Colin and Eleanor Bourke Indigenous Postgraduate Scholarship

Colin and Eleanor Bourke Indigenous Postgraduate Scholarship

In honour of Colin and Eleanor Bourke's dedication to Monash University's human rights initiatives, this scholarship supports the ongoing education of Indigenous students undertaking a postgraduate coursework degree. Up to $40,000 is available for one student.


3 Aug - 6 Nov 2020

Total scholarship value

Up to $40,000

Number offered

One per year

Ashley Paxton

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business

Ashley Paxton: It eases the financial burden

As a scholarship recipient, I have peace of mind knowing that I won’t finish my degree under a mountain of debt.

Am I eligible?

You must be one of the following:

  • An Australian citizen

You must meet the following criteria:

  • Commencing or continuing student in a postgraduate (coursework) degree at a Monash campus in Australia.
  • To be eligible you must provide a Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Heritage certificate or a certified Statutory Declaration form to the William Cooper Institute. This can be emailed to If you have any queries please contact the William Cooper Institute on 9902 4972.


  • $20,000 per annum (48 credit points of study) paid until the minimum points for your degree are completed

Number offered

  • One scholarship available per year

Selection criteria

  • Based on academic achievement and need.
  • Preference is given to applicants whose application shows evidence of community-mindedness and active involvement in community work

To retain this scholarship:

  • You must maintain a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60 each semester.

How to apply

  • To apply, submit your application directly to Monash.
  • This scholarship cannot be deferred.

Every scholarship may have a different application process – or none at all. Read the application details carefully and submit your application by the deadline. For more details, visit our scholarships application page.

Apply direct to Monash