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Fellowships awarded to outstanding Indigenous researchers.

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Fellowships Awarded to Outstanding Indigenous Researchers

22 March 2007

The Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, today announced that four outstanding Indigenous scholars have been awarded Fellowships to carry out research at leading universities and research institutions in the Asia-Pacific in 2007.

The inaugural Endeavour Research Fellowships for Indigenous Australians provide $25,000 to high-achieving Indigenous Australians to carry out four to six months research in a participating country in the Asia-Pacific region.

“These Fellowships will provide international experiences for high achieving postgraduate or early career Indigenous researchers. The Fellowship recipients will carry out valuable research, contribute significantly to the Indigenous community on their return, and forge ongoing links with international institutions,” Minister Bishop said.

The 2007 Fellowship recipients will undertake a broad range of research:

• Dr Denis Foley will undertake Postdoctoral research in New Zealand examining Indigenous entrepreneurship in Maori communities; • Mrs Lesley Woods will complete research in New Zealand towards a Masters degree examining the revitalisation of endangered Indigenous

languages; • Mr John Evans will travel to New Zealand to complete research towards a Doctorate degree investigating rugby union coaching and its practice in the

socio-cultural context (sport is often a crucial factor in retaining young Indigenous people in education); and • Ms Denise Groves will undertake research in India towards a Doctorate degree examining the role of art in Indigenous societies.

The Endeavour Programme is an internationally competitive and merit-based scholarship programme that brings high achieving students, researchers and professionals from around the world to Australia for study, research or professional development. The Programme enables Australians to do the same abroad.

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