The Taplin Indigenous Bursary for International Education has been established by Emeritus Professor John Taplin to support the expenses of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students or staff involving engagement with other First-Nations peoples overseas.
The Donor is a former University of Adelaide Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) with a strong commitment to the internationalisation of higher education. The Donor is also motivated by the pioneering ethnographic and linguistic studies undertaken by his great-grandfather, the Reverend George Taplin, with the Ngarrindjeri people whose land encompasses the lower Murray River and Lakes region of South Australia, and his unremitting advocacy on their behalf in the early years following British colonisation of this State.
Applicants must be and identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person undertaking study as a Commonwealth supported student and must remain enrolled on a full time or part time basis or be a staff member.
The recipients must use the bursary funds only for the following purposes:
- To undertake and engage in a project in a country with First Nation peoples (with a preference for New Zealand and Canada) that is relevant to issues facing Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people; or
- to attend a conference or visit relevant centres to investigate issues of relevance to Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people; and
- For legitimate costs associated with travel to the study project or conference such as airfares, accommodation and program expenses
Up to two bursaries per year will be awarded. The value of the bursaries is up to $5000, each dependent on the number of successful applicants.
Selection of the successful candidate will be made according to academic merit ensuring funds are used to support study projects with First-Nations peoples with a preference for programs in Canada or New Zealand. Academic merit for commencing students will be determined according to ATAR or equivalent scores.Academic merit for continuing students will be determined according to students’ cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) or equivalent scores.
Applications close 5pm, Friday 9 June 2017.