Aurora administers 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 scholarship program was provided by Rio Tinto and, in 2008, the Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) provided additional funding for the program now known as the Australian Government - Rio Tinto NTRB Scholarship program.
In 2010, the Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) provided funding for the Native Title Research Scholarship program, to encourage anthropologists and historians to work at NTRBs.
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
The Native Title Research Scholarship supports staff with at least two years working experience at an NTRB, to undertake post-graduate study at a masters or PhD level, in a field relating to native title and focusing on anthropology and history.