International Study Tour
About The Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour
Are you an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student or graduate interested in postgraduate study overseas? Why not consider applying for the Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour?
Applications for the 2016 Study Tour open 2 May 2016 and close on 14 June 2016.
The International Study Tour is jointly funded by the Australian Government Department of Education.
We are also grateful for the generous support provided by universities, foundations, organisations corporations and individuals that make this Study Tour possible.
In August 2015 Tamara Murdock, a descendant of the Noongar and Yindjibarndi peoples of WA was awarded the inaugural Murray Chapman Memorial Indigenous Land Management Scholarship. Tamara was also a recipient of a 2014 Charlie Perkins Scholarship after being a member of the Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour in 2013. In October, she will commence the second year of an MPhil in Geography and the Environment at Green Templeton College, Oxford.
“Being a part of the growing community of Indigenous scholars attending the Tour and graduating from overseas institutes is a fulfilling and inspiring journey. It allows Indigenous students from all corners of Australia to meet, form long lasting professional networks and friendships, and form a base of support for each other to strive to realise our full potential. While we could simply remain in Australia to study at our local university, the skills and training provided by these world leading institutes enable Indigenous scholars to return to Australia with a louder voice and the ability to enact truly beneficial changes for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians alike.”
Lindsay Christian, 2014 Study Tour participant
- Click here to read more about what previous participants say.
Sharon Davis Excerpt from Speech at the 2014 Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour Reception
Sharon Davis ( 2012 Aurora Scholar, 2013 Roberta Sykes Scholar) congratulated the 2014 Scholars and talked about the impact of her own experience on the 2012 Study Tour and the importance of building a community of support amongst Indigenous Scholars.
Excerpt from Leila Smith's speech at the 2014 Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour Reception
Leila Smith (2012 Aurora Scholar, 2013 Charlie Perkins Scholar) shared two personal stories that to her demonstrated the significance of the Study Tour in creating opportunities and a safe space for Indigenous Scholars, and offered her congratulations to the 2014 Scholars.