Dodson Indigenous Juris Doctor Scholarship

Dodson Indigenous Juris Doctor Scholarship

Sir John Monash Fee Scholarship

This scholarship is made available to Indigenous students who are studying the Juris Doctor in recognition of their high achievement.

The scholarship was named after distinguished Monash Alumnus Professor Michael Dodson AM and his daughter Inala (Dodson) Cooper, as the first Aboriginal parent and child to graduate from the Monash Law School, and in recognition of their contribution to the Indigenous community and to Indigenous affairs over many years.

Total scholarship value

Up to $162,000

Number offered

Variable depending on funding

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)


I relocated to Melbourne for university and needed to support myself. With this scholarship, I was able to take up a research internship instead of having to work all summer.

As an Indigenous student, the William Cooper Institute has made an incredible impact on my student experience. I had help applying for scholarships and opportunities, received academic assistance with my studies, and attended social events to meet other Indigenous students.

Am I eligible?

You must be one of the following:

  • An Australian citizen

You must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold or about to complete an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification recognised for admission to the Monash Juris Doctor Program.
  • Intend to enrol, or currently enrolled, as a Monash Juris Doctor student, attending the Monash University Law Chambers.
  • 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.


  • Tuition fees paid for the Monash Juris Doctor program.
  • Access to a personal academic mentor.
  • A travel grant of $2500 to attend the Monash Law Prato program, Monash Law Malaysia program or another suitable internship program, mutually agreed upon with the Faculty of Law.

Number offered

  • Variable depending on funding.

Selection criteria

  • Based on academic achievement
  • The selection panel will give preference to your application if it shows evidence of community-mindedness and active involvement in community work (short-listed students will be contacted regarding this)

To retain this scholarship:

  • You must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress as determined by the Faculty of Law

How to apply

  • This scholarship cannot be deferred
  • Applications are open.
  • Scholarship application close dates:

    Trimester 1 2023: 14 November 2022
    Trimester 2 2023: 27 March 2023
    Trimester 3 2023: 24 July 2023

    Course application: At the same time as you apply for this scholarship, you should also apply for admission to the Juris Doctor course

Every scholarship may have a different application process – or none at all. Read the application details carefully and submit your application by the deadline.