Flinders University :Professor Lowitja O'Donoghue Indigenous Student Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Opening Date: 01-09-2021   Closing Date: 31-10-2021  

This Scholarship is part of the main HDR scholarships round, and the Referee Repprt form, Publication Coversheet and Ranking guidelines can be found on the AGRTPS and FIPRS pages.


This scholarship will enable an Indigenous student to undertake a program of study at Flinders University leading to a Doctorate by research or a Masters degree by research.


This scholarship provides an indexed tax-free stipend, for up to three years for a Doctorate by research, or up to two years for a Masters degree by research, subject to satisfactory progress. The scholarship offers generous leave provisions and allowances.

The successful applicant will be eligible to receive a RTP fee offset, which provides an exemption from tuition fees. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree will be deducted from the maximum period of tenure.


To be eligible for consideration for the award of this 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 he or she lives or has lived, and
  • have a completed honours degree or equivalent degree where a research thesis has been completed.

Applicants must:

  • Be enrolling as full-time students (part-time awards are available in certain circumstances);
  • Be commencing or continuing a Masters degree by research or Doctorate by research;
  • Have had their candidature accepted in the area in which they propose to undertake their studies.


To be considered for the Professor Lowitja O'Donoghue Indigenous Student Postgraduate Research Scholarship, you will need to first submit an application for admission to a Higher Degree by research (PhD or Master of Arts by research) followed by an application for the HDR Scholarship group main round on the student information system.  By doing this, you will produce an application for all of the scholarships that are available  in this main round, and specifically the Lowitija O'Donoghue if you are indigenous.

You will need to have an active Flinders Authentication Name (FAN) to complete this process.

If you have never studied at, or made an application to Flinders University, you can register and submit your application for admission to a Research higher degree using the application portal.

After completing your registration you will receive a confirmation email, this will arrive within 1 hour to your nominated email address and will contain your login details and instructions on how to activate your FAN.

If you have studied at Flinders University within the last 12 months you can submit your application for admission to a research higher degree, and for a scholarship via the Student Information System.

You will find the application forms by selecting the My Applications tab at the top of the page; selecting the degree you wish to be admitted to, and completing the form.  Once you have completed the application for admission, you will need to complete an application for the scholarship. To do this, continue by selecting the My Scholarship tab and then create a new scholarship application.  The scholarship application is called HDR main Scholarship - group.  Completing both applications will ensure you are assessed for both the group of scholarships that are available, and admission to the Higher Degree by research.

If you have studied at Flinders University but graduated more than 12 months ago you will need to reactive your FAN via the FAN reactivation page.  With an active FAN you will then be able to submit your application for admission via the Student Information System as advised above.

If you have previously applied to study at Flinders, you will be able to reactive your FAN via the FAN reactivation page, you will need to enter your Fist name, Last name, date of birth and your student ID, normally found on any letters sent by the university to you.  The system will be able to identify you more accurately if you can enter your student ID.

Once your application is complete, including all mandatory questions and documentation, your application will be assessed.  Assessment will commence once applications have closed.

  • Download the conditions of award for this scholarship scheme. This document is provided as an Adobe Acrobat portable document format (pdf) file. You will need to install the Adobe Acrobat reader on your computer to view pdf files. The Adobe Acrobat Reader is available free of charge from Adobe's website. Adobe provides tools for converting pdf files to HTML and ASCII text for users with vision impairments at its access.adobe.com website. If you require this document in other formats (plain text, ASCII), please contact the Student Finance Services.
Scholarship Type: research, commencing, continuing, Indigenous students,