Ten years ago there had never been an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person studying full time at Oxford or Cambridge. Today, 49 Indigenous postgraduate scholars have been accepted to these two universities and so far, 37 out of 37 have graduated.
Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation Scholarships
The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation partners with Aurora to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to undertake postgraduate study abroad.
This support falls under two broad categories: Scholarships to study full time postgraduate programs at recognised overseas universities and Bursaries to study Short Executive Programs at leading overseas academic institutions.
To be a Roberta Sykes Scholar, one must reflect the strong community and activist roots of the foundation Roberta herself set up in the 1970s.
Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust
The Charlie Perkins Trust partners with Aurora to deliver the Charlie Perkins Scholarships for study at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.
The Scholarships were launched in 2009 in the memory of leader and activist Dr Charlie Perkins – the first Aboriginal person in Australia to graduate from university. In 2009, with the assistance of the University of Oxford, the Charlie Perkins Trust established the annual Charlie Perkins Scholarships to support two Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons to undertake postgraduate study at the University of Oxford from 2010. In 2011, with support from the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust, the Scholarships also became available for study at the University of Cambridge.
These postgraduate Scholarships are directed towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who have the potential to become leaders in their field of study and in their communities. The value of each Charlie Perkins Scholarship will vary, depending on the scholarship-holder’s course of study. It will cover for up to three years’ full university and college fees, travel costs and an annual stipend to cover living expenses.