The Charlie Perkins Scholarships are postgraduate scholarships directed towards Indigenous Australians who have the potential to become leaders in their field o

Charlie Perkins Scholarship

20 June 2014

The Charlie Perkins Scholarships are postgraduate scholarships directed towards Indigenous Australians who have the potential to become leaders in their field of study and in their communities.

The Scholarships were launched in 2009 in memory of Aboriginal leader and activist Dr Charlie Perkins - the first Indigenous Australian man to graduate from university.  The Scholarships are offered for study at either the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

The value of each Perkins Scholarship will vary, depending on the scholarship-holder's course of study, for up to three years. It will cover full university and college fees, travel costs and an annual stipend to cover living expenses. For the 2013-14 academic year the stipend is £14,500 (approximately $AUD21,100).

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • have tertiary qualifications
  • be accepted into any graduate degree program offered at the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge (this will require a First Class Honours degree, upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent)
  • be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • be accepted as such by the community in which they live or have lived.

Applicants must provide a written statement confirming their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage. In addition they are required to provide a signed statement in writing from the Aboriginal Heritage Association, Aboriginal Corporation or Land Council of the community in which they live or have lived, confirming the above.

Application process

Applications close October 2015

If you are interested in applying , please contact Sally Gordon.

Contact: Sally Gordon
Contact Phone: 4921 6930
Contact Email: Sally.Gordon@newcastle.edu.au