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The University of Sydney is offering scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to study architecture. In addition to studying for a fully-funded three-year architecture degree, the successful scholar will also be part of a dedicated mentoring program and work placement with the University’s Campus Infrastructure and Services unit (CIS).

Professor Michael Tawa from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning observes that students seeking to make an impact in the community show an inclination for law and medicine. However, architecture can also make a transformative change in culture and society.

Describing the scholarship program as a beginning, he hoped that it would attract more Aboriginal students who can bring a different perspective into the practice.

The scholarship supports the University’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Integrated Strategy Wingara Mura-Bunga Barrabugu and is offered through a joint collaboration between CIS and the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.

CIS Director Greg Robinson explained that a complete support framework was being offered to the student to study and get a ‘heads up’ into the profession. With their work encompassing planning, development and maintenance, CIS is well placed to give emerging architects a wide range of experiences, and set them up for their future career.

Applications are now open to 16 January 2016.