Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre Success Scholarships

Kulbardi was first established in 1988 as the Aboriginal Education Unit for Murdoch University. The centre was named the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre by respected Elder Ralph Winmar. Kulbardi, pronounced ‘Kool-bar-dee’, is the Noongar word for magpie.

The Kulbardi Success Scholarships are open to all Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students currently enrolled in an enabling, undergraduate or postgraduate course at Murdoch University.​

Awarded in categories of:​

  • Kulbardi Education Assistance
  • Kulbardi Childcare Support Scheme
  • Kulbardi Accommodation Assistance
  • Kulbardi Laptop Scheme

No. of Scholarships:
Duration of Award:
1 Semester
Level of study:
Semester Availability:
  Semester 1
  Semester 2
Study Area:
  Creative Arts and Communication
  Law and Criminology
  Social and Cultural Studies


To apply for this scholarship you must:

  • intend to enrol or are currently enrolled at Murdoch University in either an enabling, undergraduate or postgraduate course
  • be an Australian citizen
  • be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • not currently be in receipt of any Commonwealth Scholarship payments (ICECS/ICAS/IAS) 
Please note:-
If you have residential costs paid for by Abstudy you are not eligible to apply for the Accommodation scholarship; and

If you have been previously been awarded the Commonwealth scholarship you may still be eligible for the Kulbardi Laptop Scheme.​ Circumstances of personal and/or financial hardship may also be taken into consideration.

Contact the Kulbardi Student Support Coordinator​ if you need more information.

How to Apply

Complete the online application form below and attach the required documents by the closing date. 

Required Documents

All applications are ranked against each other in a careful assessment of the combination of each of these criteria and documents:
  • completed application form
  • a personal statement (see application form for more details)
  • the potential for this scholarship to help you achieve your academic goals and planned career pathway.

For more information regarding the selection process please refer to this document​.

Payment Method

Monetary payments will be made fortnightly directly into your nominated bank account during the applicable semester.

Please note that the UG & PG scholarships are awarded each semester and students will need to reapply every 6 months.*

Kulbardi Laptop Scheme - laptop will be provided to you by the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre.

*Students who were awarded the Kulbardi Success (UG or PG) Scholarship will need to reapply BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE each semester.​

Scholarship Value:
To be confirmed
Opening Date:
15 Sep 2021
Closing Date:
07 Mar 2022
Student Type:
  • Domestic