DPIE Aboriginal Planning Scholarship

The Planning & Assessment division within the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) has developed the first Aboriginal Scholarship Planning Program.
This scholarship program will create a pathway to support Aboriginal planning students to commence their career with DPIE. The scholarship program will provide two Aboriginal students an annual scholarship, 12-week summer internship and a one-year full-time graduate role in the Planning & Assessment division.
At DPIE we know that Country is at the core of every Aboriginal person’s identity and sense of belonging. We aim to develop a better understanding of Aboriginal communities and to integrate this knowledge into our work and to create partnerships based on co-design and collaboration.

Scholarship details

Value: $12,500 approx. total

Availability: 2 scholarships offered

Application dates


Close: 03/01/2022


This scholarship is for:

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants
Academic merit
High school leavers

Areas of study:

  • Architecture and built environment
  • Humanities, culture and social sciences

At Institution:

  • University of New England

Study level:

  • Undergraduate
  • Honours, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma

Study Load:

  • Full Time


  • NSW

Eligibility Criteria

1. The applicant must be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident as defined by the Commonwealth
2. The applicant must identify as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person and provide documentation according to the UNE Confirmation of Aboriginality and Torres Strait Islander Rule.
3.The applicant is enrolling or enrolled in: Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning, Diploma in Town Planning, Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Sustainability, Bachelor of GeoScience and Bachelor of Rural Science.

4. Open to New/Commencing or Continuing students in their 1st/2nd/3rd/4th year of a  degree/course (including honours) listed in 3. above
5. Academic requirement: For continuing students an average GPA of 4.0 in their course to date is required.

How to Apply

Applications for the DPIE Scholarship should be made through the application for UNE Scholarship/Form.

Only complete applications will be processed, so please ensure that you have submitted all required documentation with your application. The Alumni Relations and Student Scholarships Team will notify you when you application has been processed.

Further Information

The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of:
  • Academic Merit
  • Area of Study (check site for order of preference)
  • The statement of case (check website)
  • An interview with DPIE representative
  • For continuing students who are shortlisted for the scholarship, a short written multiple question and answer task devised by DPIE to demonstrate knowledge and capability in Planning & Public Spaces works
For more information please visit UNE.