Inder Kaur Reconciliation Scholarship

If you are a female, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and can demonstrate financial and educational disadvantage, this scholarship could provide you with financial assistance while you study.

Value and duration

The scholarship provides up to $10,000 per year, for up to five years (for the standard full-time duration of your undergraduate program). For Certificate IV and diploma students, the program duration may include a sequence where you articulate from Certificate IV to a diploma and then into an advanced diploma in the same field.


To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be a female Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • be enrolled full-time at RMIT in 2017 in a Certificate IV, diploma or degree program
  • be able to demonstrate financial disadvantage such as:
    • receiving a Government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card
  • be able to demonstrate educational disadvantage such as:
    • having a long term medical condition or disability which impacts your study
    • experiencing difficult family circumstances
    • have/will be relocating from interstate or rural/regional Victoria to study at RMIT
    • completed secondary school at a School Network Access Program school
  • register with Ngarara Willim Centre and provide documentation showing that you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander by the close date. Proof of Aboriginality must be from a recognised Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community organisation and must have a common seal
  • be passionate about your education.

How to apply

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Open date

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Close date

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Terms and conditions

The recipient of this scholarship must maintain satisfactory academic performance, which will be reviewed at the completion of each semester.

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

Further info

Education was a passion for Inder Kaur. She was taken out of school in Rawalpindi after the 8th grade because she was a girl. After the partition of India in 1947, the family including her husband and three daughters left their ancestral home in Rawalpindi and became refugees. She began studying again, while helping to support her family.

Inder Kaur graduated with a Masters degree in Punjabi from the University of Delhi in 1958 when she was 47 years old. This was a rare accomplishment. She became the Founding Principal of three women's colleges in Punjab, India.

The Inder Kaur Scholarship is being established to honour her initiative, daring and persistence in following her dream of education.


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 by 31 March 2017.Only successful candidates will be contacted. If you have not received an offer letter by 31 March 2017, your application has been unsuccessful.