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Lindsay Collin,
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Native Title Research Scholarship

Native Title Research Scholarships are available to undertake post-graduate study at a Masters or PhD level, in a field relating to native title and focusing on anthropology, history and/or Indigenous cultural heritage. PLEASE NOTE THAT AT THIS TIME, NO NATIVE TITLE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE OFFERED VIA AURORA FOR 2015.

About the Native Title Research Scholarship

In 2008, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) (formerly FaHCSIA) conducted a review of funding for the native title system to identify blockages and reallocate funds to target priority areas of need. The review found a shortage of experienced research staff, including anthropologists, cultural heritage researchers and historians, working in native title and a difficulty attracting and retaining junior professionals.

In response, the government launched the Native Title Research Scholarship Program in 2010.

Conditions of the scholarship program:

  • Funding provided by the scholarship is not fixed. It will depend on the tuition fees that apply for the university and the program undertaken.
  • Scholarships are only offered in the year following the expiry of the tenure of the previous recipient. A maximum of three scholarships would run at any point in time and of these two may be PhD scholarships.

Application process and form

PLEASE NOTE THAT AT THIS TIME, NO NATIVE TITLE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE OFFERED VIA AURORA FOR 2015. Candidates have previously been encouraged to have secured their enrolment and/or supervision (where relevant) in their nominated degree program before applying for a scholarship.

PLEASE NOTE THAT AT THIS TIME, NO NATIVE TITLE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE OFFERED VIA AURORA FOR 2015.
Application process for study in 2014

There are 3 steps to completing the application process. Applicants should:

Step 1

Complete the online application form below.

Step 2

Submit the following supporting information in the form of ONE Microsoft Word document (no larger than 5MB):

  • a Statement of Purpose of not more than 1000 words (see below for specifications)
  • a scanned electronic version of your academic transcript
  • a Curriculum Vitae
  • a scanned passport-sized photo

Please save your Microsoft Word document using the following format:
surname.first name.ntscholarship.app.doc
For example: smith.jane.ntscholarship.app.doc.

Step 3

Mail an official hard copy version of your academic transcript to:
Scholarships - Aurora Project
100 Botany Road
Alexandria, NSW 2015
Australia
If you would like us to return your original transcript please include a self-addressed envelope.

PLEASE NOTE THAT AT THIS TIME, NO NATIVE TITLE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE OFFERED VIA AURORA FOR 2015.
If you have any questions on the process or more generally please contact our NTRB Scholarships Team.

Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose must comply with the following formatting requirements:

  • lines spaced at 1.5
  • margins no smaller than 2cm
  • font set at Times New Roman 12 point or Arial 11 point.

In addition to providing reasons for applying for the scholarship, the Statement of Purpose should include relevant details of study and career history with specific attention to any native title, anthropology and cultural heritage research experience, personal philosophy, aspirations and future career plans. The selection committee will not consider statements of over 1000 words or any documents additional to those requested.
 

What scholarships are offered?

  • Available for full-time study - with a maximum funding period of one year for a Masters by coursework, two years for a Masters by research and four years for a PhD.
  • Available for part-time study - with a maximum funding period of two years for Masters by coursework and four years for a Masters by research.

What costs does the scholarship cover?

  • Tuition costs for degrees by research (both Masters and PhDs) are generally offered under a HECS exemption through the Australian Government’s Research Training Scheme (RTS)
  • The scholarship meets the cost of tuition fees for Masters by coursework
  • A full-time stipend (equivalent to the Australian Postgraduate Award – the award for 2014 is $25,392, net of tax or $26,758 gross) will be provided for the fixed period of each degree program (maximum four years) for prospective PhD and Masters candidates for 2014.
  • A part-time stipend (equivalent to the Australian Postgraduate Award – the award for 2014 is $12,696) will be provided for the fixed period of each degree program for prospective Masters candidates for 2014.
  • The full-time stipend (equivalent to the Australian Postgraduate Award for that year) will be paid to each scholar at its full grossed up value, including an amount for applicable tax.  It is the responsibility of the scholarship recipient to seek advice from the ATO and/or their tax adviser with regards to any personal tax implications.

Who can apply?

To apply for a scholarship candidates must:

  • Australian citizens and permanent residents.
  • have successfully completed a Bachelor's Degree at a tertiary institution by close of semester two of the year that they are applying for the scholarship.
  • have secured their enrolment (where possible) and/or supervision (where relevant) in their nominated degree program before applying for a scholarship.
  • provide proof of enrolment (where possible) prior to the advertised deadline. If proof of acceptance is not provided in time, the scholarship offer may be rescinded and the scholarship offered to the next highest ranking candidate.
  • study in a postgraduate program at an Australian institution of the candidate’s choice to allow them to collaborate with a suitable supervisor who should be highly experienced in native title.
  • study in native title related areas and preferably in the discipline of anthropology, cultural heritage or history. Other related disciplines may be possible, subject to approval.
  • have the express support of their NTRB by providing a reference letter from the Head of Research or CEO at their NTRB, if they are working at an NTRB at the time of their application.

There are no requirements in relation to previous work experience, however, applicants should note that experience in native title and the length of this experience, will be held in high regard when applications are assessed.

What conditions apply to scholarships?

Scholarship recipients must agree to:

  • work for a minimum of two years at an NTRB or in the native title system in a research role following the completion of a Masters program.
  • work for a minimum of three years at an NTRB or in the native title system in a research role following the completion of a PhD.
  • repay PM&C any funds they receive from the scholarship if they do not complete the full program in the time frame agreed.