44 students applied for the trip to visit Oxford and Cambridge universities. The Oxford alumnus funding the original trip was so impressed with the quality of the top students that he agreed to increase his support to enable a number of current undergraduates to also make the trip. In addition, other philanthropists, as well as Griffith University Law School, the University of Tasmania and Victoria University, agreed to enable additional students to make the trip. Find out more.
Oxford alumnus generously agrees to fund the cost of sending two Charlie Perkins Scholarship applicants to spend time at Oxford and Cambridge universities from 10-18 November 2011.
Following the success of the November 2011 trip to the UK, the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust and the Aurora Project are delighted to announce the opening of the application period for another exciting opportunity to participate in an overseas visit to Cambridge and Oxford universities in the UK in October this year. The visit may also include Harvard and New York University in the US.
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:
12 February 2011 - youthconnections.com.au, in collaboration and consultation with Aboriginal communities, initiated the Freedom Ride 2011. The journey re-traced the 1965 2,300km bus ride through northwest and coastal NSW, raising awareness in the hope of improving quality of life for Aboriginal people. Find out more about the journey.
"Australian students become the first Aborigines to attend Oxford". Read a recent article by Sophie Tedmanson from The Times Online.
"Charles Perkins opens door to Oxford" read a recent article from The Australian newspaper.
17 March 2010 - "Oxford firsts". Read a recent article from The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.
Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, announces the recipients of the inaugural Charlie Perkins Scholarships at Parliament House in Canberra. Read a transcript of Minister Macklin's speech.
Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, announces the recipients of the inaugural Charlie Perkins Scholarships at Parliament House in Canberra. Read Minister Macklin's Media Release.
Inaugural Charlie Perkins Scholarship winners to be the first Indigenous Australians to study at Oxford University. Read the Media Release.
Richard Potok is the Executive Director of the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust.
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