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  • Australia
  • Postgraduate
  • Full-fee
  • Law

Applications for students commencing in the September 2021 semester, closed on Sunday, 1 August, 2021.  Applications for students commencing in the January 2022 semester, close Friday, 15 October, 2021. 

The Faculty of Law at Bond University is committed to providing opportunities for Indigenous Australians. In September 2021 and January 2022, the Faculty will offer full-fee scholarships for enrolment in the Online Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) for eligible Indigenous Australians. In addition to the of waiver of tuition fees, a $1,000 living bursary will be provided to assist with costs associated with the 5-day on campus intensive (available to non-local students only).  

Special thanks to Douglas Murphy QC, LLM (Class of 1989) for making these scholarships possible.

Download GDLP Indigenous Scholarship information flyer

The Scholarship will be awarded to Indigenous students who wish to commence the Online Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) in either September 2021 or January 2022.  

Students who are not successful in obtaining a scholarship can still apply to enrol in the program, but will incur the usual tuition fees.

To be eligible for the Bond University GDLP Indigenous Scholarship, a student must:

  • be an Australian citizen who is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent (as defined by ABSTUDY);
  • have completed a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor at a recognized Australian tertiary institution;
  • enrol in the Online Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice; and
  • meet the selection criteria set out below.

The value of the scholarship is:

  • 100% tuition for the Online Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
  • $1,000 living bursary to assist with costs associated with the 5-day on campus intensive (available to non-local students only).
  • Ongoing support from the Bond University Nyombil Centre.
  • Guidance and mentoring from the GDLP Director of Program.

Applications open are now open. 

Applications for students commencing in the January 2022 semester, close Friday, 15 October, 2021. Applications for students commencing in the September 2021 semester, closed Sunday, 1 August, 2021. 

Upon completion of the Bond University Study Application Form, eligible students can apply for scholarships via the Bond University Scholarship Application Form. Simply use the same log-in details as used for your study application and enter 'scholarship' in the keyword field on the Start an Application tab.

1. Applications for the GDLP Indigenous Scholarship will be identified as part of the Bond University Online Study Application form and the Scholarship Application form.

2. Completed scholarship applications must include:

  • a current resume;
  • evidence of Aboriginality (e.g. a Certificate of Aboriginality; a letter of reference from an Indigenous community organisation, elder, or leader; or proven eligibility for ABSTUDY); and
  • a 300-500 word statement explaining how you meet the selection criteria listed below.

A limited number of scholarships are available. The scholarships will be awarded at the discretion of the Selection Committee and will not necessarily be distributed evenly across the three semesters.

Successful applicants will be notified at least 1 week prior to the commencement of the following semester.

  1. Demonstrated academic ability.
  2. Demonstrated commitment to engaging with and serving the Indigenous community.
  3. Demonstrated evidence of the scholarship’s positive impact.

Continuation of the scholarship will depend upon the student fulfilling the following obligations:

  1. Actively participating in the program and maintaining a competent grade.
  2. Maintaining engagement with the Nyombil Indigenous Support Centre.
  3. Demonstrating professional behaviour both inside and outside the classroom.
  4. Meeting with the sponsorship donor if requested.
  5. Contributing to initiatives to promote the Indigenous Scholarship to other eligible students.