Danny and Kathleen Gilbert Indigenous Scholarship in Law


$10,000 per year for duration of the degree


New or continuing students


Undergraduate law degree


Applicants must:

  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia
  • be currently enrolled or commencing full-time study in any year of the Bachelor of Laws at Western Sydney University
  • identify as Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

Danny Gilbert AM

Danny Gilbert AM is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Gilbert + Tobin, one of Australia's most successful corporate law firms. Gilbert + Tobin provide innovative, relevant and commercial legal solutions to major corporate and Government clients across Australia and internationally, including the Asia-Pacific region. Danny's skills and experience includes over 30 years in commercial law, specialising in technology and corporate law. Since the mid-1970's he has had extensive involvement with social justice issues through work with community legal centres, public organisations and the arts. in 1992 he established Gilbert + Tobin Pro Bono practice, which has strong emphasis on indigenous issues.

Danny is committed to making a difference in the community, bringing his expertise to a number of director roles, including roles at the National Australia Bank and Chair of the National Museum of Australia. He is the Chair of the University's Foundation Council.

In 2005, Danny was honoured with the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to the law and the community, particularly Australia's indigenous people.

Application and Selection Process

Applicants must provide a statement in support of their application indicating how they believe the receipt of the scholarship will assist them with their studies and in their future career. This statement should give a sufficient explanation of the applicant's background and current circumstances to enable the University to judge their eligibility, need and merit.

Successful applicants will be selected based on their written application, academic potential, their ability to meet the criteria and, where appropriate, performance in an interview before a selection panel.