Roberta Sykes Fellowship
The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation provides partial funding for Indigenous postgraduate students to undertake research, at a leading overseas academic institution, as part of their Australian postgraduate study program. The period of study at the overseas institution can vary from a few months to a year.
The value of the Scholarship is up to AU$20,000, depending on the period of study.
To be eligible, applicants must:
· Be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, identify as Aboriginal or
Torres Strait Islander and be accepted as such by the community in which they
live or have lived
· Be currently enrolled in a postgraduate program at a recognised Australian academic
· Be accepted into a recognised overseas academic institution to carry out
postgraduate research as part of their postgraduate program in
· Be able to demonstrate that they have, or will have, sufficient funds to support
themselves during the course of their postgraduate degree (such as through
another scholarship, private sponsorship or personal funds)
· Be able to demonstrate that their studies will be of benefit to their community
upon their return to Australia.
When to apply:
Applications for the Roberta Sykes Fellowships are reviewed, and candidates interviewed, at each board meeting of the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation.
The deadlines to submit applications in 2020 are as follows:
- 13 January
- 16 March
- 18 May
- 17 August
- 9 November
Your Fellowship application will only be reviewed by the Board if you have been accepted in to a recognised overseas academic institution to carry out postgraduate research as part of your postgraduate program in Australia. You should submit your application to the Foundation while you await the outcome of your university application, or contact the Trust if you require further information.
To apply you will need to submit:
1. A completed application form
2. A personal statement outlining:
- Why you want to do the course
- How you identify with the Indigenous community in which you live or have lived
and past contributions you have made within the community
- Ways in which undertaking your chosen course will benefit the Indigenous
- Future contributions you plan to make to the Indigenous community (and wider
community) following completion of the course.
3. Your curriculum vitae
4. Academic transcript(s)
5. Four (4) written references, which highlight your capabilities, your past contribution to
the Indigenous community, and the perceived future benefit of doing your chosen
course. These should be:
- two academic;
- one from an Elder in your community, (which should highlight your connection to
- one personal.
6. Confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent through a signed statement (including common seal) from the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Heritage Association, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Corporation or Land Council of the country of your ancestors. If applicable, candidates are encouraged to provide a written statement from the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Heritage Association, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Corporation or Land Council of the community in which they live or have lived and/or are connected to.
7. A passport sized photo
8. A financial budget.
Selection of successful applicants will be based on academic merit, financial need, and the applicant’s past and future contributions to the Indigenous communities and to Australia
Please check your application thoroughly as any errors may delay the process. You can send your application to the International Scholarships Coordinator at Aurora.
The Foundation requests that recipients of the Roberta Sykes
· Provide regular email reports outlining their progress - these reports will be used in
our newsletters and on our website
· Notify the Trust of the dates and destination of any travel outside the country of
study during the term of the Scholarship
· Recognise that in the event that they withdraw from or are removed from their course,
the Fellowship may be rescinded by the Foundation, in full or in part, and they may
be liable to repay to the Foundation any amounts that were paid under the
· Agree that, on their return to Australia, they will provide reasonable assistance to
the Foundation in the fulfilment of its objectives, including attending fundraising events,
providing orientation advice to other Scholars funded by the Foundation and providing
annual written updates on their progress and their career for inclusion in newsletters
and on our website.
If you require further information or wish to discuss your application before submitting please contact us.