John Koowarta Scholarship – 2018 Applications Open

Applications for the 2018 John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship (Koowarta Scholarship) are now open.

The Koowarta Scholarship was established in 1994, with the aim of promoting the study and practice of the law by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and, commemorates John Koowarta as a member of the Winychanam community and a traditional owner of the Archer River region on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. John Koowarta is widely regarded as being at the forefront of Aboriginal land rights in Australia during the late 1970s and early 1980s. He is today revered as one of the most important figures in the progression of Native Title rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Koowarta Scholarship is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in an Australian tertiary institution undertaking an approved course of study provided that may lead to admission as a legal practitioner in any Australian jurisdiction.

If you are interested, please view the John Koowarta 2018 Application form and Eligibility Criteria which is also available online. Scholarships will be awarded on the recommendation of an Advisory Committee appointed by the Law Council of Australia. The successful applicants will receive a scholarship to the value of $5,500 for the 2018 academic year, or, on a pro-rata basis an offer for periods of part-time study.

If you wish to apply for the Koowarta Scholarship or would like to nominate someone to receive the Koowarta Scholarship, please send a completed application form by email to or alternatively by mail to the following address:

The Trustee
John Koowarta Reconciliation Law
Scholarship Trust
C/- Law Council of Australia
GPO Box 1989 Canberra ACT 2601

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