Applications for the 2016 Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour are now open!
Thursday 5 May 2016
If you are a university student or graduate of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, with strong academic results in an undergraduate, Honours or Masters degree and would like to pursue postgraduate study or a postdoc at one of the world’s leading universities, we would love to hear from you!
Those selected to participate in the 2016 Study Tour will leave Australia in the last week of October and spend 3 weeks in the US visiting Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, Columbia and NYU, and 2 weeks in the UK at Cambridge and Oxford.
To apply for the Study Tour you need:
- to have graduated from your first degree, or have completed at least two years of your undergraduate degree
- a strong academic record - you should have maintained a Distinction average or equivalent throughout your studies
- a strong interest in postgraduate study overseas
- willingness to act as an ambassador of the program while overseas
- to be prepared for an intensive five-week period of travel, meetings and events.
Study Tour provides an invaluable opportunity to travel with a group of like-minded students and graduates, visit universities and meet with academics, administrators and current postgraduate students in your area of interest. The Study Tour provides opportunities for participants to gain insights into the experience of undertaking postgraduate study at these premier institutions, and to build the networks and knowledge to make it a reality.
“I had not entertained any notion of applying for Cambridge but stumbled upon some fantastic faculty who were open and willing to have a conversation and go even further by connecting me with students. I’m writing my application for the MPhil in Social Anthropology at the moment, with the support of Trudi [the Aurora Fellow and lecturer at Cambridge] and others. I want to do good work back home and this is one way I can accomplish that.”
- Olivia Slater, Victoria University
“My experience visiting Harvard challenged my expectations. It was a school that was rather warm and inviting. It allowed me to participate within it and for me personally, showed me that I am capable of attending this institution if I wanted to. I had an amazing time staying there exploring both the campus and Cambridge town. I see myself coming here, and I am excited by that opportunity. My meetings with academic staff were as equally amazing.”
- Todd Fernando, University of Sydney
“My visit to Berkeley changed my perception of the university. I was inspired by the way I “fit” within the system, and the flexibility around my area of interest and the efforts and kindness of the academics towards having me visit. The most inspirational moment for me was my meeting with Professor Adrian Freed. It was so inspiring to meet someone who is almost exactly aligned to my area of interest and understood exactly where I want to go.”
- Rachael Mackay, University of Western Sydney
“The Creative Writing program at Columbia is considered one of the best in the world, and given its New York location, there are also many opportunities to develop a network of peers and professionals in the writing industry that can help to develop your career. I was blown away by the depth of teaching and the nature of the curriculum in the MFA program which have inspired me to apply to the program after completing my MPhil at UQ.”
- Graham Akhurst, University of Queensland
“It was extremely rewarding attending the Purpose Event in New York. Richard spoke with such passion about the vision and success of the Aurora Study Tour. I left the event proud to be a part of the history and the future development and success of the program. The stories shared by students about their academic journey thus far were inspiring.”
- David Meharg, Charles Sturt University and University of Newcastle
“I personally loved the Rhodes House Luncheon. It gave me an opportunity to speak to very high performing students and get some insights into the courses they are studying, how they got into their current courses, and what they would like to do in the future. It was both inspiring and comforting as all of the students were normal people who just do, and have done, extraordinary things. We too can do and will do extraordinary things.”
- Jamie Penny, Griffith University
“I can see myself studying at Berkeley. I liked the atmosphere and the surrounding community. I was really surprised, in the best possible way, by how accessible the countryside is - an important consideration for me. The level of care and sharing shown by the Native American organizing group was very comforting and this is a significant part of why I feel that studying at Berkeley is possible.”
- Debra Dank, Deakin University
“It was really exciting to find out that there is a focus on public health, human rights and social justice [at Berkeley]. It was inspirational to hear about and get a feel for the freedom the students felt in pursuing their passions. The courses didn’t seem to impose restrictions in the methodologies or approaches to the coursework, but instead encouraged a new wave of thinking. I also had a good feel about the University and could see myself studying there. The students I spoke to had an infectious passion for their studies and I couldn’t help but get excited about what they were doing and their potential to effect change.”
- Ngaree Blow, University of Melbourne
“Columbia was not one of the top three universities that I had originally considered applying for. It is now the first university I will be considering applying for. The school has a human rights focus and is flexible with subjects taken under the Doctor of Public Health. It also only requires students to be residential for the first year, and the following two years in the field is done by correspondence. This gives me the flexibility to study for a year in New York and implement a public health research program in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community in Australia.”
- Kassmena Birch, Deakin University and Griffith University
“Meeting with Professor Fred Turner really shook my world around. I had been struggling with issues of acceptance to the universities on this tour, especially due to my young age, yet Fred assured me and encouraged me to apply in a way that made me feel as if I was fully capable to do so. It was so surreal to hear from a Department Head how interested they were in my research ideas, let alone levelling down to my own platform to speak to me on grounds that we both could relate to. It has left me with such a burning passion to develop my own ideas and research possibilities, rather than just simply holding onto my idealistic topics that I have had in the past.”
- Benjamin Ridgeway, University of Sydney
Applications for the 2016 Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour are now OPEN and close 3rd June 2016.
For more information regarding the Study Tour, please contact: the International Scholarships team, via email firstname.lastname@example.org phone (02) 9310 8402.
The Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour is made possible by the generous support of the Australian Government, Australian universities and various philanthropic organisations including the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust and the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation. Click here for a full list of Tour supporters.