Charlie Perkins Cambridge Scholarship

Are you interested in pursuing higher education Abroad, with scholarship funds in Cambridge? Then you can look no further than the Charlie Perkins Cambridge Scholarship.  In this article, we will explain the Scholarship program, its benefits and the step-by-step application process.

Charlie Perkins Cambridge Scholarship is available to Masters or PhD applicants from Australia who are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, in any field of study. It is offered in partnership with the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust and Cambridge Australia Scholarships.

The Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust was created to honour Dr Charlie Perkins AO, who was the first Australian Indigenous man to finish university. He was also a talented football player and played for Everton FC in the UK in 1957. His success in sports helped pay for his university education.

In the early 1960s, he helped set up the Foundation for Aboriginal Affairs in Sydney. Throughout his life, he fought for justice for Indigenous Australians, speaking out at all levels of society. He was known as a powerful activist and brave speaker. When he passed away in 2000, thousands attended his State Funeral in Sydney, which was shown on TV across Australia.

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The Trust, along with Cambridge Australia Scholarships and the Cambridge Trust, supports the Charlie Perkins Cambridge Scholarship. This scholarship is for Australian students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage who want to do a Master’s or PhD at Cambridge University in any subject.

Scholarship Summary:

  • Level of Study: Masters | PhD
  • Institution(s): Cambridge University
  • Study in UK
  • Financial coverage: Fully Funded.

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Scholarship Benefits:

The scholarship covers:

  1. University tuition fees
  2. Yearly stipend (enough for one person)
  3. Immigration Health Surcharge
  4. Travel expenses to and from the UK at the beginning and end of the scholarship.

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Charlie Perkins Cambridge Scholarship Requirements:

To apply, you need to be

  • either Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
  • You should also have completed or are about to complete your bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.

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How to apply

Please note that Candidates are nominated by the Charlie Perkins Trust

To ensure that they are considered for this scholarship, applicants must follow both of the following steps:

  1. check with the Charlie Perkins Trust the funding call deadlines and details of the application process, and apply accordingly; AND
  2. apply for admission to the University of Cambridge by the funding deadline specific to their course (please refer to the Postgraduate Course Directory).


To apply and learn more about the Charlie Perkins Cambridge Scholarship, kindly visit:

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