Our purpose

Aurora aims to inspire the academic and career aspirations and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We wish to see Indigenous Australians inspired by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academic role models, empowered to excel in tertiary education and becoming the leaders and agents of change in Australian society we know they can be.
 

The Aspiration Initiative (TAI) is designed to enhance academic achievement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students, simultaneously paving the way to university. The aim of the program is for all students to complete high school with the foundational academic skills necessary for engagement and success at university and higher education.

 

The Indigenous Scholarships Portal and Match Service streamlines students’ access to financial support and resources, with over $40million in scholarships available. Our free, monthly e-newsletter provides scholarship updates and profiles stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success.

 

The Aurora Internship Program has contributed to capacity building for Indigenous and Indigenous-sector organisations placing over 2,000 talented and passionate interns across Australia. Since 2017, scholarships are offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interns to facilitate their entry into the sector.

 

Prior to 2010, there had never been an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person studying for a full-time degree at Oxford or Cambridge – consistently ranked as 2 of the top 5 universities in the world.

The Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour (the Study Tour), International Scholarships Program (the Scholarships Program) and Bursaries Program open pathways to international academic excellence. These include the Charlie Perkins Scholarships and the Roberta Sykes Scholarships for postgraduate studies at leading world universities, as well as the Roberta Sykes Bursaries which facilitate participation in executive programs.

 
Aurora Outreach facilitates Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander university students and graduates to visit high schools to give inspirational talks about unlocking potential and striving to be your best. Outreach shows students how academic and career pathways can open up a world of possibilities.

Our Impact

13,000
students reached each year
70%
of TAI students are completing year 12, 50% transition directly to university
2.8%
2.8% of Australian Master’s and Doctoral students at Cambridge, Harvard and Oxford are Indigenous in 2016-17 (1% of postgraduates at Australian Universities were Indigenous in 2015)