Scholarships and funding

Various scholarships are available through ANU and externally to undertaken graduate work. Further information can be found on the scholarships page of the Division of Registrar & Student Services website.

Funding from NCIS

Once you have enrolled at NCIS, you may apply for funding through the Centre to provide support for your research, whether full or part-time. Funding is generally accessible only after your Thesis Proposal Review (TPR). A strong case must be to the NCIS Director for use of funds prior to your TPR. The support of your supervisor is required on your funding application to the NCIS Director. Funding is at the discretion of the Delegate and is not an entitlement.

Two types of funding are available:

  • Research Grant – provides assistance with the costs associated with domestic or international conference attendance; research expenses such as expert advice, inter-library loans, photocopying, postage, etc.; production of graphics and thesis binding; attendance at the NCIS graduate research retreat.
  • Fieldwork Grant – provides assistance with the travel and accommodation cost of fieldwork trips outside Canberra.

The total payment available over a candidature is normally as follows:

Enrolled BEFORE 1 Jan 2014 Enrolled AFTER 1 Jan 2014
Research Grant Fieldwork Grant Research Grant Fieldwork Grant
PhD scholars $3,000 $5,000 $3,500 $6,000
MPhil scholars $2,000 $3,000 $2,000 $3,000

Application forms and further information about HDR scholar funding is available from the NCIS HDR Candidate Guide (PDF 632KB) and the NCIS Centre Administrator.

NCIS also offers Summer Research Scholarships through the ANU Summer Research Scholarships program, and runs a Visiting Fellows Program.

Indigenous scholarships and fellowships

The following scholarships are available to Indigenous ANU graduate students in particular. Please note that the application dates provided are a guide only. For the most current and accurate dates, as well as information on other scholarships open to a wider group of students including Indigenous students, please visit the ANU scholarships site and contact the relevant Centre administering the fund.

indigenous scholarships

Information about a wide range of undergraduate and graduate scholarships available in Australia and overseas, and designed for Indigenous students, is provided by the indigenousscholarships website administered by The Aurora Project and The Charlie Perkins Trust for Children & Students.

Manning Clark House / NCIS Indigenous Fellowship

This 12-month fellowship provides free accommodation at ‘The Gamekeeper's Cottage’, a separate studio apartment in the heritage-listed historic gardens of Manning Clark House located in the suburb of Forrest, ACT.

Details, including eligibility, application requirements and closing dates to be found on the Division of Registrar & Student Services website. Applications open in July and close in September of each year, with take-up of the Fellowship in the following January for 12 months.

GDLP Indigenous Scholarship Scheme

NCIS, in partnership with the ANU College of Law, offers two scholarships per year in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) offered by the ANU Legal Workshop. Up to two scholarships per year are available to cover tuition fees for full-time or part-time study in the GDLP, commencing January of each year.

Applications close in September of each year.

Eligibility, award conditions and application forms are available from the ANU College of Law scholarships & awards website. Enquiries to Tony Foley on 02 6125 0779 or

Roberta Sykes c. early 1980s

Roberta Sykes Harvard Club Scholarship

The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation, in conjunction with the Harvard Club of Australia, provides funding to Indigenous graduate students who wish to undertake study at Harvard University.

The value of the scholarship is up to $60,000 per annum to be paid over the course of the scholar's study. The scholarship covers university and college fees, travel costs and living expenses. Only one scholarship is available at a time. Consequently, each scholarship is offered in the year following the expiry of the previous recipient's tenure.

Eligibility, award conditions and application forms are available from the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation website.

Other Indigenous scholarships and fellowships across ANU

The following table provides a list of scholarships and fellowships available specifically for Indigenous graduate students.

A comprehensive list of ANU scholarships and fellowships for graduate, as well as undergraduate, Indigenous students is available from the Division of Registrar & Student Services website.

Name General eligibility
Indigenous Australian Graduate Scholarship PhD, Professional Doctorate by Research or Coursework, MPhil, Master by Coursework or Research, and Graduate Diploma at ANU.
Indigenous Australian Reconciliation PhD Scholarship PhD and Professional Doctorate by Research at ANU.
Ken Wanganeen Scholarship Any graduate coursework program at ANU.
Nugget Coombs Scholarship for Indigenous Australian Students Graduate and undergraduate students undertaking fieldwork and research, preferably in Northern Australia.
Elspeth Young Memorial Grants Graduate and undergraduate students at ANU, for costs necessary and incidental to studies, but not including any fees.
Indigenous Students' Practical Legal Training Scholarship Full-time students in the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) offered in the ANU Legal Workshop.
Baume Travelling Scholarship Currently enrolled, full-time graduate and undergraduate students at NCEPH travelling to a national or international conference.
Leonard Broom Scholarships Graduates or undergraduates studying in an area related to the research program of the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH).
Duguid Travelling Scholarship Graduate or undergraduate students currently enrolled at NCEPH or an Indigenous Australian person wishing to come to NCEPH.
CAEPR Visiting Indigenous Fellowship Scheme Non-CAEPR Indigenous researchers and leaders working in collaboration with Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) research staff.
Garrurru Postgraduate Indigenous Scholarship All future and current ANU students who identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and enrol in part time or full time study in any graduate course offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.

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