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Ngalaya bursaries and grants

Once-off payments for Indigenous law students and Ngalaya members in financial need

As a registered charity and the peak body for First Nations lawyers and law students in NSW/ACT, we are committed to supporting the next generation of First Nations law-makers.

Ngalaya has funds available to support Indigenous law students with once-off bursaries, or Ngalaya members with specific grants. Applications are always open, with priority given to individuals experiencing financial need.


Ngalaya bursaries

  • once-off $1,000 payment;

  • available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people currently studying a Bachelor of Laws, Juris Doctor, or PLT program in NSW or the ACT.

Ngalaya grants

  • once-off payment to a Ngalaya member towards the cost of specifics goods or services to support their education, professional development or advocacy;

  • e.g. conference attendance, professional training, purchasing equipment or resources;

  • applicants must be current Ngalaya members.

Application process

If you are interested in applying for a Ngalaya bursary or grant, write a 1-2 page cover letter which:

  1. Introduces yourself and your mob;

  2. If applying for a bursary:

    • explains your financial need, academic and social engagement, and your commitment to First Nations justice

  3. If applying for a grant:

    • confirms your Ngalaya membership,

    • provides details of the goods/activities you are seeking financial support for,

    • explains how the grant would support your education or advocacy,

    • explains your financial need, and

    • identifies how the grant might contribute to First Nations justice.


You may choose to include a copy of your CV and/or academic transcript to support your application. An academic transcript is mandatory for bursary applications.

Submit your application using the form below, or via email to

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