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Curtin University

2018 - Department of Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner's Aboriginal Program Scholarship

Status: Open
Applications open: 06/03/2018
Applications close: 30/03/2018

About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information

DFES is WA’s leading hazard management agency, responsible for the coordination and delivery of emergency services for a range of natural disasters and emergency incidents threatening life, environment and property.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner’s Aboriginal Program Scholarship is to support and encourage Indigenous Australians to undertake an undergraduate degree course at Curtin.

Student type
  • Current Students
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Humanities
  • Centre for Aboriginal Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Science & Engineering
Course type
  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate Coursework
Specifically for
  • Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Students

Non-gender specific

  • Australian Citizen
Scholarship base
  • Merit Based

Department of Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner’s Aboriginal Program Scholarship will provide the following support for up to one year of study (based on a full time study load of 100 credits per semester):

  • A total value of $5,000 paid as a cash stipend of
    • $3,000 in semester 1
    • $2,000 in semester 2* 

*Payment of the second stipend will be subject to the completion of promotional activities. The amount can be used at the recipient’s discretion to contribute towards educational related expenses or general living expenses.

Eligible courses
  • All Undergraduate degree courses
  • All Masters by coursework courses
Eligibility criteria

Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner’s Aboriginal Program Scholarship:

  • Be of, or identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • From Western Australia
  • Enrolled or enrolling in one of the following:
    • An Undergraduate degree that relates to DFES operational goals of building safer communities at Curtin
    • A Masters by coursework that relates to DFES operational goals of building safer communities at Curtin
  • Current CWA of 70
  • Have an active commitment to leadership or community service activities
  • Not be in receipt of any other scholarship
  • Be willing to participate in two promotional activities i.e. photo shoot and video interview

This scholarship will be awarded provided there are applicants considered to be of sufficient merit. In the absence of any suitable applicant(s) the scholarship selection panel reserves the right not to award the scholarship.

Conditions that need to be met to keep your scholarship

Recipients must meet ALL of the following:

  • Remain enrolled in initial course of study
  • Maintain a full time study load of at least 100 credit points each semester at Curtin University
  • Maintain a course weighted average (CWA) of at least 70 each semester
  • Pass all units attempted each semester
  • Participate in DFES activities which promote scholarship objectives

Scholarship continuity is subject to meeting satisfactory academic progress as outlined above. Progress will be assessed at the end of each study period. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, a recipient with unsatisfactory progress or who breaches the scholarship conditions shall be ineligible to retain the scholarship. Exceptional circumstances must be forwarded to and shall be at the discretion of the Scholarships Office in consultation with a representative of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner’s Aboriginal Program.

How to apply

Application process

Step 1: Apply

  • Application form can be accessed via ‘My Studies’ tab in OASIS or via 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 ‘Application Advice’ tab on the scholarships website

Step 3: Submit

  • Closing date listed at top of page and within scholarships channel on OASIS
  • Incomplete applications will not be assessed
  • Once submitted, application status will change to submitted

Step 4: Receipt

  • Application receipt will be sent to student email once application has been submitted
Step 5: Assessment & Selection
  • Applications will be assessed and selected by an assessment panel using the following criteria:
    • Academic merit
    • Responses to questions in application form
    • Demonstrated alignment with DFES operational goals of building safer communities
    • Demonstrated leadership and/or Community involvement
    • Demonstrated willingness to contribute to building safer and more resilient communities
    • References
Step 6: Outcome
  • Successful and unsuccessful interview applicants notified of outcome via Official Communications Channel within approx. 2 weeks of interview

Step 7: Acceptance

  • Successful applicants must return acceptance documents by deadline listed in Official Communication

Please note:

  • Scholarship will be awarded if there are applicants of sufficient merit
  • Scholarship will commence from first semester of study
  • Scholarship is not transferrable to another major, course or university

Need more information?


Scholarships Office


T: (08) 9266 2992

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Further information

What scholarships can I apply for? 

How do I complete my application? Please download the Application Guide.

How do I prepare for an interview?

Holding more than one industry scholarship:

Students that do not currently hold an industry funded scholarship may apply for as many scholarships as they are eligible to apply for however, students cannot hold more than one conflicting industry funded scholarship.

If students are successful for more than one industry funded scholarship in the same award period, they will be given the opportunity to select their preferred scholarship.

For further information about holding more than one scholarship contact

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