Pat Turner Higher Degree Research Scholarship


The Sir Roland Wilson (SRW) Foundation Pat Turner scholarship (Higher Degree Research) provides high performing Indigenous Australian Public Service (APS) employees a 2-3 year full pay scholarship at ANU to undertake research on topics of national significance

Field of study

The scholarship is available for all Higher Degree Research programs at ANU that addresses a research topic of national significance and strategic importance or immediate relevance to specific agencies, or the APS more broadly.


Applicants must:

  • be a substantive APS 4 to SES Band 1 level Indigenous employee;
  • have at least three years' service in APS; and
  • have been admitted to a Higher Degree Research program at ANU.


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 completing a PhD program have access to an international travel stipend of up to $40,000. All scholars also have access to a professional development fund of up to $5,000 over the course of the scholarship.

How to apply

Scholars must have received a full letter of offer for their chosen ANU Higher Degree Research program before being able to apply for this scholarship.

Further information

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