Flinders University :Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship

Opening Date: 20-07-2020   Closing Date: 07-08-2020  


The Commonwealth government and Flinders University have established the Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS) to assist indigenous students with costs associated with their study at Flinders University.

The number of ICAS available each year will be determined by annual funding from the Commonwealth government. The 2020 value is $1377 per semester.  Scholarships awarded mid year will only be valid for one semester. 


All scholarship applicants must:

  • be of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
  • identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and
  • be accepted as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander by the community in which they live or have lived; and
  • normally be enrolled full-time at Flinders University in an undergraduate or postgraduate course of study or the Foundation Studies program; and
  • not be in receipt of a Student Start-up Scholarship or Student Start-up Loan (available to ABSTUDY, Austudy and Youth Allowance recipients); and
  • be able to demonstrate financial disadvantage or have a permanent home address in Inner or Outer Regional, Remote or Very Remote Australia as defined by the Australian Standard Geographic Classification (ASGC).

Interested applicants can check if their home address qualifies as rural or regional by using the Doctor Connect website.

Scholarships will be available in both areas of financial need and remoteness of permanent home address. Scholarships will be available to both commencing students (main round in semester one and mid-year round) and continuing students (main round in semester one only). Previous recipients of an Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship may reapply but will be limited to a maximum of 8 payments in total.


The scholarship is awarded for up to 1 year of full-time study. These payments are subject to the student maintaining a full-time study load and satisfactory academic performance. The scholarship will be paid in two equal instalments, after the census date of each semester. Scholarships are available to part-time students in exceptional circumstances, which includes (but is not limited to) disability, illness or carer responsibilities. Part-time scholarship recipients will receive the same annual value as full-time scholarship recipients. 


In selecting recipients the following factors will be considered:

  • the applicant’s permanent home address
  • financial need
  • University entrance pathway and score (commencing students)
  • GPA (continuing students)

Selection of the candidate(s) will be made in accordance with procedures approved by the Director, Student Administration, in consultation with the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement.



Applications should be submitted online through the Flinders University Student System by the specified closing date. Applicants will need to login and navigate to the My Scholarships tab to submit an application. The application form for this scholarship is called "Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarships".  Please read the how to apply page and ensure all of your personal details are up-to-date in Student Two as you will be assessed using the information in the Student System, including home and semester address, indigenous status, citizenship etc.

As part of your application, you will need to prove you are from a rural/regional area and/or are in financial need.

Students who are applying on the basis of financial need will need to demonstrate either:

1. They are in receipt of government means-tested benefits such as ABSTUDY, Youth Allowance etc, OR

2. other financial hardship using the Financial Hardship form below.

Students who are applying on the basis of rural/regional residency will need to provide a rural/regional address. This is normally recorded in the Student System as your home address which should be different to your semester address. If you no longer have a rural/regional address you will need to upload evidence demonstrating that you lived in a rural/regional area prior to undertaking your current study.

Scholarship Type: undergraduate, honours, postgraduate, research, financial, commencing, continuing, Indigenous students, regional/remote/rural students,