Financial Assistance, Scholarships and Bursaries


Each year there are a limited number of NIDA student bursaries to assist with living costs. These are allocated to students on the basis of financial need. The bursaries are made available through the generosity of donors to NIDA and from bequests.

Bursaries are paid on a fortnightly basis during the NIDA year, with the value of individual bursaries in 2019 ranging from $1500 annually to $4000 annually, depending on need and the year and course of study.

Details of the application process for bursaries are provided to students at the start of the NIDA year.


NIDA does not offer scholarships for tuition fees. Eligible NIDA students are able to access FEE-HELP for assistance with tuition fees.

Financial Assistance to students through Centrelink.

The Master of Fine Arts courses are not approved courses for students to receive Austudy, Youth Allowance (student) and Pensioner Education Supplement through Centrelink.

Master of Fine Arts students are eligible to apply for a NIDA bursary.

Luminis Foundation Indigenous Fellowship for Cultural Leadership

NIDA is pleased, through the generosity of the Luminis Foundation, to be able to offer an Indigenous Fellowship for the 2018 intake. The Luminis Foundation Indigenous Fellowship will support the successful applicant by funding 50% of the MFA (Cultural Leadership) course fee.

All short-listed applicants who identify as Indigenous will be considered for the Fellowship – applicants are ranked according to the interview criteria. A further interview is conducted for short-listed applicants.  The highest ranked Indigenous applicants are considered and selected by a panel following the second interview.

Help us support the best of the best to study at NIDA.

Help us increase the number of NIDA student bursaries currently on offer to assist those students who need help with their living costs. Allocated to students on the basis of financial need, we are only able to support our many needy students through the generosity of donors and bequests to NIDA.

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