Lisa Bellear Indigenous Research Scholarship 2018 -Victoria University with the Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit are offering a research scholarship to a promising Indigenous Australian researcher wishing to undertake a graduate research degree.

VU recognises that Indigenous Australians are under-represented in graduate research studies and encourages qualified Indigenous applicants to undertake their research studies at VU. This scholarship provides a living allowance stipend of $35,000 per annum and a tuition-fee exempt place at Victoria University.

Lisa Bellear, 1961 – 2006

Lisa Bellear was a Goernpil woman of the Noonuccal people of the Minjerribah, Queensland.  She was a poet, photographer, activist, dramatist, comedian, broadcaster and academic.  She lost her mother and connection to her family when she was only weeks old and overcame some of her personal grief and loss through her “adoption” into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Victoria, particularly the Harding family.  She traced her ‘biological’ family and went on to be an accomplished, caring and strong woman.  Lisa was passionate about social change, she was always participating and contributing to campaigns and protests and always out on the streets with her camera.

Lisa wrote a book of poetry Dreaming in Urban Areas (UQP, 1996), graduated from The University of Melbourne in Social work, was a founding member of the Ilbijerri Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Theatre Co-operative, the oldest Indigenous Theatre company in Australia, was employed as an academic at The University of Melbourne, LaTrobe University and Victoria University.  An avid photographer, Lisa took thousands of photographs over many years while she engaged in Aboriginal politics. She read at literary festivals, pubs and conference across Australia and was published in literary journals, newspapers and anthologies.  She broadcast on 3CR in the Not Another Koori Show for more than 20 years.

She was a friend, colleague and staunch supporter of the Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit and her skills and expertise are carried on through the VU graduates that she taught and mentored in the Bachelor of Education/Arts (Nyerna Studies) program.

Lisa herself best summed up the demands and gift of her poetry: 

“You can allow your eyes and heart to see.  See the injustice, cruelty; and you can also hear the laughter and the love.”

Applications are invited from candidates:

who meet the minimum academic entry requirements for a graduate research degree at Victoria University
who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
who are able to commence their enrolment in Semester 1 2018.

How to apply

Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 30 November 2017.

Complete the online application form (external link).

Further information

For further information please contact:

Karen Jackson
Director, Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit
Phone: +61 3 9919 2836 (reverse charge calls accepted)