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Scholarship details

2022 - Moorditj Yorga Scholarship

Status: Closed

Applications open: 22/09/2021
Applications close: 26/11/2021

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About this scholarship

‘Moorditj Yorga’ means ‘strong woman’ in Nyungar language, and this Scholarship will support mature-aged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to enter and succeed at Curtin University. This Scholarship recognises and celebrates the contributions of First Nations women to their families and communities, and that applicants will bring their own diverse life experience and knowledge as a recipient of this Scholarship. 

The Moorditj Yorga Scholarship will help Moorditj women to enter university, successfully pass their first degree, and receive individualised mentoring as they transition into their careers. It aims to build upon their own personal and cultural strengths, enabling them to become strong leaders and role models within their own families and communities, and in doing so, helping Australia grow and prosper. Recipients of this Scholarship will also receive support from a dedicated Moorditj Yorga Coordinator throughout their time at Curtin.   

If you would like any assistance with your application, or if you would like to speak with someone about this Scholarship, please email   

  • Current Students
  • Future Students
  • Centre for Aboriginal Studies
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Science courses
    • Engineering courses
    • Western Australian School of Mines (WASM)
  • Pathways to undergraduate
  • Undergraduate
  • Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Students
  • Australian Citizen
  • Need Based

The Moorditj Yorga Scholarship will provide the following support for up to a maximum of 5 years (based on a full-time study load of 200 credits per year):

  • An annual stipend of $10,000 per annum (based on full-time enrolment of 200 credits per year). Recipients will receive four payments of $2,500 each year (at the beginning and end of each semester).*

*Payment will be pro-rata based on enrolment

Scholarship Details

All pathway courses at Curtin University 

All undergraduate degrees at Curtin University

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for the Moorditj Yorga Scholarship:

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Identify as female
  • Be mature-aged (25 years of age or older)*
  • Commencing or currently undertaking a pathway course or an undergraduate degree at Curtin University in semester 1, 2022
  • Enrolled either full-time (100 credits) or part-time (minimum of 50 credits per semester) at Curtin University
  • A minimum Course Weight Average (CWA) of 50 (if applicable)*

Deferral of this scholarship is not permitted

*Applicants between the ages of 21 and 24 years may be considered under special circumstances, at the discretion of the Scholarships team.
*Applicants with a Course Weight Average (CWA) of less than 50 may be considered under special circumstances, at the discretion of the Scholarships team.

Application process

Step 1: Access online application form

  • Applications are to be submitted using the online application form. Access the form by clicking on the ‘Apply Online’ button on the top right-hand side of this page

Step 2: Complete

  • Complete the application form online
  • Application form can be saved at any point of the process
  • Multiple scholarships can be applied for at one time
  • Tips on how to complete your application can be found under the Applying for scholarships link on the scholarships website

Step 3: Submit

  • Closing date is listed at the top of the page
  • Once submitted, application status will change to submitted

Step 4: Receipt

  • Application receipt will be sent to the email address provided when you created your Curtin account, or to the student email once application has been submitted

Step 5: Assessment

  • Applications will be assessed by an assessment panel using the following criteria:
    • Receipt of an offer of a place into a pathway course or undergraduate degree at Curtin University in 2022 (if applicable)
    • Responses to questions in application form
  • Optional:
    • Supporting references, including references from current and past teachers and/or community/organisation representatives
    • Recognising that applicants have different strengths (verbal over written), applicants can request a ‘yarn’ with a Scholarships Advisor or the Moorditj Yorga Coordinator to support their application. Yarns will be arranged and conducted after the application closing date in early December

Step 6: Outcome

  • Outcomes will be sent after main round offers in mid-January (all successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified).

Step 7: Acceptance

  • Successful applicants must accept the terms and conditions by the deadline
  • Deferral of this scholarship is not permitted

Please note:

  • Scholarship will be awarded if there are applicants of sufficient need
  • Scholarship will commence from first semester of study
  • Scholarship is not transferable to another university

Enrolment Requirements

Recipients must meet ALL of the following:

  • Maintain an enrolment of at least 50 credit points each study period at Curtin University
  • Maintain a course weighted average (CWA) 50 each study period
  • Fail no more than one unit per study period

Changes to Enrolment

If a recipient intends to change their enrolment, they must also apply in writing to the Scholarships Office ( for approval BEFORE the change. The Scholarships Office will advise how the change will affect their scholarship.

Withdrawal or Terminated from units or course: A recipient who withdraws from their units or course of study, or has been terminated from their studies will become ineligible for the continuation of the scholarship, will not receive any further payments and will be required to repay to Curtin University the stipend awarded for that study period if applicable.

Cancellation of Scholarship: Notwithstanding any provision above, Curtin reserves the rights, at its sole discretion, to cancel the award of, or continuity of, the scholarship where the sponsor ceases to fund the scholarship.


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Further Information

Tips on how to complete your application can be found under the Applying for scholarships link on the scholarships website.

Application Advice

Students may apply for as many scholarships as they are eligible for, and if successful, will be awarded the highest value scholarship. If students are successful in receiving an offer for more than one scholarship valued the same, or they are successful for more than one externally funded scholarship, they will have the opportunity to select their preferred scholarship. 

For further information about holding more than one scholarship contact the Scholarships Office.


For advice on your Centrelink payments and how your scholarship could affect your payment please see Department of Human Services or contact a Centrelink Office.  If you require a letter about your scholarship for Centrelink, please contact the Scholarships Office. 


Generally scholarship money paid to full-time students is not treated as taxable income, however if your study load is less than 75 credits (part-time) your scholarship money is not tax exempt. Other than the full-time study requirement, the general rule is that scholarships are exempt from taxation unless:

  • It is a condition of the scholarship that a recipient is required to undertake activities that are of use, help or benefit to the scholarship provider - then the student is rendering a service by agreeing to undertake those activities;
  • An award is received by a student where the scholarship is not provided principally for educational purposes.
  • During or upon completion of the degree for which the scholarship is awarded a recipient is required to become, or shall continue to be, an employee of the funding body; or

The Australian Tax Office has a tool to help you determine if your scholarship is taxable.  For expert advice please contact the Australian Taxation Office or your accountant when completing your annual Tax Return.  If a letter regarding your scholarship is required for taxation purposes, please contact the Scholarships Office.

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