Aurora Indigenous Scholars Study Tour Symposium

In light of the current restrictions in NSW due to COVID-19, the 2021 Study Tour Symposium has been postponed to late March 2022.
The Study Tour is open for a second round now, and we encourage any Indigenous student or professional thinking about postgraduate pathways whether overseas or domestically, to apply.
The Symposium will cover meetings with universities we normally visit on the Study Tour (Berkeley, Colombia and Stanford in the US and Cambridge, London School of Economics, University of London and Oxford in the UK), including the opportunity to arrange academic meetings at these institutions in your specific area of study. Participating in Sydney will grow your network by introducing you to amazing Charlie Perkins and Roberta Sykes alumni and introduce you to the current cohort of Indigenous scholars in the US and UK who will share their study experiences and pathways. We will cover scholarship opportunities available in Australia to study overseas and host panels to discuss cultural safety, self- determination and systemic change. Ultimately, with our Indigenous mentors on hand every step of the way, the Symposium will help you make better informed decision on pathways for postgraduate opportunities overseas.

Ten years on, the Aurora Study Tour has: 

  • provided opportunities for over 150 talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to gain insights into the experience of undertaking postgraduate study at premier overseas institutions;
  • seen 62 participants go on to apply to study at the universities visited, with 94% being accepted.

Dates for the Study Tour Symposium are yet to be confirmed, but will most likely be in the last 2 weeks of March 2022, in person, in Sydney. Successful applicants will have their travel, accommodation and meals covered to participate at the Symposium. When the Study Tour is able to next visit the UK and US, successful applicants for the 2021 Study Tour Symposium will be invited to participate.

Scholarship details

Value: Value may vary

Duration: Duration of the program

Application dates


Open: 27/09/2021
Close: 28/11/2021


This scholarship is for:

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants
Academic merit

Areas of study:

  • Any Area of Study

At Institution:

  • Other

Study level:

  • Postgraduate coursework
  • Postdoctoral
  • Postgraduate research

Study Load:

  • Full Time


  • Overseas

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander;
  • Have graduated from your first degree, or have completed at least two years of your undergraduate degree;
  • Have a distinction average or on a pathway to an Honours degree;
  • Have a strong interest in postgraduate study overseas; 
  • Be willing to act as an ambassador of the program while overseas.

How to Apply

Apply online here. 

You will need to attach the following documents to your application: 

  1. Personal Statement/Cover letter, explaining your background, career aspirations and reasons for wanting to go on the Study Tour; 
  2. A Curriculum Vitae; 
  3. An official Academic Transcript of all university results (including mid-year results, if available); 
  4. Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent through a signed statement (including common seal) from a Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Heritage Association, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Corporation or Land Council; 
  5. A high-resolution headshot;  
  6. Copy of your passport bio-data page; 
  7. Three written references (two of which should be academic references).

Further Information

For more information about References please refer to the Reference Criteria document in the Resource tab.  
Important Dates:
  • Applications close 26 November 2021 (extended to close Sunday 28 November)
  • The interviews for this round will take place on the week of 7 December 2021.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by end of December 2021.
For more information about this opportunity please email Sharon Kumar or Tyrrel Freeman-Mafi on