Opportunities to connect Indigenous knowledge with future water management in Australia.

IWF Indigenous Honours Scholarship

The IWF Indigenous Honours Scholarship supports Indigenous students to pursue an Honours year focusing on water related research. The IWF recognises the value of water from environmental, cultural, emotional and economic perspectives. We also believe that lasting solutions to water related challenges require interdisciplinary action. For these reasons, we will consider applications from any field provided there is a clear connection to water. Through the scholarship, we hope to amplify Indigenous voices in water policy, planning, management and justice.

The Award includes a stipend of $10,000 plus additional benefits such as provision for field work travel and the ability to apply to a cultural consideration fund.

For more information, including the Conditions of Award, please visit the ANU Scholarships portal. 


Hmalan Hunter-Xenie, an ANU Honours graduate, together with her family: Marita Hunter, Anita Hunter, Hmalan Hunter-Xénié, Widro Xénié and Rosie Baird. Photo by ANU.

How to apply

To apply, visit the ANU Scholarships portal. 

Please note, to be eligible for the IWF Indigenous Honours Scholarship, you must already be enrolled in an Honours program at ANU.  Please refer to your chosen program for admission deadlines. 

The closing date for scholarship applications is 31 March each year. 


Students may nominate any water-related topic that they would like to pursue. 


Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian National University acknowledges, celebrates and pays our respects to the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people of the Canberra region and to all First Nations Australians on whose traditional lands we meet and work, and whose cultures are among the oldest continuing cultures in human history.