Release type: Media Release


Opening up a world of learning opportunities


Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck
Minister for Tourism and International Education
Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment

Hundreds of Australian and international students will undertake a highly prized international study experience with today’s announcement of the Australian Government’s Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships for 2016.

Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are significant study opportunities that promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and our neighbours.

“These scholarships will support 500 international students to study in Australia and 198 Australian students to further their skills and knowledge overseas while building their international awareness.

“This includes ten recipients who will undertake an Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship which is made possible through financial support from the Cheung Kong Group.

“The Australian Government recognises the importance of international education to Australia’s ongoing social, cultural and economic growth. It also generates important people-to-people links that underpin Australia’s research, trade, investment and social engagement with the world.

“Earlier this year we released the Draft National Strategy for International Education which sets a detailed course for sustainable and continued growth in Australia’s world-class education system.

“Part of our vision for a world-class education system is increasing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students - it is encouraging to see indigenous student Emma Lee of Tasmania has received a Fellowship to study in Spain.

“Emma, who studies at the University of Tasmania, is currently investigating how Aboriginal and other Tasmanians can work together to promote shared approaches to conservation.

Senator Colbeck also highlighted the achievement of Katherine Benfer from the University of Queensland who was awarded the prestigious Endeavour Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship.

“The scholarship will enable Ms Benfer to carry out Post-Doctoral research in Bangladesh at Shishu Children’s Hospital in the area of cerebral palsy rehabilitation therapies for children.

“She will utilise her established clinical and research skills to contribute positively towards individuals who are disadvantaged within society, in particular reducing the burden of disability in low-resource settings.

Applications for the 2017 Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship round open in April 2016.

View the 2016 recipients online at