contact them for further information.

Programs classified as high material costs in relation to this scholarship are as follows:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation)
  • Bachelor of Architectural Design
  • Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) Honours
  • Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design)
  • Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Fashion (Design Technology)
  • Bachelor of Fashion (Merchandise Management)
  • Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design
  • Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots)
  • Associate Degree in Design (Furniture)
  • Associate Degree in Interior Decoration & Design
  • Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising
  • Associate Degree in Fashion Design and Technology
  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Fine Art
  • Master of Fashion (Design)
  • Master of Design (Fashion and Textiles)


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.

Successful candidates will be notified via email to their RMIT student email account by 31 March 2018. Only successful candidates will be contacted. If you have not received an offer by 31 March 2018, your application has been unsuccessful.