Roberta Sykes Scholarship

Applications open 1 July 2024
Applications close 21 October 2024


Scholar’s choice of course offered by Harvard Kennedy School

Course type

Scholar’s choice



Open to

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women leaders in any industry


Online or in-person, Harvard Kennedy School, Boston, USA

Partnered with

Aurora Education Foundation

In partnership with the Aurora Education Foundation, we are offering three scholarships to the Harvard Kennedy School for rising and mid-career Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women leaders across not-for-profit, government and corporate sectors.

Applicants are requested to select a course, delivered either face-to-face or online, offered by Harvard Kennedy School. You must meet the eligibility requirements below, and demonstrate why you have chosen the course and how it will benefit you in your current and future roles.

Who should apply?

We are looking for middle and senior women managers across not-for-profit, government and corporate sectors. To be eligible to apply, you must meet the minimum selection criteria:
Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Hold a mid-level to senior management role (i.e., CEO, or no more than three levels down from CEO)
Demonstrate three or more years of general experience as a leader. This includes managing any size of team or team leaders
Have two or more years general management experience (i.e., business unit, line or functional management incorporating key responsibilities such as P&L management, strategic planning and people leadership)
Inclusions and Obligations
Applicants are required to select a course from the Harvard Kennedy School program
The total value of each scholarship is $15,000 AUD
The total cost of the course and travel (up to $3,000 AUD) must be within $15,000 AUD. As the exchange rate fluctuates, any difference that takes the total cost over $15,000 AUD will need to be covered by the successful candidate
Applicants must complete their course within 12 months of receiving the scholarship
The recipient(s) will be required to write a report about her scholarship experience and may be asked to speak at CEW and Roberta Sykes events
On completion of the course, the recipient(s) will become a member of the CEW and Roberta Sykes alumni communities.

“This is an amazing opportunity to increase my networks and continue to advocate for the voice of First Nations within the digital technology space.” 

Nattlie Smith
Director for Aboriginal Outcomes, NSW Department of Customer Service. 2023 Scholar.

The opportunity to study at a prestigious institution like Harvard Kennedy School seemed like an unattainable dream for me in the past. However, witnessing the extraordinary strength and resilience of the women I work with, particularly on the Women’s Business 2nd Chance Program, motivated me to take a leap of faith and give it a go” 

Christianna Cartwright
CEO, Real Futures. 2023 Scholar.

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