Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship Open for Applications
Tuesday 5 April 2016
The Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship recognised Indigenous commitment to achieving excellence and building strong and effective leadership qualities. It gives the successful applicant(s) 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.
The Fulbright Scholarship is open to Indigenous Australians at one of four different career stages (postgraduate, postdoctoral, professional and senior scholar) and includes living, travel and relocation allowances (dependent upon scholarship category). Students are supported by the Fulbright Commission through an intensive orientation program, introduced to the Australian Fulbright community, supported in the U.S. through the Institute of International Education or Council for International Exchange of Scholars and have access to a distinguished professional network throughout the world.
TAI is proud to introduce Dr Kathryn Gilbey, a proud Alyawarre woman, who has been awarded a 2016 Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship. Kathryn‘s work at the University of Southern Queensland and at the Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education has a focus on engagements with Aboriginal communities. Dr Gilbey will spend time with her host institutions the California State University - North Ridge and the University of California – Santa Cruz, where she will develop collaborations with Chicana women from California. The partnering of Dr Gilbey’s research into experiences of settler colonialism in Australia and the research of Chicana women in California will be the first of its kind.
Dr Gilbey said she hoped the scholarship and cultural exchange project would provide opportunities to strengthen educational practice and community based research collaborations.
“We want to build a bridge of communication that can be traversed into the future. It will be a foundation that is being laid for future generations.
The purpose will be to both share and learn from North American leading educational institutions that have undertaken a process of recognising more than one way of being and knowing in an educational space.
This knowledge will be brought back to Australia and delivered in the form of journal articles and forums. The largest outcome attached to the project is the compilation of an edited book modelled on This Bridge Called My Back. These will become case studies of ‘what is’ in America through which I will explore ‘what could be’ in Australia.”
For further information on all the Fulbright Scholarships please go to the website: http://www.fulbright.com.au/index.php/australian-applicant
Applications for 2017 Fulbright Scholarships (Australian applicants) will open on 1 May 2016