Indigenous Accommodation Scholarship (IAS)

If you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student from interstate or rural/regional Victoria, will be enrolled full-time in a bachelor degree program at RMIT, and can demonstrate financial disadvantage, this scholarship can provide assistance.

Applications now closed.

Value and duration

The scholarship provides up to $10,000 per year for the standard duration of program plus one semester.

A once off assistance maybe available during your program of up to $500 to assist with flights for students who have moved from interstate after the completion of your first year, and for those who are not Abstudy recipients.


To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student
  • be an Australian citizen
  • be enrolled full-time in an associate or bachelor degree, or a postgraduate by coursework program at RMIT in standard semester 1 and 2 (part-time study will be considered in exceptional circumstances)
  • be able to demonstrate financial disadvantage such as:
    • receiving a Government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card
  • be relocating or have relocated from interstate or rural/regional Victoria to study in Melbourne within the last four years
  • be registered with the Ngarara Willim Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and provide proof of your Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander descent by the application close date
  • not currently be receiving an Indigenous Accommodation Scholarship or an Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship at RMIT or have already received eight semesters of an Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship.

Any educational disadvantage will be taken into consideration in addition to the above when selecting recipients.

To be eligible for the once off flight assistance for interstate students, you must have completed your first year of study and must not be in receipt of Abstudy as this has an included Fares Allowance.

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 Scholarship Office’s Scholarships and Grants Terms and Condition (PDF 464kb, 30p) and the Commonwealth Indigenous Student Assistance Grants Guidelines 2017.

  • 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 note that if you are receiving the RMIT Village Accommodation or UniLodge@RMIT Bundoora Accommodation Scholarship in your first year, your first year of scholarship payments will be paid directly to the accommodation provider
  • must complete a survey at the beginning of each semester that includes providing continued financial and residency 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 once off flight assistance home, this must be gained at least one month prior to requiring the funds. Students on Abstudy are ineligible for this assistance
  • are not able to redeem any unused portion of the scholarship
  • are ineligible to receive any other scholarships from RMIT, (except for the RMIT Village Accommodation or UniLodge@RMIT Bundoora Scholarship [in your first year of study], Indigenous Reward Scholarship, Indigenous Education Scholarship, the RMIT Equity Notebook Grant or the RMIT Equity Travel Grant)
  • are ineligible to receive the Commonwealth’s Relocation Scholarship administered by Centrelink.
  • Further terms and conditions can be found in the Commonwealth Indigenous Student Assistance Grants Guidelines 2017.

Further info

If eligible, you can also apply for:

Additional services and financial support may be available through the Ngarara Willim Centre. Please contact them for further information.


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.