Aboriginal Rural Allied Health University Student Scholarship

The Aboriginal Rural Allied Health University Student Scholarship provides financial assistance to Aboriginal allied health students with a rural background who demonstrate an interest in a rural career.

About the scholarship

This Scholarship supports students undertaking full-time studies in their allied health chosen field and assists with the expenses associated with undertaking tertiary studies.

The applicant is offered the opportunity to apply for a one off $10,000 scholarship (prorata for part time study) to assist with training costs such as fees, technology or placement costs.

Priority for this scholarship will be given to Aboriginal students completing a psychology, audiology or a speech pathology qualification that qualifies them to practice in this profession.

Download Scholarship Guidelines for full application and eligibility criteria

Who is eligible?

Applicants for the Aboriginal Rural Allied Health University Student Scholarship must:

  1. Be of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent or identify as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander or be recognised and accepted by the Aboriginal community in which they live or work.
  2. Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident and a resident of NSW.
  3. Have resided in a rural or remote area in NSW for a minimum of five consecutive or eight cumulative years since the age of five and whose immediate family currently resides in a rural* or remote area of NSW.
  4. Be enrolled in a university course, at least AQF 7 that qualifies you to practice at completion, in the one of the following professions:
  5. Audiology

    Music Therapy


    Art Therapy

    Nuclear Medicine Technology

    Radiation Therapy

    Child Life Therapy

    Occupational Therapy




    Sexual Assault

    Dietetics & Nutrition

    Orthotics / Prosthetics

    Social Work

    Diversional Therapy


    Speech Pathology

    Exercise Physiology



    Genetic Counselling


  6. Provide evidence of enrolment in your course for 2023.
  7. Demonstrate a desire to contribute to the future of health in rural and regional NSW.

How to apply

Complete the online application form by midnight Thursday 16 February 2023. Late applications will not be accepted.

  1. Upload your evidence of enrolment details.
  2. As part of this application, please respond to the following questions and upload your responses in one document:
    • Explain why you are interested in this qualification and what you hope to achieve from completion of the course.
    • Describe how the skills and knowledge you will gain from this study will be applied and benefit the rural community.
    • Describe how this scholarship will assist you to complete your studies.

Scholarship timeframes



Aboriginal Allied Health University Student Scholarship opens

23 January 2023

Scholarship closes

16 February 2023

Applications reviewed

Feb/March 2023

Notification of outcomes to applicants

6 March 2023

Acceptance of scholarship by applicant

Within 7 days

Payment transferred

By 31 March 2023

* See Scholarship Guidelines for the areas covered by rural Local Health Districts