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Applications for the 2023 John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship (Koowarta Scholarship) are now open.

The Koowarta Scholarship is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in an approved course of study provided by an Australian tertiary institute (i.e. university), which is a prerequisite to admission as a legal practitioner in any Australian jurisdiction. 

The Eligibility Criteria and Application Form for the Scholarship is available here.


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 up to $5,500 for the 2023 academic year, or, on

a pro-rata basis an offer for periods of part-time study.

Applications for the 2023 scholarship round is closing on 30 September 2022


If you have any queries about the scholarship, please send an email to

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 Island peoples.