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The entire experience was incredible and indescribable. It was honestly my favorite experience I have had in my life to date!. I believe that this has been a turning point for me, as it has made me more confident to pursue my passion in this area.

Jennifer Cohen,
placed at North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA)

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. PLEASE NOTE: We are no longer administering the Native Title Research Scholarship Program. As of December 2014, Rio Tinto will no longer be funding the scholarships to Dundee. Aurora is awaiting the outcome of a funding application to PM&C via the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) which will determine whether we will continue to administer the Mineral Law NTRB Scholarship Program. We expect to hear from PM&C at the end of March. Applications for the 2015/16 round will be open from 16 February through 13 March 2015. In the event that the funding application is unsuccessful, the round will be aborted at that time.

About the Mineral Law NTRB Scholarship Program

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.

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 this scholarship program. Aurora is awaiting the outcome of a funding application to PM&C via the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) which will determine whether we will continue to administer the Mineral Law NTRB Scholarship Program.

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.

PLEASE NOTE THAT AT THIS TIME, NO NATIVE TITLE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE OFFERED VIA AURORA FOR 2015.