Indigenous Education Scholarship (IES)

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

Applications now closed.

Value and duration

The scholarship provides from $4,000 up to $11,000 (depending on funding availability) per year for the standard duration of program plus one semester.

An additional $1,000 per annum to selected programs with high material costs (if funding is available).

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

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

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

The continuation of your scholarship is based on you meeting the terms and conditions each semester.


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
  • 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

The online application form will be provided here when applications open.

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.

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.

Open date

Applications now closed.

Close date

Applications now closed.

Terms and conditions

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s Scholarships and Grants Terms and Condition (PDF 464kb, 30p).

If you are a recipient of this scholarship from 2018 onwards, you:

  • must demonstrate continued commitment and participation with the RMIT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community by either attending one social or one cultural activity through Ngarara Willim Centre per semester.
  • must participate in the Gamadji 2 Day Orientation program including the “How to manage your scholarship session” in the commencing year of study
  • must engage an Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) tutor in the commencing year of study for your scholarship to continue into the second year
  • if asked, be willing and available to participate at Ngarara Willim Centre /RMIT at events etc
  • must complete 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
  • must have written approval by the Ngarara Willim Centre for the final year student’s professional development assistance only in your final year, and at least one month prior to needing the assistance
  • are ineligible to receive the metro renting assistance if you are residing with parents/guardians
  • are not able to redeem any unused portion of the scholarship
  • are ineligible to receive any other scholarships from RMIT, (except for the RMIT Accommodation Scholarship, RMIT Reward Scholarship, RMIT Equity Notebook Grant, or the RMIT Equity Travel Grant).
  • are ineligible to receive the Commonwealth’s Student Start-up Loan administered by Centrelink.

Further terms and conditions can be found in the Commonwealth Indigenous Student Assistance Grants Guidelines 2017.

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)


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.