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New Australian Research Council Cadetship for indigenous Australian researchers.

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Commonwealth Minister for Education, Science and Training

Media Release


12 March, 2002

I am very pleased to announce the introduction of an Australian Research Council Cadetship for Indigenous Australian researchers.

The Research Cadetship provides a salary for up to 2 years of further research for one Indigenous Researcher each year, following the completion of their PhD.

The Research Cadetship will encourage indigenous students and postgraduate researchers. It will also build the research base in areas in which Indigenous scholars are especially active - health, education, management, law, culture and the arts.

The ARC is committed to supporting research training for Indigenous Australians through its Discovery-Indigenous Researchers Development programme. The number of Indigenous researchers undertaking and completing PhDs is increasing. As role models, these excellent researchers inspire Indigenous students to achieve high goals. Indigenous postgraduates and academics actively support and mentor Indigenous students.

The Research Cadetship provides for one or two years full-time employment on an approved project at a salary commensurate with current ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowships. Research Cadets will be eligible to apply for a further three years support as ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellows.

Guidelines for the Cadetship will shortly be available on the ARC website: The Research Cadetship is another of the initiatives the Howard Government has taken to encourage Indigenous Australians to pursue study at a post secondary level. Others include:

• An increase in funding under the Indigenous Support Funding programme, which encourages Indigenous participation in higher education.

• The provision of seed funding to six Indigenous Higher Education Centres (IHECS) to conduct research and promote the development of academic excellence within the Indigenous community.

• The establishment of the Neville Bonner Memorial Scholarship to enable an Indigenous student to undertake Honours in politics or a political science-related field each year.

For further information: Dr Nelson’s office Ross Hampton 0419 484 095

ARC Professor Sue Rowley 02 6284 6650 or 0412 621 187