William Cooper Indigenous Scholarship

William Cooper Indigenous Scholarship

Monash Leaders Scholarship

The William Cooper Indigenous Scholarships support high-achieving Indigenous Australian students with leadership potential to engage with their community and support other Indigenous students to access higher education.

This scholarship is generously funded by Gandel Philanthropy. The Gandel family have a close connection with Monash University – three generations have studied here.


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Total scholarship value

Up to $62,500

Number offered


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:

  • An Indigenous Australian (with preference given to students who provide a Confirmation of Aboriginality form)
  • A commencing student with an ATAR of 80+, or continuing student with a Weighted Average Mark of 65+
  • Enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree at a Monash Campus in Australia
  • Be selected to be a Monash Indigenous Student Leader
  • 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 wci-study@monash.edu. If you have any queries please contact the William Cooper Institute on 9902 4972.


Two scholarships are available each year, with each scholarship valued at up to $54,500:

  • $6000 per year for the duration of the degree up to a maximum of four years
  • Annual accommodation costs up to a value of $14,000 per annum for two years only. You must apply directly to Monash Residential Services (MRS) for on-campus accommodation.
  • $2500 one off Monash Global Grant used from the second year of the degree (funded by Monash)
  • An invitation to apply for a place in Monash Minds, a leadership program for first year students

Number offered

Two scholarships available per year

Selection criteria

  • Based on academic achievement, educational disadvantage and leadership potential as demonstrated in the interview.
  • Where possible, the panel will aim to award one scholarship to a male and one to a female applicant.

To retain this scholarship:

Recipients must maintain a full-time enrolment and must participate in the Indigenous Student Leaders Program.

How to apply

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.