The Charlie Perkins Scholarships were established in 2009 to commemorate Dr Charles Perkins AO, who was the first Indigenous Australian man to graduate from university and the first Indigenous head of an Australian Government department. It was whilst playing soccer professionally in the UK that he was inspired to return to Australia to undertake university study, following a game against Oxford University.
The Scholarships are managed by the Charlie Perkins Trust in Australia. The Charlie Perkins Children's Trust was formed in 2002 with the original intention of assisting indigenous children in a number of areas. In 2008, the Trust's purposes were expanded to include the education of students as well as children and the Trust was renamed the Charlie Perkins Trust for Children & Students.
The Scholarships are tenable at a number of participating Oxford colleges: Balliol, Corpus Christi, Green Templeton, Jesus, Keble, Linacre, St Catherine's, Trinity and Wolfson.
Am I eligible?
Candidates should be applying to start any new full-time graduate course, with the exception of PGCert and PGDip courses, at the University.
Applicants for the Charlie Perkins Scholarship must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and be accepted as such by the community in which they live or have lived. Applicants must provide a written statement from an elder in, or representative on behalf of, the community in which they live or have lived confirming this. This will count as one of the five references required to be submitted with the application that is made directly to the Charlie Perkins Trust.
Please ensure you meet the requirements for entry to your course, including English language requirements. See the Course Guide for more information.
Deferred entry students are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.
What does it cover?
100% of university and college fees, a grant for living costs (the rate was £13,500 in 2010-11) as well as travel costs to and from Australia at the start/end of your course, and one trip back to Australia annually.
Awards are valid for up to three years depending on the length of your course. If your scholarship is offered for a course lasting more than one year, the continuation of your scholarship each year is subject to an annual renewal process based on satisfactory academic progress.
How do I apply?
1) Contact the Charlie Perkins Trust to arrange a time to discuss your application.
2) In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline, and you must have secured a place on your chosen programme of study by the expected final decision date (13 March 2013). Applications with an outstanding admissions decision after this date, or applications which are re-evaluated against the later March deadline field, are not eligible for scholarship consideration.
3) Apply to the Charlie Perkins Trust for the scholarship separately between 9am AEST Monday 6 August 2012 and 5pm AEST Friday 2 November 2012. The scholarship application form and guidance on applying can be found on the Charlie Perkins Trust website.
Your application can only be considered if you apply to both Oxford and the Charlie Perkins Trust by the deadlines noted above.
Applicants who are ‘re-routed’ (accepted onto a different programme of study to the one they originally applied for e.g. transferred from an MPhil to a DPhil or from one course to another) should contact us as soon as they are notified of the change in order to ensure that their application for a scholarship is maintained on their new programme of study.
How will I know if I have been successful?
The Charlie Perkins Trust will contact you if you have been shortlisted for an interview at the end of February or in early March. The announcement of successful candidates is expected to be made during March 2013. Successful candidates will then be flown to Oxford in April to visit colleges.