CfA: Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University

Wednesday 21 July 2021

The application process for 2023-2024 is now open. 

Harvard University seeks to appoint a distinguished scholar to the Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Persons wishing to be considered should submit an application through the Harvard ARIeS system here.

Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2021

Final notification will be made by the end of February 2022. 

The Australian Nominating Committee encourages applications from outstanding Australians in mid-career as well as those further advanced.

It also strongly encourages applications from women and under-represented groups. The Committee reserves the right to invite particular persons to accept nomination.

Shortlisted candidates will be identified by the Australian Nominating Committee for final review and appointment by the Harvard Committee on Australian Studies.

About the Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies

The Visiting Professorship in Australian Studies was established by a gift from the Australian Government to Harvard in 1976, in commemoration of America's Bicentennial, "in order to maintain such teaching, research and publication as will help to promote awareness and understanding of Australia in the United States of America."

Since that time, Harvard has invited distinguished visiting scholars, on an annual basis, to hold the Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard. The holder of the Chair presents courses and seminars on topics related to Australia and its culture. 

Over the past 35 years, the Chair has been occupied by some of Australia’s most outstanding intellectuals. View the list of Former Chairs.

In 2010, the Chair was renamed in recognition of the two prime ministers who, from opposite sides of politics, brought to fruition this important initiative.

Incumbents of the Chair ordinarily hold the title of Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Visiting Professor of Australian Studies and reside at Harvard for the full academic year (August through May).

For more information, visit Havard University's Committee on Australian Studies.

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