Indigenous Scholarship Program


Applications have now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application! The winner will be announced at Ideaction.2019.

UNE Partnerships is proud to partner with the Facility Management Association (FMA) to provide an annual Indigenous Scholarship for the Diploma of Facilities Management. The purpose of the scholarship program is to foster and promote continuing training and professional development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander FMA members. Each scholarship will cover the full course fees for the Diploma of Facilities Management (a total of $5,000).

Developed in conjunction with industry, the Diploma of Facilities Management is undertaken via distance education only, and should be completed within two years of the scholarship grant. For an overview of the course, including skill outcomes, please click here. To view the subject outlines, click here

Click here to submit an Application Form

Click here to submit a Nomination Form

For details on the Criteria, Terms & Conditions and Application process, please see below.


In order to be considered as a candidate for the Scholarship, applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage 
  • Employed as a Facility Manager, or currently working towards this role.
  • A suitable level of workplace responsibility, allowing sufficient opportunity to demonstrate competency through completion of tasks related to their job role. Please refer to the subject outlines in the link above.
  • Full Member of the FMA (individual or corporate level 2–4). Non-members must sign up for membership prior to applying for a scholarship.
  • Completed a minimum of Year 12 or have a minimum of three years’ experience working in the industry.
  • The applicant’s employer must provide a mentor for the duration of the Diploma.
  • Meet the UNE Partnerships' terms and conditions for award of the Scholarship, as set out below. 

Successful recipients will undertake to:

  1. Enrol, progress and complete the Diploma within two years of announcement of the scholarship.
  2. Work alongside an FMA mentor to promote the role of Facility Manager within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sector.
  3. Maintain a role as Facility Manager or similar for the duration of the scholarship period, or scholarship holders will forfeit the benefits of the scholarship. (NB: circumstances such as redundancy or illness will be considered for an extension of the timeframe.)
  4. Any recipient who fails to complete the Diploma during the allocated timeframe, without an approved application for extension, will forfeit the Scholarship.
  5. Provide an article for publication on the FMA website on a core principle topic.
  6. Provide an article for publication in the UNE Partnerships newsletter and social media.
  7. Promote the Indigenous Scholarship program to a state or national event during the two-year period.
  8. Maintain their FMA membership for the duration of the scholarship period, or scholarship holders will forfeit the benefits of the scholarship. Any recipient who does not maintain their FMA membership will be required to pay back, in full, all monies paid on their behalf.
  9. Consent to provide ongoing information for publication on the UNE Partnerships and FMA webpages and other publications as appropriate.
  • Applications will open on 10 April 2019 and close on 3 May 2019. 
  • Business owners and supervisors are also invited to nominate their Facility Managers for a scholarship.
  • An Application Form and an Employer’s Nomination Form will appear on this page between the above dates.
  • Applicants should submit their completed Application Form including:
    • attachment of their CV 
    • details of 2 referees 
    • their most meaningful professional achievements and how they relate to Facilities Management and future goals
    • how they would benefit from the Scholarship to complete the Diploma of Facilities Management
    • their role and responsibilities.
  • Employers should submit the Employer Nomination Form outlining: 
    • the applicant’s personal qualities and why they are worthy of the Scholarship
    • how they will mentor and support the applicant during their study
    • the career pathway that is open to the applicant in the employer’s organisation. 
  • Nominated applicants will be contacted to confirm acceptance of the nomination before their application is assessed.
  • The Scholarship will be awarded to the best application at the discretion of the judging panel.
  • The Scholarship will be awarded at the FMA Ideaction Conference in Sydney on 24 June 2019.