The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation partners with the Aurora Education Foundation to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to undertake postgraduate study abroad.
This support falls under two broad categories: Scholarships to study full time postgraduate programs at recognised overseas universities and Bursaries to study Short Executive Programs at leading overseas academic institutions.
To be a Roberta Sykes Scholar, one must reflect the strong community and activist roots of the foundation Roberta herself set up in the 1970s. We are not just looking for outstanding Indigenous scholars who will be role models for Indigenous communities. Our Scholars will have a mission to return to Australia from their overseas studies with a commitment to 'give back' to their community. We have no fixed ideas on what 'giving back' looks like, what courses are going to better advance the interests of Indigenous communities, or whether this is better done in the public or private sector on return. We are open to imaginative, novel and ambitious ideas. We have support students to study in education, environmental, law, arts, history, health, architecture and scientific courses.
Since the first Roberta Sykes Scholarship was awarded in 2011, 37 Scholars have been accepted into full-time studies at prestigious universities across the world. To date, 29 have graduated.
2021 Chief Executive Women & Roberta Sykes Scholarships to Harvard Kennedy School announced
The Roberta Sykes Foundation in partnership with Chief Executive Women is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2021 CEW & Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation Scholarships - Deanella Mack, Indigenous Cultural Capability Leader, EY Australia and Katrina Johnson, Managing Director, Cartymara Consulting.
During NAIDOC Week 2021 as we come together to celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.
Deanella and Katrina will attend Harvard Kennedy School’s ‘Public Narrative: Leadership, Storytelling and Action’. Deanella, said the course will allow her to “impact the Indigenous space where we can bring our cultures together”. Katrina, hopes the course will “build my capability within the academic space and business sector to spark action through a powerful narrative”.
2020 Roberta Sykes Scholars announced
Jordan Cory (left) and Gemma Tierney (right).
The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Roberta Sykes Scholarships, a scheme assisting Indigenous Australians to pursue postgraduate study at leading overseas universities.
This year's scholars are Jordan Cory and Gemma Tierney.