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HDR Indigenous scholarship

HDR Indigenous Scholarship Round 2022

• Closing date - 30 September 2022

APPLICATIONS FOR THE NEXT ROUND (September 2022) OPENS ON 1st August 2022

Ensure you visit the new Assessment for Scholarship Applications Framework to assist with your application

Assessment criteria

Bond University Indigenous Higher Degree by Research Scholarship

Bond University is committed to providing a culturally safe and supportive learning environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students where they can progress and complete a higher degree education program.

Bond is committed to First Nations voices and supporting First Nations students at both undergraduate and post graduate levels, as such, the aim of this scholarship is to promote the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in higher degree research. Eligible Indigenous students are encouraged to apply for this scholarship.

 There are two key overarching principles for determining the distribution of scholarships among applicants. First, scholarships are to be awarded through a merit-based process. Second, scholarship applicants are to be treated equitably and fairly, regardless of their research discipline, and regardless of the source of their scholarship funding.

A scholarship for all successful applicants includes:

  • Stipend (living allowance) up to three years. The 2023 full-time stipend rate for both scholarship categories will be $29,863 per annum (indexed annually)
  • Indigenous scholarship applicants are already entitled to a 100% fee waiver under the Australian Government Research Training Program


To be eligible you must

  • Be an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person as defined by ABSTUDY
  • You must have a valid Bond University Letter of Offer for a PhD program
  • You must be studying your PhD program full time

Additionally, you must not:

  • hold a qualification at the same or a higher level than the higher degree by research program you are undertaking
  • be receiving a living allowance award, scholarship or salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the RTP Scholarship living allowance rate to undertake the higher degree by research program
  • be receiving a Commonwealth-funded tuition fee scholarship

Applicants are required to provide compelling evidence of their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status. This will involve confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status under the common seal of a community organisation. Where exceptional circumstances apply, statutory declarations and other forms of documentation may be considered. Original or certified copies of supporting documentation must be provided.

The scholarship application process is open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students who are studying or intend studying a Doctoral Research Degree at Bond University.

Your scholarship application will not be assessed until you have received a valid Letter of Offer for admission to a doctoral research program from Bond University Admissions Department.

Some applications for admission can take up to 6 -10 weeks to complete. Ensure that you allow sufficient time to process your application for admission before the scholarship round closure date. Further information on how to apply for admission can be found on the Bond University Research Degrees Webpage “How to Apply”

To assist with your application ensure you visit the Assessment for Scholarship Applications Framework by clicking on the Assessment Criteria button aboveIndigenous methodological approaches and Indigenous standpoint are valued at Bond University and are considered appropriate approaches for the purpose of this scholarship.

You must apply using the Bond University Indigenous Higher Degree Scholarship Application form.

The following documents will form part of your scholarship application assessment. 
  • Research Project Proposal
  • Academic Transcripts including the results/grades awarded, information on institution grading systems/scales, and evidence of completion
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) Please include any research publications and conference presentations
  • Prize and Award Certificates
  • Two Referee reports

Scholarship applications received after the nominated round closure date will not be considered.

Scholarship applications cannot progress to being considered for assessment until all required documents are received.

If you wish to withdraw a submitted scholarship application, you may do so by contacting the Research Scholarships Officer [email protected] by email and request to withdraw your application.