Indigenous Scholarship Program 2020

Applications for the 2020 Indigenous Scholarship have now closed.

Stay tuned for more details and more opportunities in 2021...

Presented by the FMA and UNE Partnerships, the Indigenous Scholarship is open to FMA members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage who work in the facilities management industry. If you meet this criteria, we strongly encourage you to apply! 

The scholarship covers the full course fees for the Diploma of Facilities Management ($5,164). The Application Process involves three parts:

  1. Application Form (including CV and two referees) – to be completed by the applicant
  2. Employer Nomination Form – to be completed by the manager
  3. Zoom interview – to be completed by short-listed applicants

We’ve created a Frequently Asked Questions page to help you understand more about the Diploma, the Scholarship and the Application Process.

Submit your Application Form

Submit an Employer 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 Facilities 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 Diploma of Facilities Management.
  • Full member of the FMA (individual or corporate level 2–4). Non-members must sign up for membership prior to applying for a scholarship.
  • Have a minimum of three years’ experience working in the industry.
  • The applicant’s employer must allow the applicant, if they are successful, to dedicate some of their work hours towards study. Three to four hours per week is recommended.
  • Meet the UNE Partnerships' terms and conditions for award of the Scholarship, as set out below. 

Successful recipients will undertake to:

  1. Enrol within 2 months of announcement of the scholarship, and progress and complete the Diploma within two years of enrolment.
  2. Work alongside an FMA representative to promote the role of Facilities Manager within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
  3. Maintain a role as Facilities 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. Contribute 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 7 September 2020 and close on 23 October 2020. 
  • Business owners and supervisors are also invited to nominate their Facilities Managers for a scholarship.
  • An Application Form and an Employer 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 support the applicant during their study, including nominating the number of hours of dedicated study time
    • provide the name and contact details of the nominate mentor
    • 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.'
  • Applicants who are shortlisted will be required to complete a short interview via Zoom (approximately 30 minutes) with someone from the Diversity Portfolio Group and FMA.
  • The Scholarship will be awarded to the best application at the discretion of the judging panel.
  • The Scholarship will be awarded at the 2020 FM Industry Awards.