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:
When to apply:
Applications for the Roberta Sykes Scholarships 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:
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:
4. Academic transcript(s)
5. Four (4) written references, which highlight you 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 and Elder in your community (which should highlight your connection to the community);
- 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 more generally.
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 Fellowship:
If you require further information or wish to discuss your application before submitting please contact us.