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About this scholarship


The Sir Roland Wilson (SRW) Foundation Pat Turner scholarship (Coursework) provides high performing Indigenous Australian Public Service (APS) employees a 1-2-year full pay scholarship at ANU to undertake a postgraduate coursework program.

The Foundation is a body within the ANU and has the following functions:

  • Honouring the contribution of Sir Roland Wilson and Pat Turner to the development of public policy in Australia, and providing a permanent acknowledgement of their achievements and contributions to, and place in, Australian history;
  • Advancing the study and development of public policy in Australia, particularly by fostering closer links between the APS and the University;
  • Promoting and supporting activities that maintain and enhance the University’s role as Australia’s national university and contribute to:
    • excellence in public policy research and analysis, particularly in areas of national importance to Australia;
    • provision of national, regional and international public policy resource to address major issues confronting governments, business and communities;
    • developing long-term strategic relations with governments, business, other universities and institutions and the public, both within Australia and internationally;
    • the development of Australia’s national unity and identity, including the advancement of its Indigenous peoples;
    • public policy capability and leadership.
  • Supporting the development of the individual capabilities of future leaders in public policy.



Scholars continue to receive their APS agency salary

Payments made for 2 years


11-Oct-2023 to 31-Mar-2024

  • Student types

  • Student levels

    Postgraduate coursework, Graduate Certificate, Master Degree
  • Selection bases

    Academic merit, Indigenous
  • Ongoing eligibility

    Continuation based on full-time study load

Field of study

The scholarship is available for all postgraduate coursework programs at ANU, which includes Master Degrees, along with a range of Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas.



The Award is available each year to an ANU student who:

  • is enrolled or will enrol full-time in a postgraduate coursework degree at the Australian National University ('ANU'); and
  • is an ongoing employee of a participating APS agency*; and
  • is employed substantively between level APS 4 and SES B1 (inclusive); and
  • has identified within their agency as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and
  • has served for at least three years within the APS.

*Any questions about participating APS agencies should be directed to the Foundation.

Additional information


Scholars enter into a Deed of Agreement with their APS agency stipulating the conditions under which the scholarship will proceed, and are paid their normal salary by their agency. Taxation, superannuation and other employment conditions continue to apply. Additionally, scholars have access to a professional development fund of up to $5,000 over the course of the scholarship.

At least 3 per annum will be offered. The payments will be made for 1-2 years.

The scholarship application is submitted on the prescribed form which is available on the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation website.

Applications for the SRW Pat Turner Postgraduate Coursework Scholarship are accepted for commencement in either Semester 1 or Semester 2 each year.

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Please visit the Foundation website for further information and to view the scholarship information pack.

Website link

Contact us:

icon_human Program Coordinator, Sir Roland Wilson Foundation Pat Turner Scholarship Program
icon_human 02 6125 4674