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This has been a unique experience that I’m not going to forget any time soon and will definitely be on my mind next time I’m job hunting.

Sarah Jones,
placed at Goldfields Land and Sea Council Aboriginal Corporation (GLSC)

NTRB scholarships

Aurora has to date administered two NTRB scholarship programs aimed at attracting and retaining lawyers and research staff including anthropologists and historians to work in native title.

After identifying problems with the recruitment and retention of lawyers to the native title system and in particular to NTRBs, recommendations to government supported a scholarship program along with training and other support.

Initially support for the program for lawyers to study a Masters in Mineral Law at the University of Dundee, Scotland was provided by Rio Tinto. In 2008, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) (formerly FaHCSIA) provided additional funding for the renamed Australian Government - Rio Tinto NTRB Scholarship program. As of December 2014, Rio Tinto will no longer be funding the scholarships to Dundee and Aurora has submitted a funding application to PM&C via the Indigenous Advancement Strategy in the hope of continuing to offer these scholarships. We will hopefully be informed of the outcome by the end of February 2015.



About the Australian Government-Rio Tinto NTRB Scholarship

Each year two postgraduate scholarships are available leading to a Master of Laws (LLM) in Mineral Law and Policy at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) at the University of Dundee, Scotland.

About the Native Title Research Scholarships

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.