Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards

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Image: Kyly Mills and Lindsay Christian, Australian Indigenous Scholarship recipients

The Heart Foundation acknowledges that there are health inequalities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples and believe that self-determination in research is a way to potentially help address some of these inequalities.   This expression of interest is designed to help facilitate this.

Although parameters are set below, the award/s will be given out at the discretion of the peer review committee and flexibility of awards will be considered (depending on applicant situations).

This award will be opened up to both individual or groups to submit an expression of interest (EOI) for research funding.

 The requested expression of interest could be in several formats including but not limited to:

  • fellowships
  • scholarships
  • a project grant funding
  • funding for collaboration activities
  • a travel grant etc.

EOI’s will need to demonstrate how the requested funding will benefit both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and/or communities, as well as how it will benefit the development of knowledge for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cardiovascular health management.

This award will be peer reviewed by predominately Aboriginal and/or Torres Island peoples (preferably research experts).


  • funding requested is beneficial to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people/communities with preferably long and short-term benefits
  • applicants are involved in cardiovascular research or wanting to become involved in cardiovascular research
  • the award must be used in Australia

Duration (Approximate)

Up to 3 years for a fellowship

Up to 2 years for a scholarship

Up to 1 year for a grant

Up to 6 months for a travel grant


Total award value is $120,000 per annum for 3 years.

This value may be split across multiple awardees.

How to apply

Applications for this program have now closed

Successful applicants will be advised in August 2019

This program will reopen in 2020

More information

Contact the Research Team: 


Tel. (03) 9321 1581