Inder Kaur Reconciliation Scholarship
If you are female, an Aboriginal and/or 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 four 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 in the standard semester 1 and 2 at RMIT in 2018 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 your secondary education 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
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.
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.
You will also need:
- One letter of recommendation, preferably from an academic, dated no more than three months ago to support the statements you have made in your application. To assist the academic, provide them with Writing a Scholarship Letter of Recommendation for a Student (PDF 156kb, 1p) for tips and guidance.
- A copy of your academic transcript if you studied at an institution other than RMIT in 2017.
It is expected that the online application will take approximately thirty minutes to complete. Once you have completed a question online, you cannot go back and modify your response(s). The main application questions are listed below to allow you time to prepare your answers in advance prior to starting the online application.
- Discuss your passion for studying in your chosen field, including the steps you have taken to achieve your educational goals.
- What are your future plans and career aspirations?
- How do you intend to use this scholarship and how will it assist you to achieve academic success?
- Discuss any difficult circumstances you have faced that have affected your education.
Find out more about applying for scholarships.
Applications now open.
Applications close 11:59PM Sunday 19 November 2017. No late applications will be accepted.
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).
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.
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.