Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships

The purpose of the Commonwealth Scholarships Program is to assist students of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent. There are two types of Commonwealth Scholarships available. Some students may be eligible for both:

Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (ICAS) – This scholarship assists with the costs or relocation and/or accommodation costs;
Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS) – This scholarship assists students with the costs of studying.

Scholarship details

Value: $3,000 approx. total

Duration: 1 Year

Application dates

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This scholarship is for:

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants

Areas of study:

  • Any Area of Study

At Institution:

  • University of Notre Dame

Study level:

  • Undergraduate

Study Load:

  • Full Time


  • NSW
  • WA

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for these Scholarships, applicants must:
Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent and state that he/she identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person and is recognised by his/her community as a person of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
Confirmation of Aboriginality signed by an authorised Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person or organisation, or by Statutory Declaration;
Be enrolled or intending to enrol as a student at Notre Dame in an undergraduate or sub-bachelor program leading to undergraduate study, including an enabling program;
Demonstrate financial hardship;
Not be in receipt of a concurrent Student start-up Scholarship or Loan through Centrelink or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for the same purpose;
Not be in receipt of a Commonwealth Scholarship awarded prior to 2017.

How to Apply

To apply, visit the University of Notre Dame Scholarships page and complete the application form under the Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships tab.

Further Information

Funding for the Scholarships is subject to change on a year by year basis. Scholarships will be allocated proportionate to need and assessed in accordance with the ISSP Needs Assessment Framework (Scholarships). Additional consideration is given to the requirement to relocate from a remote or regional area. Typical scholarship values are:

ICAS – Funding is limited to $3,000.00 for a calendar year;
ICECS – Scholarships from $500 (low need) up to $2,500.00 (high need) for a calendar year.