The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation was established in 1998 from a generous endowment provided by the Wilson estate.
The purpose of the Foundation is to advance the study and development of public policy and management within Australia and internationally, and to honour the reputation of Sir Roland Wilson and the legacy he left to the study of economics and public policy.
The Foundation engages in three main activities within the public policy space:
- The Foundation offers two scholarship programs: the SRW PhD Scholarship (established in 2011 in conjunction with the Commonwealth) and the SRW Pat Turner Scholarship (established 2018). These are awarded to high achieving Indigenous and non-Indigenous Commonwealth public servants, enabling them to conduct research on issues of national significance and enduring interest;
- The Foundation hosts public lectures and seminars on topics that are of national significance; and,
- The Foundation develops an interface between the Australian Public Service (APS) and the Australian National University (ANU) by facilitating the exchange of research ideas across the two institutions.
The Foundation will continue to foster the links between the Australian Public Service and the Australian National University through these activities and Alumni engagement. As policy issues become increasingly complex it is vital to have a cadre of senior public servants who have academic credentials as well as extensive policy development experience. Most importantly, these leaders will be able to reinforce the bridge between academia and the public service.
The Australian National University (Sir Roland Wilson Foundation) Statute 2019 establishes the Foundation as a body within the University and provides the overarching governance framework for the Foundation.