Aboriginal people need to believe that anything is possible. Ten years ago, there had never been an Indigenous person studying for a full-time degree at Oxford or Cambridge. Now, there are over 40 of us, and we have the trailblazers who came before us to thank. Our mob are doing great things in mathematics, in medicine, in the arts, and in the sciences. We are setting a path for the next generation of young Australians to follow.
Dr Jessica Buck
2012 Study Tour participant and 2014 Charlie Perkins Scholar to Oxford

Study Tour

The Study Tour is a 5-week academic visit to some of the world’s best universities including UC Berkeley, Columbia, Harvard, New York University and Stanford in the US, and Cambridge, London School of Economics and Oxford in the UK. The aim of the Study Tour is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to build networks of support and gain an understanding of their options and pathways for success at leading overseas universities.

The Scholarship Program

We remove financial obstacles to overseas and domestic study by connecting students with scholarships, including the Charlie Perkins Scholarship, Roberta Sykes Scholarship and the Lorna Earl and William Woodberry (LEWW) Scholarship, each of which Aurora administers.

Executive Bursaries

We support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander managers, entrepreneurs and leaders to attend executive education programs at some of the world’s best institutions, including Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School and INSEAD.

Who is it for?

International

Aurora Study Tour, Charlie Perkins Scholarship and Roberta Sykes Scholarship

The Study Tour, Charlie Perkins Scholarship and the Roberta Sykes Scholarship are aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars who are interested in postgraduate study overseas.

Domestic

Lorna Earl and William Woodberry (LEWW) Scholarship

The LEWW Scholarship is aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergraduate students entering their second year of study at a NSW university.

Our stories

Read more about Prof. Tom Calma

Prof. Tom Calma

Co-Chair on the Senior Advisory Group of the 'Indigenous Voice to Government' and Trustee of the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust

Prof. Tom Calma is the Co-Chair on the Senior Advisory Group of the ‘Indigenous Voice to Government’ and a Trustee of the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust.