The criteria for the Roberta Sykes Scholarship reflect the strong community and activist roots of the foundation Roberta set up. While we are looking for outstanding Indigenous scholars who will be role models for Indigenous communities, the Roberta Sykes Scholarships calls for more. Our mission is to support scholars who will return from their overseas studies with a commitment to 'give back' to their community. We have no fixed ideas on how you should go about 'giving back', what courses are going to better advance the interested of Indigenous communities, or whether this is better done in public or private sector on your return. We are open to imaginative, novel and ambitious ideas. We have supported students to study in education, environmental, law, arts, history, health, architecture and scientific courses.
You will need to provide supporting evidence for your identification as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. You also will need to show us a material level of contribution to community to date. You may be proposing to use your overseas study to bolster the way you currently contribute, or you may be planning to strike out in new directions. Whichever is the case, what you have contributed to date will help us assess the strength and viability of your plans to contribute to community on your return.
When to apply
Applications for the Roberta Sykes Scholarships, Bursaries* and Fellowships are reviewed, and eligible candidates interviewed, at each board meeting of the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation.
The deadlines to submit applications in 2021 are as follows:
Applicants need to apply directly to the overseas academic institution first, and then to the Trust. Your application will only be reviewed by the Board if you are accepted into your chosen course; however you should submit your application to the Foundation while you await the outcome of your university application.