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I had such a wonderful time living in Darwin and working at NAAJA. It is such an inspiring organisation and I could see myself working somewhere like this in the future.

Charlotte Buckton,
placed at North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA)

Scholarships are available for Indigenous Australians to study overseas at Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard. Funding is available for either a masters, a PhD program or executive development programs.

The programs are jointly funded by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.


Charlie Perkins Scholarships

Each year, two postgraduate scholarships are available for Indigenous students to study at Oxford or Cambridge universities.

The scholarships cover:

  • university and college fees
  • travel costs and £13,800 (2010) per year for living expenses.

Roberta Sykes Postgraduate Scholarships

Postgraduate scholarships are available for Indigenous students to study at any overseas university. The scholarship provides supplementary financial assistance (up to $30,000) for the period of one year, paid directly to the recipient in equal installments at the start of each semester or term subject to satisfactory academic progress.

Roberta Sykes Harvard Club Scholarship

The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation and the Harvard Club of Australia fund the Roberta Sykes Harvard Club Scholarship (RSHCS).

The scholarship provides:

  • financial support to Indigenous Australians undertaking postgraduate study for up to three years at Harvard University.
  • university and college fees, travel costs and living expenses up to $60,000 per annum to be paid over the course of the scholar’s study.

At any point in time, only one student will study at Harvard on a RSHCS. This scholarship is offered in the year following the expiry of the tenure of the previous recipient.

Roberta Sykes Overseas Research Scholarships

Partial funding is available for Indigenous postgraduate students to undertake research, at a recognised overseas academic institution, as part of their Australian postgraduate study program. The period of study can vary from a few months to a year. The value of the scholarship is up to $20,000, depending on the period of study.

Roberta Sykes Scholarships for Short Executive Programs

Partial funding is provided for Indigenous Australians to undertake short executive courses at recognised overseas academic institutions. The value of the Scholarship is up to $20,000.

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Learn more about the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation, its scholarships and how to become a supporter