Don’t miss an opportunity to attend the annual Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour!
The Tour is a great introduction to life as a postgraduate student at some of the world’s leading universities.
The Aurora Project is seeking applications from high achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergraduates in any field of study, who have completed at least two years of their course of study. University graduates are also welcome to apply.
The group of successful applicants (approximately 15 in total) will leave Australia in late October and spend 18 days in the US visiting Stanford, Harvard, Columbia and NYU, and 10 days at Cambridge and Oxford. All costs associated with travel, accommodation and meals will be covered by Aurora and its supporters – last year each of the Australian universities where Scholars were studying contributed to the costs. Applicants may elect to join the full Tour, or only the UK or US components (the schedule is currently being finalised).
Seventeen Indigenous students participated in October 2012. Here are some reflections from last year’s Tour:
“Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think attending world-renowned universities like Oxford and Harvard was a possibility. This trip helped to open a world of possibilities. It has equipped me with the necessary skills to confidently take on the strenuous admission processes and fine-tuned my ability to express my work clearly to a wide range of audiences. While it was, at times, a challenging experience – these places, or rather the idea of these places can be intimidating – it has been such an enriching experience.”
- Kathleen Jackson, University of Newcastle – 2013 Roberta Sykes Harvard Club Scholar to Harvard
“I came away feeling much more confident about my knowledge of the course, my ability to get in and keep up, and was excited to call my family and tell them I wanted to apply and that I may have found our next home for a couple of years.”
- Leila Smith, Australian National University – 2013 Charlie Perkins Scholar to Cambridge
“Before going on this trip, I never would have thought about studying overseas … much less at one of these prestigious universities. I was aware that I had good marks, but not that one of these universities would want me. I would definitely never have thought that a scholarship to one of these prestigious universities would be achievable for me, but now I know that it is! This trip has opened up a new world of possibilities for me.…”
- Jessica Buck, University of Newcastle
“When I compare how I felt when I arrived and the ideas I have about my future as a student now, the leap is mind boggling ... To be able to not only engage with such incredible academics, but also to find they are interested in your historical focus and interests is an honour I had never imagined in my wildest dreams. I feel like I need to keep pinching myself!”
- Zena Cumpston, Monash University
You can read more reflections on the 2012 trip here (PDF 533KB).
Application are now closed.
Complete the online application form below prior to the closing date.
With the online application form you will need to attach the following documentation:
- A cover letter (including a personal statement about your background, career aspirations and reasons for wanting to go on the Tour).
- A curriculum vitae
- An official transcript of all university results (including mid-year results, if available)
- A list identifying one academic contact (such as a Professor) that you would like to meet at each academic institution you are interested in visiting (Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Oxford and Cambridge), and one administrative contact (such as a Course Coordinator)
- Confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent through a signed written statement (including common seal) of an Aboriginal Heritage Association, Aboriginal Corporation or Land Council in the community where you live or have lived
- A passport-sized photo.
You will need to arrange for three written references (two of which should be academic references), to be forwarded directly to Tess Crellin at Aurora by your referees.
The successful applicants will be chosen primarily on the basis of academic achievement (Distinction average or higher) but also on the basis of their potential to become leaders in their field of study and in their communities. Preference will be given to students in the final year of their undergraduate studies. We are looking for applicants who have the potential to become Charlie Perkins and Roberta Sykes Scholars.