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Jumbunna Postgraduate Research Scholarship


Living Allowance -  $50,000 per annum

Up to 4 years for PhD and up to 2 years for Master by Research





Funded by the Commonwealth Government Department of Education and Training and Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, this scholarship is offered to commencing Indigenous Australian students of exceptional research potential to undertake a higher degree by research at UTS. Preference is given to students who are completing a research project that has the potential to benefit Australian Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islanders. The scholarship amounts to $50,000 per annum, and is provided to assist with general living costs.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must:

  • be an Australian Aboriginal Person and/or Torres Strait Islander*; and
  • be accepted for admission to a higher degree by research at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), with UTS Supervisors; and
  • have completed a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours, or be regarded by the University as having an equivalent level of attainment; and
  • be undertaking a higher degree by research (HDR) commencing at the University in the year of the scholarship and participate in the Research Student Development program; and
  • be enrolled as a full-time student unless the University has approved a part-time award; and
  • not be receiving an equivalent award, scholarship or salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the scholarship stipend rate to undertake the HDR. Income earned from sources unrelated to the course of study is not subject to the 75% rule.

Applicants should ensure that they submit their completed application, including all required supporting documentation, by the relevant application deadline. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

Selection process

The scholarship is awarded in accordance with the eligibility requirements outlined in the Guidelines and on a competitive basis, taking into account the following criteria:
(a) research capacity of the applicant; and
(b) potential for the proposed research project to benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; and
(c) academic merit in previous studies; and
(d) research and other relevant experience of the applicant.

How to apply

To be considered for a Jumbunna Postgraduate Research Scholarship, please apply by the following application deadlines:

Research Session 1 - 2021 (January) applications close 30 September 2020 

There is no separate Application Form for Jumbunna scholarships for prospective students. Completing one form will mean that you are considered for all associated scholarships. 

New Research Students:
If you wish to be considered for a Jumbunna scholarship and all associated scholarships, tick the YES box in the SCHOLARSHIP/SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION section of your course application. Please refer to How to Apply and Jumbunna Postgraduate Research Scholarship in the Research Scholarships section of the UTS Research Degrees website for more information.

Applicants must submit their completed application by the relevant application deadline. Incomplete application will not be considered.

Need more information? Contact...

UTS Graduate Research School
Phone: +61 2 9514 1336
New research students: UTS Future Research Students
Currently enrolled research students: UTS Current Research Students