Annual - Charlie Perkins Scholarships, Curtin University, Perth, WA

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Annual - Charlie Perkins Scholarships
Description: The Charlie Perkins Trust, inspired by, and in memory of Charlie Perkins is establishing a scholarship scheme which will give talented Indigenous Australians the opportunity to study at the University of Oxford or Cambridge.
Charlie Perkins always strived to do things considered unattainable for Aboriginal people. In the early 1960s he was wondering if he could go to university at a time when no Indigenous Australian had studied at a university anywhere. Almost 50 years on, as far as we are aware, no Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student has studied for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Oxford, in spite of the fact that many leaders from around the developed and developing world launch their careers there.
The reality is that few Indigenous students set their sights on postgraduate study at the world’s finest universities, and this is something the Charlie Perkins Trust plan to change.
Opening Date: 15 August, 2011
Closing Date: 14 October, 2011
Faculty: All Faculties
Scholarship Type: Merit Based
Need Based
Year of Study: Honours
Eligibility: Applicants must:
- be of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
- have tertiary qualifications
- be accepted into any degree program offered at the University of Oxford or Cambridge.
Selection of successful applicants will be based on the academic success of the candidates and their potential to contribute as leaders and role models.
To be accepted to the University of Oxford or Cambridge candidates will need a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree.
Applicants will need to apply directly to the University of Oxford for admission as well as to the Trust.
Only applicants who are accepted to the University of Oxford will be eligible to receive the scholarships.

For dealines and key dates please visit the Charlie Perkins Trust website:
Applicable to: Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander Students
Current Students
Nationality: Australian Citizen
Maximum number awarded: 2
Value: The Scholarship will cover living expenses, air fares and all tuition fees to support the recipients study at the University of Oxford or Cambridge during the academic year 2012/2013.
The value of each Perkins Scholarship will be between £33,000 and £45,000 per year, depending on the scholarship-holder’s course of study, for up to three years.
Tenable at: The Scholarships are offered for study at the University of Oxford or Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
Further Information: Before applying interested candidates should contact Richard Potok on (02) 9469 8104 for further information and to discuss college selection.
Or send a letter by post to:
The Charlie Perkins Trust for Children & Students
PO Box 1054
Randwick NSW 2031
Or send an email:
Criteria: Applications for the 2012/13 Charlie Perkins
Scholarships will open on Monday 15 August
2011 and will close on Friday 14 October 2011.
Applicants are required to submit their
application to the University of Cambridge
by 1 December 2011 and to the University
of Oxford by 20 January 2012.
A two-track application process will apply – applicants will need to apply directly to University of Oxford for admission and to the Trust in relation to the Charlie Perkins Scholarships.
Guidelines: Please visit the Charlie Perkins Trust website for application forms, and further information:
What you need to provide in your application
- Completed application form
- Your curriculum vitae (CV)
- Five references (at least two academic; one from your community or an elder in the community; two of your own choice)
- Personal statement, mentioning:
- a bit about yourself
- what you want to study and why
- how you see yourself contributing to the Indigenous leadership of Australia
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