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Sir Roland Wilson Pat Turner Scholarship

We offer 1-3 year scholarships to high performing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian Public Service employees from APS 4 to Senior Executive Service Band 1. Our scholarships allow scholars to study topics of national significance and strategic importance to the Australian Public Service at either ANU or Charles Darwin University (CDU).

Our scholars and alumni build connections between academia and the Australian Public Service, and drive the development of evidence-based public policy.

An image of sculpture, Winged Harvest, by Fiona Foley
Winged Harvest by Fiona Foley


To be eligible for the Sir Roland Wilson Pat Turner Scholarship, applicants must:

  • be a substantive APS 4 to SES Band 1 level Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander employee
  • be employed by the Australian Public Service with at least 3 years' service
  • have been accepted into a postgraduate coursework or Higher Degree Research program at ANU or CDU.

Scholarship program selection process overview and key dates

Stage 1: ANU or CDU Application
  • October 2019

    Info Sessions at ANU and government agencies.

    ANU Higher Degree Research applications open.

    Master of Philosophy and PhD candidates need to develop a research proposal. The research topic should be of national significance, and strategic importance or have immediate relevance to specific agencies or the Australian Public Service. For more information about topics to consider, refer to the Scholarship Information Pack.

    Once these candidates have a proposal, they also need to identify and contact an academic supervisor.

    All candidates need to apply for an ANU or CDU postgraduate coursework or Higher Degree Research program.

    Email the Foundation and provide us with your ANU or CDU application number.

  • March 2020

    ANU Higher Degree Research Applications close for Master Philosophy and PhD

Stage 2: Agency Internal Selection Process
  • May 2020

    Applications for ANU master by coursework close.

    ANU Higher Degree Research applications open.

  • May – July 2020

    Internal agency selection processes.

    Once you have a letter of offer into the program you’ve selected, you need to apply through your agency.

    Agencies select candidates who meet the selection guidelines for interview with the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation selection panel.

    Agencies look for the following attributes when selecting applicants for shortlisting:

    Outstanding potential for senior leadership in the Australian Public Service and/or specialised professional or technical leadership in their field

    A record of high performance placing them in the top 5% of their cohort

    The candidate has been accepted into an approved postgraduate or Higher Degree Research program at ANU or CDU.

Stage 3: SRW Scholarship Selection Process
  • July 2020

    Agencies send nominations to the Foundation.

    Agency’s send their supported nominations to us.

    The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation selection panel review the nominations and invite shortlisted candidates to interviews in Canberra.

Stage 4: Outcomes
  • August 2020

    Interviews in Canberra.

    Candidates notified of outcomes.

    Successful candidates will be offered a Sir Roland Wilson scholarship to commence the following February.

  • November 2020

    New scholar orientation.

  • February 2021

    Scholars start the scholarship program and their studies.

Administrative arrangements

Scholars and their agency enter into a Deed of Agreement that outlines what the scholar and their agency agree to while they are on scholarship.

Scholars are paid their normal salary by their agency. Taxation, superannuation and other employment conditions continue to apply and are outlined in the Deed of Agreement. The Australian Public Service Commission can provide advice on individual Deeds of Agreement to scholars and agencies.

All Sir Roland Wilson scholars are awarded scholarships in accordance with ANU Conditions of Award.

Scholarship Enquiries
The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation is a partnership between The Australian National University, Charles Darwin University and the Australian Public Service.