Thursday, 8 May 2014

2014 Roberta Sykes Scholars Announced

Contact: Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation
w: www.robertasykesfoundation.com

Intended Audience: All interested

The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of three Roberta Sykes Scholarships, a scheme assisting Indigenous Australians to pursue postgraduate study at leading overseas universities.

The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation is pleased to announce Monash University graduate Michael Bryden, University of Newcastle graduate Nathan West, and Flinders University graduate Kristopher Wilson as three recipients of this year's Roberta Sykes Scholarships.

Michael Bryden, a descendant of the Palawa people of Tasmania, has been accepted to undertake an M.Phil in Criminological Research at the University of Cambridge. He graduated with First Class Honours in a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology and Politics) from Monash, maintaining a High Distinction average throughout his degree. Michael was a participant on the Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour in 2011 and 2013.

Nathan West, a descendant of the Biripi people, has been accepted to both the M.Phil in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, and the M.Phil in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford. He completed his Bachelor of Construction Management at University of Newcastle with First Class Honours, maintaining a Distinction average throughout his degree. Nathan was a participant on the Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour in 2013.


Kristopher Wilson, a descendant of the Arabunna people, has been accepted to undertake a D.Phil in Cyber Security (Law) at the University of Oxford. He completed his Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at Flinders University, and Master of Laws (Media and Technology) at the University of New South Wales. Kristopher received the Ken Wanganeen Medal from Flinders in 2012.
Supporting Indigenous students for over 25 years, the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation offers a number of students the opportunity to undertake postgraduate study at leading overseas universities each year.

Speaking about the scholarships, the Chair of the Roberta Sykes Foundation, Peter Waters, said:
"The Trustees are honoured to support these two exemplary Indigenous scholars in their studies at Cambridge and/or Oxford later this year. Twenty years ago, Indigenous scholars were confined to a narrow range of disciplines. Today however, scholars are branching out across a variety of fields. The Roberta Sykes Scholarships promote the vision of a better future in which more Indigenous people assume positive roles across a spectrum of career and leadership opportunities.

We acknowledge that it is largely due to the generosity of our donors that our recipients are able to realise their aspiration of overseas study. I sincerely wish to thank the Australian Government, the University of Oxford, the Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust, Cambridge Australia Scholarships, the University of Canberra, Justice John Basten and the many others who have made these outstanding awards possible.


The scholarships to Cambridge and Oxford cover all fees and living expenses, and are valued at over $70,000 for the period of one year.

For more information about the Foundation and the Bursaries, please visit the website.

Applications for the November 2014 Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour will open at 9:00am AEST Monday 2 June. For information about the Study Tour, please visit the Aurora Project website.