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takamuna Scholarship for Education Costs

The Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP) has been introduced by the Federal Government from 1 January 2017. This program combines the Indigenous Support Program, the Commonwealth Scholarships program, and tutorial assistance previously funded through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, into a single flexible program. The aim of the ISSP is to improve progression and completion rates for Indigenous higher education students and provides universities more flexibility to implement responses that best meet the needs of individual students by providing scholarships, counselling and tutorial assistance, for example. Visit if you would like further information on these opportunities.



Funding for the takamuna Scholarship for Education Costs is provided by the Federal Government to assist Indigenous students with costs associated with university study. For Government reporting purposes, the scholarship is considered by the Government to be an Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS).

The general eligibility for the scholarship is that recipients must - be an Australian citizen; be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; be from a low socio-economic background; be studying a minimum of 12.5 credit points per semester at UTAS; and not be in receipt of a Centrelink Start-up Loan or Centrelink Start-up Scholarship.

The scholarship is available to students undertaking any course at the University, including students who were in receipt of an ICECS prior to 2017 but became ineligible for future payments due to reaching maximum duration.

In Semester 1 each year (only), as part of the 20 scholarships to be awarded, a separate scholarship has been created for 1 student to be awarded the Takumuna Rosie Smith Law Scholarship. Rosie Smith is a well-respected Aboriginal leader and holds a law degree from UTAS. The scholarship is awarded to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander commencing their first year of a law or combined law degree.

On-going Eligibility

To retain this award, recipients are required to achieve a minimum Pass result in all units studied each semester.


Up to $5,000 ($625 per 12.5 credit points)


Up to four years

Closing Date

30 June 2023


Students wishing to apply for this scholarship should apply for a ‘University of Tasmania Indigenous Scholarships '.

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