Indigenous Students in Science

If you’re an Indigenous student thinking about a career in science, read on to learn about what we can offer you at the University of Melbourne.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students come from all over Australia to study with us, and several hundred Indigenous students are part of our friendly community on campus.

We provide an inclusive and supportive environment for you to pursue your aspirations.

Residential Indigenous Science Experience (RISE)

RISE is a free week-long camp for Indigenous Year 9 and 10 students who are excited about science, technology, engineering, and maths. We welcome applications from students from anywhere in Australia.
More about RISE

Bachelor of Science

A Bachelor of Science is the first step towards a dream career in science, health or technology. We also offer the Bachelor of Science (Extended) – a 4-year course especially for talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who may not meet the regular Bachelor of Science entry requirements. You’ll have access to the full range of subject choices and opportunities within the Bachelor of Science, plus Indigenous studies subjects and built-in support.

Meet a science student

Gabrielle Ebsworth

Originally from rural NSW, Gabrielle Ebsworth is a Wangkumara woman currently undertaking the Bachelor of Science (Extended).

“In my Bachelor of Science, I plan to major in Neuroscience as I’m very interested in the functioning of the brain and its effects on human thought and emotion, particularly surrounding mental health and neurological disorders.”

Gabrielle has her future plans all sorted out: after majoring in neuroscience, she aims to work in a health-care setting.

“Coming from a tight-knit Aboriginal family, I’ve always had an interest in working with community”.

Scholarships for Indigenous science students

Visit the Scholarships website, to view and search all scholarship options.

Scholarship name Applications open Applications close Total value Number awarded
Science Indigenous Commencing Scholarship Automatic consideration up to $2,000 ~ 15
Agilent Indigenous STEM Leadership Awards 29 Nov 2019 17 Apr 2020 up to $2,000 ~ 5
Agilent PhD Scholarship in Science Automatic consideration 1
Indigenous PhD Scholarship in Science Automatic consideration 1

Access Melbourne special entry scheme

We have a special entry scheme designed especially for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Access Melbourne can help you gain entry into courses such as the Bachelor of Science, even if your ATAR is below the minimum. More about Access Melbourne

We have a similar scheme for graduate courses. More about Graduate Access Melbourne

Support from Murrup Barak

The team at Murrup Barak, the Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development, can help you with any questions you have about applying for the University of Melbourne.

Once you’re here, the Murrup Barak Student Success Team can help you settle into life at uni with dedicated facilities, events, advice and more.  
Get in touch with Murrup Barak

Our commitment to reconciliation

The University of Melbourne prioritises purposeful and respectful engagement with Indigenous communities. Our formal commitments to reconciliation are outlined in our third Reconciliation Action Plan 2018- 2022 [PDF].

The Faculty of Science also has an Indigenous Strategic Plan, which guides our efforts to lead Indigenous engagement and reconciliation through a shared endeavour to expand human knowledge in all aspects of the sciences.

Agilent Technologies: supporting future Indigenous leaders

The science and healthcare company Agilent Technologies has been pivotal in supporting many of the opportunities we offer Indigenous students.

Philip Binns from Agilent Technologies said his company felt honoured to partner with the University of Melbourne to increase the pool of talented young Indigenous Australians capable of becoming future leaders in science, technology, engineering and maths.

“As a global scientific leader with a significant Australian based R&D capability, we look forward to providing both funding and the opportunity for career mentoring and experience to STEM graduates.”