1 September 2010: Australian Catholic University (ACU) has become one of the first universities in Australia to introduce Indigenous staff research scholarships, in a bid to facilitate valued Indigenous contribution to learning, research and community engagement.
The program was officially launched at the Strathfield Campus.
Available at all six ACU campuses, the scholarships will provide up to five Indigenous academics with the opportunity to develop their teaching and research skills, and complete PhDs with the support of the University.
The scholarships are available for all five university faculties – Business, Arts and Sciences, Health Sciences, Education and Theology and Philosophy.
Associate Professor Nereda White, Director of the Centre for Indigenous Education and Research, said ACU has taken up the challenge of developing a program which recognises the significant strengths and knowledge that Indigenous people bring to enrich higher education and research.
“The Australian Catholic University Indigenous Staff Scholarship Program recognises the dual challenges facing Indigenous people as postgraduate students and academics," she said.
“Our program is designed to allow Indigenous people achieve their postgraduate qualifications whilst having a reduced teaching load, support from a mentor in the faculty and time to complete their studies whilst being employed at academic levels.”
Professor Gabrielle McMullen, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at ACU, said ACU has a long-standing commitment to full participation of Indigenous Australians in higher education.
In the recently released Good Universities Guide for 2011, ACU received the maximum five-star rating for Indigenous Participation.
“With the establishment of the Centre for Indigenous Education and Research (CIER), the breadth and depth of the University’s Indigenous research is growing impressively,” Professor McMullen said. “Further development however depends on growing the number of Indigenous academic staff.”
For more information or to apply, visit www.acu.edu.au/270795