Roberta Sykes Bursary for Short Executive Courses

The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation provides partial funding for Indigenous Australians to undertake short, executive education courses at leading overseas academic institutions. 

Information on some of the programs available can be found in the Resources section. 

Scholarship details

Value: $20,000 approx. total

Duration: Duration of the program

Availability: 1 scholarship offered

Application dates

Open all year round

Options


This scholarship is for:

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants
Academic merit

Areas of study:

  • Any Area of Study

At Institution:

  • TAFE
  • Other

Study level:

  • Short executive courses

Study Load:

  • Full Time

Location:

  • Overseas

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, applicants must: 

  • be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and be accepted as such by the community in which they live or have lived;
  • provide 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; 
  • be accepted into an executive program at a recognised overseas academic institution; 
  • be able to demonstrate that their studies will be of benefit to their community upon their return to Australia.

How to Apply

To apply you will need to submit: 

  1. A personal statement outlining: 
    • why you want to do the course; 
    • background on your area of employment or business; 
    • where you are studying overseas, for how long and the focus of your study; 
    • the amount of funding you require; 
    • 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 community; 
    • future contributions you plan to make to the Indigenous community (and wider community) following completion of the course. 
  2. Your curriculum vitae; 
  3. Academic transcript/s if you completed your studies in the last 6 years; 
  4. A written statement confirming Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage. In addition, applicants are required to provide a signed statement in writing from the Aboriginal Heritage Association, Aboriginal Corporation or Land Council of the community in which they live or have lived, also confirming the above; 
  5. A high resolution passport sized photo; 
  6. A financial budget (see the template in Resources); 
  7. Three (3) 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: 
    • one academic/professional; 
    • one from an Elder in your community, (which should highlight your connection to the community); 
    • one personal.

Further Information

Applications for the Roberta Sykes Bursaries are reviewed, and candidates interviewed, at each board meeting of the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation. 

The deadlines to submit applications in 2021 are as follows: 

  • 1 February; 
  • 5 April; 
  • 14 June; 
  • 6 September; 
  • 8 November. 

Applicants need to apply directly to the overseas academic institution first, and then to the Trust for a Bursary. Your Bursary 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. You must ensure that you submit you Bursary application with substantial time for it to be reviewed (in line with the application dates above) and before the deadline dates for your course.