Scholarships and cadetships


Indigenous Equity Scholarships

Dhawaral Scholarship

  • The Dharawal Scholarship has been created to support an Australian Indigenous person studying an Undergraduate degree at the University of Wollongong.
  • The scholarship endeavours to make funds available to students who wish to peruse their academic studies full-time within any faculty.

NSW Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Fund

  • A range of scholarships are provided by the NSW Department of Health for nursing and midwifery students in NSW.
  • The level of scholarship is determined each year.

Teacher Education Scholarships

  • Scholarships are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to help get more Indigenous teacher into our schools. These scholarships are available for primary or any secondary teaching subject area.
  • Scholarships can be for 1, 2, 3, or 4 years and are available to students who are or will be studying an approved pre-service teacher training course at a NSW or ACT tertiary institution.  Eligible students include those undertaking an undergraduate or postgraduate teacher education program.
  • The scholarship cover the cost of HECS fees for subjects successfully completed while studying for a teacher qualification.  A training allowance of $1,500.00 for each year of the scholarship is also provided to meet the costs of incidentals, textbooks and student administration fees.
  • On successful completion of studies, the scholarship holder will be granted permanent employment in a NSW public school in Sydney's western or south-western suburbs or in a non-coastal rural area of New South Wales.

For more information, visit the NSW Education & Communities website or call the Scholarship Information Line on 1300 301 435.

The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme

  • The Scheme was established in recognition of Dr Arnold ('Puggy') Hunter's significant contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and in his previous role as Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).
  • The aim of the Scholarship is to help address the under-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in health professions and assist in increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with professional health qualifications.
  • Applicants must identify as and be able to prove their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status.
  • Selection will be based on criteria including demonstrated interest and experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, leadership qualities and financial need. This selection is not based on academic achievement.


  • The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, and administered by Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA). 
  • Scholarships will be available for the start of the 2009 academic year and are worth up to $7,500 per year for part time study and up $15,000 per year for full time study.    
  • Scholarships will be available for students who wish to study at the undergraduate level in the following areas:
    • Aboriginal Health Worker;
    • Allied Health (excluding pharmacy);
    • Dentistry/Oral Health;
    • Health Service Management;
    • Health Promotion/Education;
    • Medicine;
    • Mental Health;
    • Midwifery; and
    • Nursing.

Further information is available on the Australian College of Nursing website or by contacting, the Fund Administrator, Royal College of Nursing, Australia (Email or call 1800 688 628).

John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship

  • The Scholarship is awarded annually to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws degree at an Australian Tertiary Institution.  
  • Successful applicants are awarded $5,500 a year towards their studies. 
  • One scholarship will be awarded each year and recipients may re-apply in subsequent years until completing their degrees.

Further information about the scholarship can be found on the Law Council of Australia website.

Last reviewed: 21 January, 2019

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