Eric Fry Labour History Research Grant

Image via Canberra Museum and Gallery: Noel Butlin Archives (behind the scenes)
Image via Canberra Museum and Gallery: Noel Butlin Archives (behind the scenes)

The Canberra Region Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH) and the Australian Studies Institute (AuSI) at the Australian National University are co-sponsors of the Eric Fry Labour History Research Grant. 

We invite students doing an honours or postgraduate thesis of at least 10,000 words to apply for a $1,000 grant to do research at the Noel Butlin Archives Centre (NBAC) based at ANU in Canberra.

The NBAC is the largest non-government archives in Australia, and holds an unrivalled collection of trade union and business records, along with the personal papers of many left wing and labour movement activists.

The Eric Fry Labour History Research Grant was established in 2004 to assist promising students with an interest in labour or social history to overcome the financial obstacles to doing research in Canberra. The ASSLH administers the grant and makes the payment to the successful applicant. The grant honours the memory of Dr Eric Fry (1921-2007), an ANU historian and founding member of the ASSLH in 1961.

AuSI is proud to sponsor the Eric Fry Labour History Research Grant.

Applications for the Eric Fry Research Grant usually close each year on 31 March.

For details on how to apply, see the Eric Fry Labour History Research Grant standard criteria.

Previous scholarship holders

2021 Vashti Fox, University of Western Australia for research on PhD chapter 'May Day Mayhem: The Cold War and the Communist Party's antifascism'

2021 special encouragement awards: Due to the strength of the applicants in 2021, AuSI also sponsored two special encouragement awards:

  • Eleanor Foster (ANU): who is researching the movement and mobilisation of Aboriginal material culture from the Hunter into European centres of commerce, exchange, and calculation; and
  • Ewan McPherson (ANU): who is investigating the opposition to Australia’s participation in the Vietnam War, and in particular the role of the trade unions in the anti-war movement.

2020 Not awarded due to Covid-19 disruption

    2019 Rhys Williams, Australian National University, British socialist thought on Australia 1880-1914

    2018 Jack Crawford, Adelaide University,  the 1894 shearers strike in NSW.

    2017 Geraldine Fela,  Australian National University, the response of the Australian Nurses Federation to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s

    2015 Andrew DeMayo, University of Notre Dame Australia, use of visual propaganda by the US and Australian IWW from 1905-18.

    2014 Liam Byrne, University of Melbourne, Labor at war; the political culture of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Labor Party, 1914-1921.

    2013 Brendan McGloin, Victoria University, ‘The factory occupation’

    2012 Alexis Vassiley, University of Western Australia, ‘Trade union support for Aboriginal rights during the Noonkanbah dispute, 1979-80’

    2011 Scott Stephenson, Australian National University, ‘The relationship between the Australian Workers’ Union and Lang Labor between the two world wars’

    2010 Lian Jenvey, University of Sydney, ‘Nationalism and the Australian labour movement during World War II’

    2007 Graham Burke, Australian National University, ‘Australian trade union policy on Aboriginal issues, post-World War II’

    2005 William Newland, University of Melbourne, ‘Archbishop Mannix and the Great Depression’

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