2024 - Semester 2 - Moorditj Yorga Scholarship

Updated: about 3 hours ago

Status: Open

Applications open: 17/06/2024
Applications close: 7/08/2024

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About this scholarship

'Moorditj Yorga' means 'strong woman' in Nyungar language, and this Scholarship will support mature-aged Aboriginal or 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 [email protected] .   

Please keep in mind that you may be contacted to provide additional information for assessment. If more information is needed, you will be sent an email with a form to fill out and a deadline by which you must return the form if you want to be considered for this scholarship.

  • Current 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
  • Merit 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 100 credits per semester):

  • A total value of up to $10,000 per year paid as a cash stipend of $5,000 per semester. The amount can be used at the recipient’s discretion to contribute towards educational related expenses
  • Support from a dedicated Moorditj Yorga Coordinator

Scholarship Details

All bridging and undergraduate courses at Curtin University.

Double degrees are accepted, however maximum support duration will not exceed 5 years. 

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

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  • Identify as female.
  • Be mature-aged (25 years of age or older) *
  • Enrolled in a pathway course or an undergraduate degree at Curtin University in semester 2, 2024.
  • There are two offerings available for this round. For the first offering students must be from from one of the following Traditional Owner Groups: Eastern Guruma, Yindjibarndi, or Ngarluma.
  • For the other offering, there is no restriction on Traditional Owner Group, but all other eligibility criteria must be met.
  • Enrolled minimum of 50 credits per semester at Curtin University.
  • Be willing to share your story as a recipient of Moorditj Yorga Scholarship.

*Applicants between the ages of 21 and 24 years may be considered under special circumstances, at the discretion of the Scholarships Office. Please contact the Scholarships Office via email [email protected] or phone 1300 222 888 by the closing date if this age range is applicable to you.

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
  • Please note that this link will direct you to the general "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship Program " application form. Once you submit your application, you will then be considered for all scholarships that you are eligible for in this round.

Step 2: Complete

  • Complete the application form online
  • Application form can be saved at any point of the process
  • Tips on how to complete your application can be found under the Applying for scholarships link on the scholarships website
  • For any assistance with the application process or your application, please contact us on 1300 222 888 or email us at [email protected] . Please note: appointments can be made to speak to an advisor in person

Step 3: Submit

  • Closing date is listed at the top of the page
  • 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

  • Applications for the Moorditj Yorga will be assessed by an assessment panel using the following criteria:
    • Confirmation of enrolment into a bridging course or undergraduate degree at Curtin University in semester 2, 2024
    • 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’ to support their application. Yarns will be arranged by the Scholarships Office and conducted after the application closing date around late August.
    • In Financial need or from a low social-economic background
    • Please note: Preference may be given to a particular traditional owner group or discipline

Step 6: Outcome

  • All successful and unsuccessful applicants notified of their outcome via the Scholarships Channel (Student OASIS) within 6-8 weeks of the scholarship closing date

Step 7: Acceptance

  • Successful applicants must accept the terms and conditions via the Scholarship Channel (Student OASIS) by the deadline

Please note:

  • Scholarship will be awarded if there are applicants of sufficient merit and need

Enrolment Requirements

Recipients must meet all of the following:

  • Maintain minimum 50 credit points each study period at Curtin University
  • Maintain a course weighted average (CWA) of 50 each study period
  • Fail no more than one unit per study period
  • Be willing to share your story as a recipient of Moorditj Yorga Scholarship


Scholarships Office

E: [email protected]

T: 1300 222 888

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Further Information

For further information about applying for scholarships including important dates and tips for preparing your application, utilise the resources available on the Applying for Scholarships webpage.

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