Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Students
The Faculty of Arts has a rich tradition of supporting the study of Indigenous Knowledge.
We wish to acknowledge the Kaurna people, the original custodians of the Adelaide Plains and the land on which the University of Adelaide campuses at North Terrace, Waite, Thebarton & Roseworthy are built.
The Faculty has a strong cohort of students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait (ATSI) backgrounds, who participate in our faculty at Foundation/Diploma level as well as Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies. We are also proud to be the faculty that produced Australia's first Indigenous Rhodes Scholar, Rebecca Richards.
Support for ATSI Students
The Faculty of Arts, in partnership with Wirltu Yarlu, provides one-off and ongoing support to students during their time at the University of Adelaide.
The Faculty of Arts office is a great place to start for any issues relating to your study, such as:
- Enrolment and course selection
- Advice about dropping or adding courses
- Credit applications
- Transfer advice
- Study abroad/exchange opportunities
- Taking a break from study
- Graduation and degree completion
- Indigenous Student Mentor
Mr Grayson Rotumah is the Indigenous Student Mentor in the Faculty of Arts. He has a Diploma in Aboriginal Studies in Music and a Bachelor of Arts (Contemporary Music).
Grayson is the Program Head and also lectures in the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM), part of the Elder Conservatorium of Music and is involved in various University Indigenous committees.
Grayson can be contacted via email or by phone at 8313 5795.
- Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme
ITAS is a specialised tutorial program established as part of a Commonwealth government initiative to enhance the educational outcomes for Indigenous people.
Students in their first year of tertiary study are especially encouraged to make use of this service, although it is available to all Indigenous students at any level. There is no cost to the students for this service.
For more information visit the ITAS page.
We offer some unique scholarship opportunities for Indigenous students, and those undertaking studies in fields related to Indigenous Knowledge:
- The SANTOS Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Scholarships - for ATSI students undertaking a Bachelor of Arts specialising in Anthropology
- C M Mountford Bequest PhD Scholarship - for PhD students researching within the field of Anthropology of Indigenous Peoples of Australia
- Natasha Stott Despoja Scholarship - for female students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts
There are also a variety of University wide scholarships available specifically to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students (search type of scholarship).
If you feel a little overwhelmed by the idea of completing a scholarship application, our Indigenous Student Mentor listed above can help you with it!
- ATSI Courses
The Faculty of Arts offers an Indigenous Knowledges and Society major and minor.
- Gender, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Ms Jennifer Caruso is the Director: Gender, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI) in the Faculty of Arts, as well as Lecturer in Aboriginal Histories in the School of Humanities.
Jenni has a strong background in addressing equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples both within the University and in the broader community and is committed to equity for all people.