Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship in Cultural Competence

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Sponsored by the National Centre for Cultural Competence (NCCC) at the University of Sydney, this new Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship in Cultural Competence will give an Australian citizen the opportunity to undertake postdoctoral research in the United States in 2015.

The NCCC is the cornerstone of the Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu (“Thinking path to make tomorrow”) strategy promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation throughout the University. It has been established to provide leadership, training and research and to foster cultural competence within the University, the community and across international boundaries.

The Fulbright program gives scholars – and the institutions that host them – the opportunity to develop partnerships through mutual understanding, educational and cultural exchange.

This partnership approach is central to the University’s commitment to its national and international engagement, teaching and research profile. “The essence of cultural competence is having the ability to think, thrive, work and communicate ethically and effectively in spaces where there is more than one culture in play," says the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services), Professor Shane Houston.

Created for researchers who have completed their PhD in the past three years, the Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship in Cultural Competence offers numerous personal and professional benefits, and provides the opportunity for recipients to build the NCCC’s visibility within Australia and the US.

This scholarship will enable the successful applicant to undertake up to 10 months’ research in the US, plus a two-month residency at the NCCC on their return.

The NCCC is pleased to announce that the 2015 Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship in Cultural Competence has been awarded to Dr Stephane M Shepherd of Swinburne University. Dr Shepherd will collaborate with scholars from the University of California Los Angeles, the University of Arizona and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to explore the relationship between cultural engagement and desistance from crime for Aboriginal people in custody. You can read more about Dr Shepherd and his research on his Fulbright profile.

Visit the Fulbright Commission website for more information on this scholarship opportunity

For guidelines or to find out more about the Fulbright application process, visit the Fulbright application information site

To enquire about your eligibility for this scholarship, please contact Dr from the Australian-America Fulbright Commission on 02 6260 4460.

For more information about the National Centre for Cultural Competence, please contact Professor Shane Houston, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) on 02 9036 6181.