Our future economists:
Scholarships for Indigenous students

Find solutions to the problems that matter

Economists care about principles of equality, dignity and respect. We find solutions for poorly designed programs, policies and issues of access.  By growing the number of Indigenous economists at UQ, research can be expanded, and solutions can be developed with communities by people who understand them.

Those who study economics go on to influence countless sectors including government, finance, health, natural resources, education and more. Their insights are never-ending and prove instrumental to solving global challenges. Yet, the lack of Indigenous perspective in economics is deeply problematic and a barrier we must overcome if we wish to create real and lasting change.

We are committed to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students embark on an economics undergraduate, postgraduate and/or PhD program to continue building opportunities for them to become leaders in their communities and broader society. It is only with these Indigenous voices and experiences that we can identify a clear path moving forward and contribute to national and global change.

Professor Daniel Zizzo, Head of School

Jackson Daylight


The field of economics is one that directly speaks to those who make decisions for the population.

If we can provide a voice strong enough to those who will listen, then we can be a voice for change.

Jackson Daylight, a Nughi man from Minjerribah
Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Economics


Professor Bronwyn Fredericks

At UQ, we pride ourselves on creating change and we hope these new scholarships will cultivate interest in a traditionally underrepresented field.

As one of the leading economics schools in the country, UQ has the opportunity to support the next generation of Indigenous economists, creating real change for Indigenous peoples, both locally and across the globe.

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks
Pro-Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Engagement

Each year, the School of Economics offers scholarships to our students. You can combine these with the UQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Scholarship to boost your income support.

Economics at any level

If you study any economics degree program at UQ, you could be eligible for the Schools of Business and Economics Indigenous Student Scholarship, awarding between $3000 - $6000 annually to new and/or continuing students.

Scholarship for any level of study 

Undergraduate tuition fee waiver

If you’re planning to commence an economics program at UQ, the School of Economics offers one new undergraduate student of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background a tuition fee waiver for the duration of their degree.

Undergraduate tuition fee waiver 


Postgraduate tuition fee waiver

If you commence an economics postgraduate program at UQ you can waive up to 100% of your tuition fee with UQ’s Economics Postgraduate Coursework Scholarship for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, awarded annually to an eligible new student.

Postgraduate coursework tuition fee waiver


Higher Degree by Research

If you're looking to complete your PhD at UQ, you could secure up to $14,000 annually with the Schools’ PhD Economics Top-Up scholarship for Indigenous students (and up to $50,000 annually when combined with the University’s base stipend Research Scholarship). Available to new and/or continuing students.

Higher Degree by Research Top-Up scholarship

Nicole CloutierA way to give back

Higher education is a way to give back to family and community. Educated mob means a mob that can make change in the current society structure.

Nicole Cloutier, proud Iningai, Gubbi Gubbi and Italian woman
Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Science

Why study economics at UQ?


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Dedicated support

Get tutoring, mentoring, social events, career opportunities, study spaces, accommodation help and more with the help of UQ's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

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Goorie Berrimpa Student Collective

Goorie Berrimpa is an inclusive student-led community who organise social, sporting and professional events for all Indigenous students at UQ.

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Dual programs

Double your skills and knowledge by combining economics with Commerce, Law, Engineering, Arts, Science and more.

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Flexible delivery

Online access so you can study your passion and give back to your family and community locally.

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Financial aid for every level

Each year, the School of Economics offers scholarships to our students. You can combine these with other UQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarships to boost your income support. These scholarships open and close throughout the year so be sure to check back regularly.