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Roberta Sykes Scholarships

Key details

$30,000 per year

About this scholarship

The Roberta Sykes Scholarship provides partial funding to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander postgraduate students who wish to undertake studies at recognised overseas universities.

The value of the Scholarship is up to $30,000 per year, paid directly to the recipient in equal installments at the start of each semester or term, subject to satisfactory academic progress. Applicants may be awarded funding for a number of years or may need to reapply for the Scholarship in subsequent years. 

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Usually have an undergraduate degree with a strong academic record
  • Be accepted into a postgraduate coursework or research degree at a recognised overseas university
  • Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and be accepted as such by the community in which they live or have lived
  • Be able to demonstrate that alongside a Roberta Sykes Scholarship, they will have sufficient funds to support themselves during the course of their postgraduate degree (such as through another scholarship, private sponsorship or personal funds)
  • Be able to demonstrate that their studies will be of benefit to their community upon their return to Australia.

Applications for part-time study will be considered in special circumstances.

When to apply:

Applications for the Roberta Sykes Scholarships are reviewed, and eligible candidates interviewed, at each board meeting of the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation. 

The deadlines to submit applications in 2019 are as follows:

  • 19 January
  • 9 March
  • 20 May
  • 8 July
  • 1 November

Applicants need to apply directly to the overseas academic institution first, and then to the Trust for a Scholarship. Your Scholarship application will only be reviewed by the Board if you are accepted in to your chosen course; however you should submit your application to the Foundation while you await the outcome of your university application.


Eligible Degrees
  • Masters (Coursework)
  • Female
  • Male
Eligible Study Fields
Property & Built Environment
Business & Management
Creative Arts
Teaching & Education
Engineering & Mathematics
Medical & Health Sciences
IT & Computer Science
Law, Legal Studies & Justice
Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences