Department of Indigenous Studies


Macquarie University offers a range of scholarships. Most have a strong emphasis on social inclusion and equity and are awarded on the basis of financial need and/or other hardship. Others recognise factors such as academic excellence or sporting achievement.

Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships (CS) assist Indigenous students from low socio-economic backgrounds, with costs associated with higher education.
These scholarships:

  • don't count as income for any social security test
  • will be allocated to eligible applicants on a competitive basis
  • don't need to be repaid

The Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships that are offered at Macquarie are:

  • Indigenous Access Scholarship (valued at $4984 in 2014)
  • Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (valued at $2492 in 2014)
  • Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (valued at $4702 in 2014)

How to apply: Applications for this scheme are made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) but processed through individual universities. More information and the online application can be found at

The Macquarie University Dunmore Lang College Regional and Rural Scholarship

This Macquarie University and Dunmore Lang College R-n-R scholarship was created in recognition of the initial and ongoing costs for a student relocating from regional and rural Australia to study at Macquarie University. Recipients of the RNR Scholarship also receive other forms of support.

In addition to demonstrating that an applicant is relocating from regional or rural Australia successful applicants will need to demonstrate:

  • demonstrated financial need
  • capacity to triumph over hardship
  • leadership or community involvement potential
  • they are a new undergraduate domestic student to Macquarie University having not studied at University before

For 2014, some of these scholarships will be specifically for indigenous applicants.

Value: The successful applicant will receive:
A Macquarie Education Costs Scholarship (MECS) valued at $4938 (amount is indexed each year).
A fully funded standard room in (including board) Dunmore Lang College (valued at $13,000 per annum).
Scholarship renewable for up to 4 years if a student continues to meet eligibility criteria.

How to apply: Applications for this scheme are made direct to the University via an on line application at

Information on Dunmore Lang College can be found on their website:

Please keep in touch with Warawara or the Coursework Scholarship and Prizes Unit as scholarships sometimes become available outside of traditional scholarship periods. This is through external funding and/or donations to the University.  

Scholarship enquiries

Coursework Scholarships & Prizes Unit, Level 3, Lincoln Building
Macquarie University NSW 2109
Web site:
Phone: 02 9850 7337 / 6401