The Nellie Thomas Bursary

The Nellie Thomas Bursary was founded in 2008 in memory of Nellie Bertha (McDowell) Baker and Thomas McDowell. The aim of the Bursary is to assist an Indigenous student studying in the field of Medicine in the School of Medicine and Dentistry with additional cost associated with studying at University. The Bursary is aimed at applicants who can demonstrate financial disadvantage.

Scholarship details

Value: $2,000 approx. total

Duration: 1 Semester

Application dates

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This scholarship is for:

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants
Financial equity

Areas of study:

  • Dentistry
  • Medicine

At Institution:

  • Griffith University

Study level:

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

Study Load:

  • Full Time
  • Part Time


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

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible you must:
Be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident;
Be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander:
Be able to demonstrate financial disadvantage;
Be accepted into or enrolled in a program in the field of Medicine or Health.

How to Apply

To be considered for this scholarship you must complete the following sections within the application:

Study details:
Secondary Education History (Commencing students);
Program (Continuing students)

Personal background:
Income and expenditure: Demonstrate financial disadvantage by either being in receipt of a means-tested Commonwealth income support payment or a comprehensive assessment by the University.

Personal statements:
Career goals and aims: What are your career goals?
Scholarship benefit: How will the Bursary assist you?
Challenge(s) experienced: What challenges have you overcome?

Further Information

Priority is to be given to the students studying in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. If there is no suitable applicant, then the Bursary can be awarded to a student studying in a Health program.