Scholarships and Grants
The department provides a number of scholarships and grants and encourages Indigenous people to apply. If you are looking for scholarship and grant opportunities the following links may help:
- Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarships
The Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarships (previously the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teaching Scholarships) were developed to assist aspiring teachers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent to complete their degrees and make a difference in education.
The scholarships provide financial assistance to scholarship holders to gain degrees in education at Queensland universities. Scholarships are valued at up to $20,000 each.
- About the Bid O'Sullivan Teaching Scholarships
Since 1999 the Department of Education, Training and the Arts has offered the Bid O'Sullivan Teaching Scholarships annually to assist Year 12 students from rural and remote areas who have chosen teaching as their career.
The scholarships provide financial assistance to the student while studying an undergraduate education course at a Queensland university. Each scholarship is valued at $20,000 (before tax).
QSA Deadly pathways - Scholarships
For further information on scholarships available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students visit the Queensland Studies Authority website.
QATSIF QCE Scholarship
QATSIF recognises the vital role that successful completion of schooling and the availability of opportunities through higher education have in building a foundation for employment and better quality of life. However, it is equally aware that senior education is a resource not easily accessed by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The proportion of Indigenous young people achieving the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) is significantly lower than their non-Indigenous counterparts. Closing the Gap Education Strategy (2009) indicates that the apparent retention rates in Years 10 to 12 for Indigenous students from 2005 to 2008 increased slightly from 55 to 58 per cent. This compares with the non-Indigenous student apparent retention rate, which reduced slightly from 73.8 to 71.6 per cent. COAG strategies to increase Year 12 attainment to 90 per cent are being supported by the QATSIF QCE Scholarship Scheme.
Lambert McBride Bursary
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary students are invited to apply for a grant under the Queensland Government's Lambert McBride Perpetual Education Bursary.
Students enrolled in second or third year studies at any Queensland tertiary institution can apply for a grant of $5000.
The Bursary, established by the Queensland Government to recognise the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Constitutional referendum, is named in honour of the late Lambert McBride - an advocate and lobbyist for Queensland Indigenous rights.
Michael Baker, a second year Bachelor of Oral Health student at Griffith University, is the 2012 recipient of the Lambert-McBride Perpetual Bursary. Mr Baker already holds a Bachelor of Business degree and at 23 years of age, has already an impressive list of qualifications, volunteer experience and academic record.
For further information, please contact the Equity/Scholarship Officer at your University.
provides links to various funding sources for artistic endeavours, some of which cater specifically to Indigenous projects.
The Indigenous Lighthouse Grants Program ended in 2012
Between 2008 and 2012 the Indigenous Lighthouse Grants provided funds to support 50 projects. A selection of case studies from these projects and full lists of the successful applicants are listed below:
The successful projects were
Eleven projects 433k were funded in 2012.
Six projects 373k were funded in 2011.
Twelve projects 443k were funded in 2010.
Ten projects 37k were funded in 2009.
Eleven projects 37k were funded in 2008.
Southside Dreaming Circus Skills Project 1.1M
Yarrabah Art Excellence Program 642k
Numbellie Seat Project 7.8M
Media in Schools Project 3.3M
The story of Maroon - shining a light on understanding 471k
Justice pathways open for Indigenous students 360k
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This page was last reviewed on 11 Feb 2013