Aurora Internship Program Indigenous Scholarships

The Internship Program continues to focus on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander* students and graduates via internships as pathways to jobs in Indigenous organisations and other organisations working in the Indigenous sector. 

We are also able to place Indigenous interns at a wide range of organisations, outside of the sector, so long as the placements are relevant to candidates’ study and career aspirations.

The Commonwealth’s Culture and Capability Programme will provide financial support via Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interns under the Program. 

Scholarship details

Value: $7,400 approx. total

Duration: Duration of the program

Availability: 150 scholarships offered

Application dates

Open all year round


This scholarship is for:

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants

Areas of study:

  • Any Area of Study

At Institution:

Any in Australia

Study level:

  • Undergraduate
  • Honours, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma
  • Postgraduate coursework
  • Postgraduate research

Study Load:

  • Full Time
  • Part Time


  • NT
  • SA
  • QLD
  • TAS
  • VIC
  • WA
  • ACT
  • NSW

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are highly encouraged to apply. All applications will be reviewed and considered for placement. To be eligible to undertake a funded internship, the candidate must: 

  • Be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. 
  • Provide confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent. This is a signed statement including common seal from the Aboriginal Heritage Association, Aboriginal Corporation or Land Council.
  • At the time of application, the candidate is not in receipt of funding through the Indigenous Cadetship Support initiative. (Note: Indigenous applicants currently receiving ICS funding can apply for a non-funded internship).
  • Enrolled for study at a university or vocational institute (minimum Certificate IV) or have graduated from a degree at an Australian university.
  • Have capacity to complete a four to six week full-time internship or part-time equivalent.
  • Have allowed six months to have passed before undertaking a second Commonwealth funded internship.

Establishing Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander status

To be eligible for this Scholarship it is necessary to confirm an individual’s status as an Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander. Details relating to acceptable evidence is outlined below.
A person may confirm Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander identity through:

  • a letter stamped with the common seal and signed by the chairperson of an Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Land Council, in whose area the person lives or has previously lived; or
  • a letter stamped with the common seal and signed by a delegate of an incorporated Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander organisation, such as the Aboriginal Medical Service or an Aboriginal Legal Service.

How to Apply

Head to our Internship Program page to apply or click here

Further Information

Indigenous interns will receive Scholarships in the amount of:
$3,600 for a 4 week internship;
$4,500 for a 5 week internship;
$5.400 for a 6 week internship.