Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour, the story so far…

Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour, the story so far… 2013 International Study Tour participants - photo by Richelle Barker

Monday 26 May 2014

Making what seems impossible possible

The Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour began in 2011. 

Since then, 45 talented Indigenous students and graduates have visited leading overseas universities such as Oxford and Cambridge in the UK and Harvard, Stanford, Columbia and New York University in the US. Following the annual tour, 22 participants have applied for, and 20 have been accepted into, at least one of these leading overseas universities.

Over the last 3 years, 15 tour participants have been awarded scholarships through the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust or through the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation to support them in their studies overseas.

Considering applying for the next Study Tour?

Learn more about the impact of the Tour from Indigenous Scholars who have been on previous tours. Many scholars reflect on the way the Tour opened them up to a world of possibilities...

Read some of the reflections of the 2013 International study tour participants

Applications for the 2014 Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour are now open and will close 11 July 2014.

If you are contemplating postgraduate study overseas, the Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour provides an invaluable opportunity to travel with a group of like-minded students, visit universities and meet with academics, administrators and current postgraduate students in your area of interest at Cambridge and Oxford universities in the UK, and Columbia, Harvard, New York and Stanford universities in the US. The Tour is a great introduction to life as a postgraduate student at some of the world’s leading universities.

Selection criteria

  • Distinction averages or better in your university results
  • You must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • You demonstrate leadership qualities and the potential to make a contribution to the community

Interested in Applying?

To apply, complete the online application form available on the Aurora Project website.

For more Information on how to apply please contact: Tess Crellin, Indigenous Scholarships Coordinator, via email or phone (02) 9310 8421.


The Aurora Indigenous Scholars Study Tour is made possible by the generous support of the Australian Government, Australian universities and philanthropists. Click here for a full list of Tour supporters.