The Sir Robert Menzies Indigenous Mentoring Fellowship is a partnership between the Menzies Foundation and the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS), a residential transition school for Indigenous students from remote
and regional communities.
Valued at $20,000 for one year, the Fellowship enables a young Indigenous leader to provide essential mentoring, peer support and cultural connection to
MITS students, whilst undertaking their own study. Fellows help to create catalytic change for some of Australia’s most disadvantaged students and
MITS provides transitional learning and home-style, safe accommodation to 22 Indigenous girls and boys from far-north Northern Territory and Victoria who are at the beginning of their secondary education.
The students go to school inside the Richmond Football club, where they study an intensive curriculum focused on numeracy and literacy. They are supported
to focus on their studies and get used to living in the city in an environment that celebrates their identity and culture. At the end of their MITS
year, the students move into scholarship positions at high-performing partner schools in Melbourne.
MITS has identified Indigenous mentoring and cultural support of its students as being critical to the success of its model. The students are grounded in their language, customs and culture, while supported to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the mainstream system.
Each year the Menzies Indigenous Mentoring Fellowship is awarded to a young Indigenous person (aged between 18 and 25 years) who is currently studying
and has first-hand experience of the rewards and challenges associated with transitioning from a remote or regional community to a city school.
The Fellowship recognises leadership and provides opportunities for recipients to further develop their leadership skills through education and governance training. At the same time, Fellows support the growth of other future leaders – MITS students – through shared pathways and experiences, positive role modelling and the embrace and support of Indigenous culture and identity.
The Menzies Indigenous Mentoring Fellowship is valued at $20,000 for one year. This includes $15,000 paid to the Fellow, and up to $5,000 (including travel and accommodation costs) for their participation in leadership opportunities, or other opportunities for development. The Fellowship is administered by MITS.
Visit MITS to find out how to apply.