The University of Newcastle, Australia

Indigenous Priority Scheme


The University is committed to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD candidates achieve success in their studies. The Indigenous Priority Scheme has been established with support from the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP).

Scholarship applications will be assessed and awarded on a monthly basis, depending on the availability of funding.

Eligible applicants may submit their application for scholarship by email to The application process and criteria is outlined in the Indigenous Priority Scheme Scholarship Guidelines.

Scholarships consist of a 4 year stipend (equivalent to the Research Training Program Stipend base rate), up to 4 years Tuition Fees, and in accordance with the Research Training Program Scholarship Policy, and where appropriate, a relocation reimbursement of up to $1,500.

Traditional Custodians

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal Nation, Darkinjung Nation, Biripai Nation, Worimi Nation, Wonnarua Nation and Eora Nation. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.