Indigenous Technology and Engagement Scholarship

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The Indigenous Technology and Engagement Scholarship aims to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at Swinburne University with access to specific technical, IT equipment or resources to remain engaged in their chosen course of study.

This scholarship is open to students studying an Undergraduate, Postgraduate or Higher Degree by Research course.

Courses eligible

Any Undergraduate, Postgraduate or Higher Degree by Research course at Swinburne University of Technology.

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible for the Indigenous Technology and Engagement Scholarship applicants must:

  1. Meet the following criteria:
    • Be an Australian citizen
    • Confirm you are of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage by submitting a Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Heritage certificate (COA) with your scholarship application or a certified Statutory Declaration declaring that the individual applying for the scholarship is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, and/or is accepted as such by the community in which you live, or formerly lived. 
  2. Meet the following enrolment criteria:
    • be a Swinburne higher education (HEd) student in 2024
    • enrolled full-time or part-time in an eligible course (see courses eligible in section above)
    • studying on campus or online
  3. A written statement (max. 500 words) or short video (no more than 2 minutes) addressing the following points:
    • your passion and commitment to study
    • how this scholarship will help you achieve your educational goals
    • Please upload your video to cloud based storage and provide a link in an MS Word or PDF document. The video must be downloadable by anyone - provide any passwords if necessary.
  4. Provide evidence of educational disadvantage. Disadvantage(s) may include: 
    • financial difficulty or low-socio economic status (Centrelink statement, payslips)
    • disability or medical condition
    • relocation from a rural or regional area in order to undertake tertiary study
    • first in family to attend university 
    • English as a second language
  5. Provide one written referee report outlining your suitability for the scholarship:
    • can be supplied by a community leader, lecturer, tutor or employer


The scholarship is valued at $1500 as a one-off payment.

Please note - It is the student’s responsibility to notify Centrelink or any other government body of any changes to personal income that might affect government payments received. 

How to apply

Applicants should complete an online application form and submit with all supporting documentation.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. For assistance when completing your application, please view the Scholarship Application Help Guide.


All scholarships offered by Swinburne are governed by a set of conditions. Please visit our Scholarship Conditions page for further information.


Fees and Scholarships Team, Student Administration.