The annual Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour takes place in October or November of each year, taking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university undergraduates who have completed at least two years of their course of study to visit overseas institutions in the United States or United Kingdom.

This initiative gives participants who are interested in graduate study an insight into the realities of undertaking graduate study overseas.

The group of successful applicants leave Australia in late October and spend approximately three weeks in the US visiting Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, Columbia and NYU, and approximately 10 days in the UK at Cambridge and Oxford. At these premier educational institutions, participants meet with key admin staff and faculty from each university, as well as current students in the areas of the participants' interest. All costs associated with travel, accommodation and meals are covered by Aurora and its supporters.

In 2014, two students from the Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne joined the Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study tour. Read about the experiences of our students on this incredible tour:

University graduates are also welcome to apply. Applicants are advised that they should have maintained a Distinction average or equivalent throughout their studies.

For more information please visit the Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour web page.


Students taking part in the program
Left to right: Shelley Cable (Curtin Uni); Nicholas Johnson (Monash); Judd Harris (Curtin Uni); Bobby Maher (Curtin Uni); Karen Daniels (Uni of Newcastle); Skye Akbar (UniSA); Nathan Canuto (Charles Dawin); Luke Patterson (UniMelb); Jared Field (USYD); Nathan Bird (UQ and UniMelb); Tahjee Moar (UNSW); Christian Woodward (Deakin Uni); Rhiannon Allan (Uni of Newcastle); Allanah Hunt (CQU).