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New Torres Strait Islander Fellowship!

Now accepting Expressions of Interest for the Ilan Style Fellowship!

The Ilan Style Fellowship

The Ilan Style Fellowship made possible by the generous sponsorship of Professor Kerry Arabena, a former AIATSIS Indigenous Visiting Research Fellow, will provide a Torres Strait Islander scholar, student, or community member the chance to conduct collection-based research at AIATSIS that is relevant to their studies, communities, or families. The Fellowship offers a great opportunity to network and build relationships with AIATSIS, while receiving expert mentoring.

Benefits of the Fellowship:

  • Financial support for travel, accommodation and living expenses.
  • Access to AIATSIS facilities, including workstations, ICT and corporate services support.
  • Assistance from AIATSIS Access and Family History unit in identifying and accessing relevant collection materials.
  • Sponsored attendance at the AIATSIS Summit. 

The Ilan Style Fellowship is underpinned by four pillars:

  • Financial Support for Equitable Access: Torres Strait Islander students embarking on this transformative journey will receive comprehensive financial support, ensuring equitable access, so that they can focus on their archival research in Canberra, without financial barriers.
  • Mentoring: The mentorship framework connects Torres Strait Islander students with seasoned researchers and supports from AIATSIS, fostering growth and understanding. 
  • Capacity Building: Targeted capacity-building strategies empower Torres Strait Islanders with analytical tools to decode archival insights, building a bridge between heritage and contemporary understanding.
  • Disseminating Findings: The Fellowship's impact extends back home to the Fellow’s community and beyond to the world. AIATSIS and Ilan Style will collaborate to ensure that the Fellows' discoveries reach a wide audience, contributing to the collective knowledge tapestry of Torres Strait Islander culture, history, and heritage.

About Professor Kerry Arabena:

A proud Torres Strait Islander woman, Professor Arabena’s unique perspective as a past AIATSIS Fellow infuses the Ilan Style and AIATSIS partnership with authenticity and a personal connection.

Kerry appreciates how transformative such initiatives can be. Her own journey began from countless hours in the AIATSIS library, which led her into academia, then successful business ownership and entrepreneurship - with many other achievements along the way!

Professor Arabena’s story exemplifies the profound impact and ripple-effect of fostering scholarship. And now Professor Arabena is giving back to other students to build her legacy as a proud benefactor.

Ilan Style has the tagline ‘Know. Be. Do’, because sharing and supporting Indigenous ways of ‘knowing, being and doing’ have always been Professor Arabena’s personal purpose.

How to Apply:

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Ilan Style Fellowship are now open, to find out more and apply, visit the link below: 

Expressions of Interest close on Monday 1 April 2024 at 11:59pm (AEDT). 

Selection Process:

A majority selection panel of Torres Strait Islanders will select the Ilan Style Fellow 2024. A rating scale will be used to rate applications against each of the selection criteria.  

AIATSIS relies on the kind support of sponsors and donors like Professor Kerry Arabena from Ilan Style to continue supporting and facilitating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural resurgence. 

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Last updated: 05 March 2024