The Commonwealth Scholarships Program (CSP) assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from low socio-economic backgrounds.

The scholarships are particularly aimed at Indigenous students from rural and regional Australia.

The Lyons sisters, of Wiradjuri descent, are researchers at VU's Moondani Balluk Academic Unit.

Commonwealth Scholarships Program

There are three scholarships in the Commonwealth Scholarships Program at Victoria University:

  • Indigenous Access Scholarship (IAS)
  • Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS) 
  • Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (ICAS).

The Indigenous Access Scholarship (IAS) is a one-off payment designed to support the recipient commencing their studies.

The Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS) and the Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (ICAS) are paid for the duration of the recipient’s course or for a maximum of four years.

Value of Indigenous Commonwealth scholarships

The scholarship amounts change slightly each year. In 2018 they are:

  • IAS: $5,052
  • ICECS: $2,676
  • ICAS: $5,355.

Eligibility for Indigenous Commonwealth scholarships

To be eligible for these scholarships students must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • be an Indigenous person
  • be enrolled full-time in a degree-level course
  • not have already completed a bachelor degree, unless it is a prerequisite for their current course of study
  • be in receipt of Centrelink payments or able to demonstrate financial hardship.

In addition, to be eligible for the Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship the recipient must have moved from a regional or remote area of Australia within the last four years.