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Scholarship details

2020 Shooting Stars Indigenous Scholarship - Higher Degree by Research

Status: Open

Applications open: 12/12/2019
Applications accepted at any time

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About this scholarship

Shooting Stars will generously fund either a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) scholarship (preferred) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) scholarship to support a female Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student to conduct a research project based on the core aims of Shooting Stars, its key outcomes and evaluation methods, in order to assist with the evaluation of the programs’ successes and improvement opportunities to empower Indigenous women.

In line with Shooting Stars aim to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, this scholarship opportunity is for a female Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander candidate intending to commence a PhD or MPhil research program, enrolling through the Center for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University, Bentley Campus.

  • Future Students
  • Centre for Aboriginal Studies
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Students
  • Australian Citizen
  • Merit Based

  • The successful candidate will receive a stipend valued at $30,000 per annum (tax free).
  • The duration of the award for a PhD candidate shall be for three years with a maximum six (6) month extension (assessed on a case by case basis).
  • The duration of the award for a MPhil candidate is two years maximum, there is no provision for an extension.
  • In addition to the stipend, Shooting Stars will also make funds available to cover reasonable travel and accommodation expenses that will be negotiated in writing based on the research project.

Scholarship Details


The successful candidate must enrol into a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) research program as a full time student.

The successful candidate must:

  1. be female and of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  2. meet the minimum entry requirement for admission into the PhD or MPhil research program at Curtin University.

The following criteria is desirable:

  • From any discipline but with backgrounds in social sciences, physical arts, education, health, statistics and/or software engineering.
  • The successful candidate may work in one, or across several Shooting Stars sites, including: Carnarvon, Derby, Halls Creek, Laverton, Leonora, Meekatharra, Mullewa, and Narrogin in Western Australia.
  • The successful candidate is strongly encouraged to work with a community where they have family connections.
  • Candidate must be interested in research to advance one of the four key outcomes of the Shooting Stars program to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander females.

Shooting Stars’ four key outcomes:

  1. Participants maintain/improve their school attendance (target minimum 80%).
  2. Participants maintain/improve a positive attitude towards their education, health and well-being, and future.
  3. Empower Aboriginal Women: The number of Aboriginal women gainfully employed or undertaking higher education is increased (e.g. grow the number of young women completing Year 12 at each site; increase Glass Jar Australia’s Aboriginal staff rate to 100%).
  4. Embed the Shooting Stars Program (the Program) in Communities: Family, communities, local service providers, and schools are engaged in Shooting Stars program delivery of events and reward trips.


Application process

To apply please submit an expression of interest via email to: Dr Shaouli Shahid, Centre for Aboriginal Studies, together with the following: 

  1. A letter expressing interest in the scholarship;
  2. Current CV; and
  3. Academic transcripts
  4. Submitting a short sample of academic writing (e.g., excerpt of honours/masters thesis, published article) is encouraged but not mandatory.


Enrolment Requirements

The successful candidate must enrol full-time into the PhD or MPhil research program, and meet their Milestones 1, 2 and 3 requirements.

Changes to Enrolment

Part-time scholarship may be considered, however Curtin University must be satisfied that there is an exceptional circumstances which limits the student's capacity to undertake full-time study.


For further information please contact:

Dr Shaouli Shahid
Senior Lecturer, Centre for Aboriginal Studies
08 9266 5147

Further Information

  • The successful candidate will be required to submit a summary progress report at the end of each 12-month funding period. Information from this summary progress report will be shared with Shooting Stars.
  • In Australia, the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their non-Indigenous peers is significant in terms of attendance, retention to Year 12, and literacy and numeracy skills, with the gap widening in regional and remote contexts. School-based, engagement programs work to close this gap by providing holistic support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students while requiring a certain level of school attendance by program participants. Shooting Stars is an engagement program based in eight remote and regional schools in Western Australia, where it uses netball and other incentives to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in their education, while promoting their health and well-being. 

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