Columbia University Summer Program on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Policy

The Aurora Education Foundation is pleased to be able to offer one full scholarship for an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student or graduate to participate in the (online) 2021 International Summer Program on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Policy (“the Program”) which will be run by Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.  The Program is scheduled to run from 17 May to 5 June 2021. Should you wish to apply to this program, please refer to the further information section below (applications close 31 October 2020).

Area: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights/Human Rights Indigenous Peoples’ Rights/Human Rights

Institution: Columbia University Columbia University

Level of study: Short executive course (3 weeks)

Study Mode: Online

Study Load: 24 Lectures and workshops

 An Aurora alumni who attended the Program in 2017 commented:

 “The Program really exceeded my expectations!  The diversity of the participants and speakers meant that we were provided with an invaluable opportunity to learn about a very diverse range of issues facing Indigenous people globally, and we heard about innovative work being done in Indigenous communities around the world.  In particular, I enjoyed hearing from the Sámi people about the ways in which they are working through issues relating to protection of intellectual property, being able to continue traditional methods of reindeer herding, and access to Indigenous language classes for their children.  And we heard from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, who sadly said that she was very disappointed in Australia’s treatment of Indigenous people.  Whilst many participants outlined the painful battles, both past and present, that the Indigenous peoples of their countries have endured and continue to endure, one thing was clear – the resilience of Indigenous peoples globally, and I think that that left us all feeling inspired and determined to continue to work to effect positive change.  And I think that having the network of new friends made through this Program means that we can continue to learn from each other long into the future.”

Scholarship details

Value: $2,000 approx. total

Duration: Duration of the program

Availability: 1 scholarship offered

Application dates


Open: 05/11/2020
Close: 09/11/2020


This scholarship is for:

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants

Areas of study:

  • Humanities, culture and social sciences

At Institution:

  • Other

Study level:

  • Short executive courses

Study Load:

  • Full Time


  • Overseas

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:
Be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and be accepted as such by the community in which they live or have lived;
Be accepted into the Columbia University Summer Program on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Policy.

How to Apply

To apply for this scholarship to attend the program, worth US$1,500.00, please send the following information to
A current CV;
Confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent through a signed statement (including common seal if available) from the Aboriginal Heritage Association, Aboriginal Corporation or Land Council of the country of your ancestors;
Documentation from Columbia University showing you have applied to this program or been accepted.

You will be notified by email if you are successful in your scholarship application within a month of 31 October 2020.