Fulbright Indigenous Scholarships to the U.S.

Fulbright Indigenous Scholarships to the U.S. Fulbright scholar Simon-Grahamweb

Friday 8 July 2016

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.

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.

Dr Simon Graham from the University of Melbourne was the 2016 recipient of the Fulbright Indigenous Postdoctoral Scholarship.

His research looks at developing public health interventions that aim to decrease the rates of sexually transmissible infections and viral hepatitis among young people. He will spend ten months at the Centre for HIV Educational Studies & Training, City University of New York.

Dr Graham says being a Fulbright Scholar offers a valuable opportunity to expand his research skills and connect with international researchers.

“I am looking forward to working with American researchers in developing innovative ways to communicate with young people through social media and phone applications that empower them to make informed choices about their own health.” Dr Graham said.

Some past and present recipients of the Scholarship describe their experiences:


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Dean Jarrett – PhD candidate at the University of Technology, Sydney and 2015 Fulbright Indigenous Postgraduate Scholarship recipient

2015 Fulbright Indigenous Postgraduate Scholar Dean Jarrett has been conducting research at the American Indian Studies Department at the University of Arizona.  

Dean’s research focuses on Aboriginal social enterprise, entrepreneurship, supply diversity and the impacts this has on Aboriginal communities. He has been investigating the economic contributions of Aboriginal businesses and how that contributes to the local economy.

“My experience so far has been ‘once in a lifetime’, providing me with tremendous learning experiences and great exposure for my research. The staff and other Fulbright scholars have been extremely welcoming and very supportive. Thanks to everyone at Fulbright for an extremely exciting and prestigious opportunity.”

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).

Ms Michelle Deshong – PhD candidate at James Cook University and 2015 Fulbright Indigenous Professional Scholarship recipient

Fulbright Indigenous Professional Scholar, Michelle Deshong travelled to the U.S. to undertake comparative analysis of the roles of First Nations/Indigenous women in Nation building.  The Fulbright scholarship provided Michelle an opportunity to research and understand the complex political and legal frameworks that exists for First Nations people.

“I could not have predicted how much the Fulbright opportunity would impact me. It tested my knowledge and skills in relation to Indigenous Affairs on a global scale and made me re-think my own ideas of what is possible.  The opportunity to immerse myself in the U.S. and build personal and professional relationships that will reach far beyond the duration of the experience was invaluable.”  

Scholarship details

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
Apply online through Australian - American Fulbright website

For more Information contact Australian-American Fulbright Commission:

(+61) 2 6260 4460