First Nations Law Scholarship

First Nations Law Scholarship

The Ngalaya First Nations Law Scholarship is an annual scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students in NSW and the ACT.

The scholarship was established in 2021 by Ngalaya Indigenous Corporation. Ngalaya (nar-lee-ah) is the peak body for First Nations lawyers and law students in NSW/ACT. Ngalaya is committed to First Nations justice, and growing the next generation of First Nations law-makers.

The First Nations Law Scholarship is a once-off scholarship awarded to a passionate and committed Indigenous law student.

Scholarship benefits

The successful scholarship recipient will receive:

  • A $5,000 scholarship payment;
  • A one-on-one mentoring session with Ngalaya to discuss their personal career and education goals; and
  • Any other support and advice that Ngalaya can offer to support the recipient in their goals.


Applicants for the Ngalaya First Nations Law Scholarship must be:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; and 
  • enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws, Diploma of Law, Juris Doctor, or Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at a tertiary institution in NSW or the AC.

    Assessment criteria

    Applicants for the First Nations Law Scholarship will be assessed based on their:

    • Demonstrated commitment to First Nations justice;
    • Demonstrated involvement in community-focused work;
    • Potential to advance First Nations’ interests throughout their legal career; and
    • Financial need.

        Application process

        To apply for the First Nations Law Scholarship, send an email including your:
        • Current academic transcript or other proof of enrolment,
        • Curriculum vitae/resume,
        • Cover letter (3 page maximum) addressing the selection criteria, and
        • Any other supporting evidence

        to the Ngalaya Board of Directors at:


        Applications close at 11:59pm on September 26 2021.

        Supported by

          Ngalaya is able to provide the First Nations Law Scholarship thanks to the generous support of:

          Other scholarships for First Nations law students

          Ngalaya offers once-off bursaries and grants to First Nations law students and Ngalaya members. Applications are always open.

          There are many other scholarships available to support First Nations law students during their studies. To learn more, visit the Ngalaya scholarship page, and the Aurora Education Foundation’s Indigenous Pathways portal.


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