DCJ Scholarships

We know there are many bright, ambitious students who want to excel in their studies. But focusing on school is not always easy, especially if you’re facing challenges with your health, caring duties, home life, or the cost of education and training.

The Scholarships program provides eligible students with support for educational and support related costs. The value of each scholarship is $1,000 per year, per student up to a maximum of 7 years for those that commenced in 2017. The program aims to have an intake of 200 new scholarships per year. This means that by 2024 there will be 1,400 students receiving a scholarship.

Scholarship details

Value: $5,000 approx. total

Duration: 5 Years

Application dates

Unknown - check with provider


This scholarship is for:

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants
Financial equity

Areas of study:

  • Any Area of Study

At Institution:

Any institution

Study level:

  • Undergraduate
  • Honours, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma

Study Load:

  • Full Time
  • Part Time


  • NSW

Eligibility Criteria

You are eligible to apply if you are studying in one of the following:

Year 10, 11 or 12 at a NSW high school or equivalent at a TAFE college;

A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship;

A VET subject at a NSW high school;

Studying at an NSW University;

You must also be either a social housing client or living in out-of-home-care.

This can include:

Living in public housing, including Aboriginal housing;

Being on the NSW Housing Register (wait list);

Receiving private rental assistance from DCJ (not Centrelink);

Receiving a Rent Choice product;

Living in community housing/Aboriginal community housing;

Living in housing provided by a Local Aboriginal Land Council;

Living in Supported Accommodation through a Specialist Homelessness Service Provider;

Living in statutory, supported or voluntary out-of-home care.

How to Apply

 Please complete the online form on the DCJ website. Registration must be under the student’s details (firstname, lastname and personal email address). In order to receive your scholarship (if applying as a high school student) to provide your personal email adress to remain in contact for future rounds.

Further Information

Students who received a scholarship in 2017, 2018, 2019 or 2020 can reapply as a returning applicant if they are still in social housing and taking on further studies in the year of placing application. Students transitioning from High School (year 9,10,11 or 12) to TAFE, Traineeship and or enrolled at an NSW University.