Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships

Status:       Opening Date: To be announced01/08/2016       Closing Date: To be announced14/10/2016


Commonwealth Indigenous Scholarships aim to assist Indigenous Australian students by providing financial support for general education or accommodation costs associated with full-time study usually in an undergraduate degree program at a campus of La Trobe University.

There are different types of Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships available:

NameEligibility2016 Rate *
Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (I-CECS)New and continuing Indigenous students$2599
Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (I-CAS)New and continuing Indigenous students$5199
Indigenous Enabling Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (IECECS)Enrolled in Tertiary Enabling Program$2599 (for up to two semesters)
Indigenous Enabling Commonwealth Accommodation Costs Scholarship (IECAS)Enrolled in Tertiary Enabling Program$5199 (for up to two semesters)

*Scholarship value is indexed each year.

Are you eligible to apply?

To be eligible for an Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS), you must:

  • be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • be able to demonstrate financial disadvantage
  • be enrolled in an undergraduate course or eligible graduate diploma at La Trobe University in 2017
  • be enrolled in La Trobe University's Tertiary Enabling Program in  2017*

Additionally, to be eligible for the Indigenous Access Scholarship (IAS) and the Accommodation Costs Scholarship (ICAS), you must

  • have lived in a regional/remote area of Australia for at least 3 of the 4 years prior to moving away to study at University
  • have not previously accepted or received an IAS from La Trobe or any other institution (applies to the IAS only)

*Applies to IECECS and IECAS only.




Future undergraduates
Current first year undergraduates


  • Albury-Wodonga
  • Bendigo
  • City Campus
  • Franklin Street
  • Melbourne
  • Mildura
  • Shepparton

How are successful applicants selected?

  • Evidence of having significant caring responsibilities
  • Disability or ongoing medical condition
  • Educational disadvantage
  • Financial disadvantage
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Regional or rural background
  • Socio-economic disadvantage
  • Other hardship or disadvantage


Duration of course

How can I apply

The first round of applications for 2017 are closed.

Who to contact for further information

Scholarships Unit