We are seeking applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university undergraduates (including those in their honours year) who have completed at least one year of their course of study and have the potential to become Charlie Perkins Scholars in the future. For more details on the Charlie Perkins Scholarships to Oxford and Cambridge visit the Charlie Perkins website.
The trip is also open to university graduates who wish to undertake further study. The successful applicants will be chosen primarily on the basis of academic achievement (Distinction average or higher), but also on the basis of their potential to become leaders in their field of study and in their communities. Preference will be given to students in their final years of study.
The trip will take place in mid-October 2012 and will provide a group of students with the opportunity to meet with students and academics in their areas of interest at both Oxford and Cambridge universities. At this stage, we are also looking into extending the trip to include visits to Harvard University and New York University in the United States. The UK visit will be for one week, with the possibility of a second week for the US portion. If we do go to the US, it may be possible for students to choose to join the trip for either the UK or US components. Costs associated with travel, accommodation and meals will be covered.
You can read reflections from students who visited Cambridge and Oxford in November last year November 2011 Oxford and Cambridge Trip Reflections (PDF 1MB). Of the students who attended the trip, four will be commencing study at Cambridge and Oxford in October this year – three of those students are the recipients of the 2012 Charlie Perkins Scholarships.
To be considered, applicants should email the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Wednesday 1 August 2012:
- a cover letter
- a curriculum vitae
- an official transcript of university results (including mid-year results if available)
- confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent through a signed written statement (including common seal) of an Aboriginal Heritage Association, Aboriginal Corporation or Land Council in the community where they live or have lived
- details for five referees including three academic referees (email and telephone numbers).