Postgraduate study of your choice in the US – are you the next Fulbright Scholar?
Monday 29 June 2015
The Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship offers the opportunity to study and research in any academic discipline at an academic institution in the United States. The Scholarship is open to an Indigenous Australian at one of four different career stages: Postgraduate, Postdoctoral, Professional and Senior Scholar, and includes living, travel and establishment allowances (dependent upon scholarship category).
- Applications for the 2016 Fulbright Scholarships are now open and close 1 August 2015.
Some past and present recipients of the Scholarship describe their experiences:
Dr Michelle Evans – Research Fellow at the Melbourne Business School and 2013 Fulbright Indigenous Scholar
“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to learn, listen and dialogue with great artists, practitioners, scholars and community people and to see Alaska, California, New York and Hawaii.”
2013 recipient Dr Michelle Evans undertook her Fulbright program of research through three different educational institutions over a six- month period: the Universities of Alaska, California and Hawaii. Her research focused on the phenomenon of Indigenous leadership in the arts, and whether the practices and experiences of First Alaskans, Native American and Native Hawaiian artists and arts managers overlap with the ‘territories of Indigenous arts leadership’ identified in her Australian based research.
“The benefits from undertaking this Fulbright journey have been numerous "
“For my research career I have been able to present to some really diverse audiences and hone my presentation skills as well as get my research out there for people to listen to and interact with;
“For future research projects I have developed my thinking in collaboration with great scholars and practitioners and I think these emerging research projects will be impactful over time and over our careers.”
Michelle Deshong – PhD candidate at James Cook University and 2015 Fulbright Indigenous Professional Scholarship recipient
Michelle grew up in Townsville, North Queensland and is a mother of 3. She is passionate about working with Indigenous women and runs a range of Indigenous women’s leadership programs across the country to empower and engage women in capacity building.
Michelle will be working with the Udall Centre and Native Nations Institute in Arizona to undertake a comparative analysis on First Nations women in governance roles. She will be investigating best practice and key principles that contribute to effective nation-building and link to areas of self-determination and decision making as determined by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
“For me the Fulbright has been something I’ve wanted to do for a little while… I’m essentially going to finish my PhD this year, so this Fulbright gives me the opportunity to do some further research in the field with a comparative analysis between First Nations women and Australia.”
Dean Jarrett –PhD candidate at the University of Technology, Sydney and 2015 Fulbright Indigenous Postgraduate Scholarship recipient
While for many years Dean has been a resident of Redfern in Sydney, he grew up between his father’s homelands, the Nambucca Valley (Gumbaynggirr country), and his mother’s in the Central Queensland area of Woorabinda (she is a Gurreng-Gurreng/Boonthamurra woman).
Dean’s research focuses on Aboriginal social enterprise, entrepreneurship, supply diversity and the impacts this has on Aboriginal communities. He will explore the economic contributions of Aboriginal businesses and how that contributes to the local economy:
“I’m interested in the link between business and those broader socio-cultural impacts – the success not just of the business but of the community.”
“In the US, I’ll be looking mainly at Native American communities and any similarities or differences with Indigenous enterprise here – whether we can learn from what Native Americans have done in their communities.”
The Indigenous Scholarship offers:
- study and research in any academic discipline at an institution in the United States at one of four different career stages: Postgraduate, Postdoctoral, Professional and Senior Scholar
- living, travel and establishment allowances (dependent upon scholarship category)
- support by the Fulbright Commission through an intensive orientation program
- introductions to the Australian Fulbright community
- support in the U.S. through the Institute of International Education or Council for International Exchange of Scholars
- access to a distinguished professional network throughout the world.
How to Apply
For more Information contact Australian - American Fulbright Comission:
The Fulbright Commission and the Indigenous Scholarship
The Australian-American Fulbright Commission has a rich history and legacy in the support of educational excellence. It is sponsored by the U.S. and Australian governments as well as other partners.
The Indigenous Scholarship was established in cooperation with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) in 1993. The Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship recognises Indigenous commitment to achieving excellence and building strong and effective leadership qualities. It gives the successful applicant the ability to work with some of the most brilliant minds, while gaining an international perspective and ongoing collaborations and partnerships through research and study. Since its inception this Scholarship has supported study and research in areas as diverse as Indigenous: health, economic development, law, the Arts, languages, leadership and issues around colonisation and the maintenance of local traditions, cultures and communities.