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The Droga Indigenous Architecture Scholarship Program


Undergraduate Student - Maximum up to $50,000

Masters Student - Maximum up to $20,000

Paid over 5 years for undergraduate students

Paid over 2 years for Masters students





The Droga Indigenous Architecture Scholarship Program has been established with the aim to develop meaningful representation in Australian Architecture of Indigenous professionals and supporting a thriving Indigenous contribution to architectural culture and production in Australia, representing approaches to issues of design, construction, sustainability and landscape. The scholarship is open to indigenous students undertaking an undergraduate or Masters degree in Architecture at UTS.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the Scholarship, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria:


  • be of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent and provide either:
    • a Confirmation of Aboriginality from a Local Aboriginal Land Council or other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation; or
    • a UTS Statutory Declaration form accompanied by two written references from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people from the applicant’s community who can confirm their identity and are not an immediate family member; and
  • be an undergraduate student:
    • commencing full-time enrolment in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (single or combined), and
    • have achieved an ATAR or equivalent of 69 or above, excluding bonus points or be an applicant who has accepted an offer through the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research direct entry program, and
    • be a current school leaver, or be a non-current school leaver under 25 years of age at the commencement of the relevant year; and
    • provide a copy of their high school report (showing subjects studied) and if available a school reference  OR
  • be a Masters Student:
    • commencing enrolment in the Masters of Architecture, and
    • have achieved a Weighted Average Mark of 70 or above in the undergraduate degree that formed their basis of admission; or
    • continuing enrolment in the Masters of Architecture having completed no more than 24 credit points, and
    • have achieved a Weighted Average Mark of 50 or above in their Masters undertaken to date, and
    • All Masters applicants must provide a curriculum vitae 
  • All applicants must apply using the UTS online Scholarships Application form to be eligible.
  • All applicants must be available to attend an interview in person.

Selection process

As demonstrated in the Scholarship application and interview:

  • Passion and talent for architecture;
  • Motivation and interest in pursuing a career in architecture using innovative thinking and exceptional problem-solving skills;
  • Initiative to seek opportunities to continually advance their professional and personal lives.
  • Circumstances impacting the applicant’s ability to support themselves and how receipt of the scholarship will assist their academic success; and
  • Commitment to benefiting the Indigenous community through architectural culture and production and willingness to advocate for the goals of the award may also be taken into account.

Need more information? Contact...

UTS Scholarships Office
Phone: +61 2 9514 2527