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Poche Centre for Indigenous Health Research Top-Up Scholarships

Enrolment status
Future UQ student, Current UQ student
Student type
Study level
Postgraduate research (HDR)
Study area
Health and medicine
Scholarship focus
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, Academic excellence
Funding type
Scholarship value
$7,500 per annum living allowance plus $1,500 per annum in research support
Scholarship duration
3.5 years with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy
Number awarded
May vary

About this scholarship

The UQ Poche Centre brings together Indigenous and health expertise across the University, and works collaboratively with Indigenous community organisations and health providers, on improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Centre has two key areas of focus:

  • developing a skilled and available workforce in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health; and
  • improving urban Indigenous health outcomes across the life course.

Study for the scholarship must be targeted at improving health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in an urban setting.

Applicants are expected to:

  • Undertake research that responds to needs identified by Indigenous communities and aims to improve urban Indigenous health outcomes across the life course, from maternal and child health, through adolescence to the challenges of chronic disease and ageing, with a major focus on prevention and education.
  • Produce research, in collaboration with primary health care providers, which translates to immediate outcomes for Indigenous communities.

This scholarship is awarded via a competitive scholarship process, but applicants can apply at any time. The scholarship will remain open until all scholarships are filled.


 You’re eligible if you’re:

  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • assessed by the Graduate School as meeting all conditions for admission to the higher degree by research program.
  • the recipient of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Scholarship
  • studying full-time onshore in Australia
  • your research aligns with the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health research agenda
  • one of your supervisors is an academic from the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

You’re required to provide compelling evidence of your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status. This would usually take the form of confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status under the common seal of a community organisation. Where exceptional circumstances apply, statutory declarations and other forms of documentation may be considered. Original or certified copies of supporting documentation must be provided.

How to apply

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply

For new students

Ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section in the UQ online application form that you:

  1. Select ‘Medicine’ as the enrolling unit
  2. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’.
  3. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  4. Select the appropriate scholarship type, or select ‘other’ and type in 'POCHE' in the 'Name of scholarship' field.

You will also need to include a confirmation of your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Status.

For help with the online application process, contact a Higher Degree by Research Liaison Officer (HLO) in your proposed school or institute.

Available Projects

There are a number of projects available at Poche Centre, including qualitative and quantitative studies in a range of areas including Communicable Disease, Maternal and Child Health, Child and Adolescent Health, and Chronic Disease.

For further details on available projects, browse current opportunities or reach out to the Poche Centre via to discuss.

Selection criteria

Students will be selected based on:

  • academic merit
  • strategic alignment of their project with the Poche Centre objectives of improving health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

This will be determined through an interview with the prospective supervisor as part of the application process.


A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full-time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case-by-case basis.

If you are awarded a scholarship after commencement there will be no retrospective payments of this scholarship.

Scholarship recipients are expected to engage with, and regularly participate in, research activities (e.g. attendance at a range of events throughout candidature and as an alumnus, attendance and participation in local research seminars) at the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.


Poche Centre for Indigenous Health