Resources

We play a national and international leadership role by providing support for those undertaking Australia-related research. We are passionate about encouraging and producing the next generation of scholars working on Australian related studies. To add an opportunity to this page, please email us.

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Australian Studies in China Online Resource

We were proud to partner with the Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC) on the Australian Studies in China Online Resource (ASCOR) project. The project comprises a series recordings of a series of conversations with leading Australian literary authors on their writings and perspectives on Australia’s modern transformation. Funded by the Public Affairs and Culture Program of the Australian Embassy in Beijing, the interviews represent a unique teaching and research resource for academics, students and wider audiences in China and Australia.

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The E.G. Whitlam Research Fellowship - Whitlam Institute

Running from two to six months, the Fellowship is to be completed within the 2022 calendar year. It will be funded up to the value of $30,000 which can cover a combination of stipend, travel, and accommodation as needed. While a demonstrable interest in the policy agenda of the Whitlam government is desirable, the Whitlam Institute welcomes interest from researchers whose work reflects that legacy; for instance, in social welfare, women’s rights, urban renewal, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, human rights and more. 

Applications close on 5 February 2022.

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2022 black&write! Writing Fellowships - State Library of Queensland

Each year black&write! offers two Fellowships for unpublished manuscripts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers. The winning fellows will each receive $10,000 prize money; manuscript development with black&write!; and a publication opportunity with Hachette Australia. They will be expected to work co-operatively with the black&write! editors through to the completion of their manuscripts.

Applications close on 11 February 2022.

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The Capstone Editing Grant for Mid-Career Researchers

The Capstone Editing Grant for Mid-Career Researchers provides up to A$5,000 of seed funding for one researcher per year to undertake an innovative research project. The expectation is that the research project will gather preliminary data and lead to the development of a research council funding application. The grant can be used to cover any costs related to the research project, such as software or small lab equipment; domestic or overseas travel to learn new techniques or collaborate with colleagues; academic editing of the grant proposal; and data analysis.

Applications close on 24 February 2022.

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The Eric Fry Research Grant

Every year the Grant offers a $1,000 payment to an honours or postgraduate student to complete a thesis on a labour or social history related theme, making use of the Noel Butlin Archives Centre at the ANU in Canberra. The Canberra Region Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH) and AuSI are co-sponsors of this grant.

Applications close on 31 March 2022.

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Sir Roland Wilson Scholarship

The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation, ANU, offers three year full pay scholarships to high performing EL1 and EL2 Australian Public Service employees to complete a PhD on a topic of national significance at ANU. Sir Roland Wilson scholars and alumni build connections between academia and the Australian Public Service, and drive the development of evidence-based public policy.

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Sir Roland Wilson Pat Turner Scholarships

The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation, ANU, offers 1-3 year full pay postgraduate scholarships to high performing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian Public Service employees from APS 4 to Senior Executive Service Band 1. These scholarships develop research, analytical and leadership skills, and support scholars to study topics of national significance and strategic importance to the Australian Public Service at either ANU or Charles Darwin University.

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Academic appointments

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

Each year Harvard University appoints a distinguished scholar to the Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies. Persons wishing to be considered should submit an application through the Harvard ARIeS system here. Applications will be accepted until September with a final notification being made in February the following year.

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BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University

This senior position is based in the School of International Studies at Peking University in Beijing. The Australia-China Council of the Australian Government created the BHP Chair of Australian Studies in collaboration with Peking University in 2011 to facilitate the growth of the study of Australia within Chinese tertiary institutions in China. The appointment is for up to two years.

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Annual Visiting Professor of Australian Studies, Centre for Pacific and American Studies at the University of Tokyo

The Visiting Professorship in Australian Studies was created in 1999 by the Centre for Pacific and American Studies, The University of Tokyo, to promote a deeper understanding of Australia and its regional engagement. The position is supported by the Australia-Japan Foundation. The Visiting Professor in Australian Studies is required to teach at undergraduate and graduate levels; to present conference papers; to conduct research; and to participate in promoting Australian Studies within Japan. The appointment is for a period of approximately 10 months.

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Keith Cameron Chair of Australian History at University College Dublin

In 1985 the Keith Cameron Professorship of Australian History was endowed by the Commonwealth of Australia and the family of Dr Tony O'Reilly. Keith Cameron was a distinguished Australian mining engineer and company director. 

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Prizes and Grants

Mike Smith Student Prize for History of Australian Science or Australian Environmental History

The Australian Academy of Science, through its National Committee for History and Philosophy of Science, partners with the National Museum of Australia to award the Mike Smith Student Prize every second year. A cash prize of $3000 is awarded for original unpublished research undertaken whilst enrolled as a student (postgraduate or undergraduate) at any tertiary educational institution. Minor prizes may be awarded at the examining panel’s discretion.

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Co-Lab Honours Grant

The Co-Lab Honours Grant offers $8,000 in funding for exceptional students to focus on leading research projects with real life impact, greatly enhancing their student experience and career opportunities. Grants are available to students undertaking a research project during their Honours year that aligns with ASD research interests including the following fields: Mathematics; Engineering; Computer Science; Linguistics; Statistics; Psychology; Sociology; Languages.

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The Capstone Editing Grant for Mid-Career Researchers

The Capstone Editing Grant for Mid-Career Researchers provides up to A$5,000 of seed funding for one researcher per year to undertake an innovative research project. The expectation is that the research project will gather preliminary data and lead to the development of a research council funding application. The grant can be used to cover any costs related to the research project, such as software or small lab equipment; domestic or overseas travel to learn new techniques or collaborate with colleagues; academic editing of the grant proposal; and data analysis.

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AAANZ 2021 Research in Focus Prize

The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand is pleased to offer an opportunity for current and recently-completed PhD students to share their research and be considered for the $1,000 prize supported by Taylor and Francis. The Research in Focus Prize first ran in 2020. The winner and shortlist can be viewed here: Research in Focus Winner and  Highly Commended 2020.

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The Eric Fry Research Grant

Every year the Grant offers a $1,000 payment to an honours or postgraduate student to complete a thesis on a labour or social history related theme, making use of the Noel Butlin Archives Centre at the ANU in Canberra. The Canberra Region Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH) and AuSI are co-sponsors of this grant.

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ANU Freilich Project Early Career Research Small Grants Scheme

The ANU Freilich Project offers up to three grants of $5,000 each to emerging scholars to assist research into the causes, the histories and the effects of ethnic, cultural, religious and sexual bigotry and animosity. Applications are open to all Early Career Researchers and PhD Scholars working in Australian tertiary institutions, public sector employees, community sector employees and people undertaking private research.

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Australian Academy of the Humanities Awards

The Australian Academy of the Humanities offers a series of prestigious grants and awards to foster and promote the highest quality humanities research and support the next generation of scholars and practitioners. 

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Australian Historical Association

The Australian Historical Association administers a range of prizes and awards annually and biennially. The Association is proud of their partnership with the National Archives of Australia to offer scholarships to postgraduate students, and the Copyright Agency to offer postgraduate bursaries associated with their annual conference and an ECR mentorship scheme.

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Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes honour excellence in research & innovation, leadership, science engagement, and school science. Applications normally close mid-May.

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CHASS Australia Prizes

The Australia Prizes honour distinguished achievements by Australians working, studying, or training in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) sector, including academics, researchers, practitioners, philanthropists, policy makers, and students. Applications normally open in March and close in June. Recipients are announced in October.

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Donna Coates Book Prize

The Donna Coates Book Prize (named after a leading scholar of Australian, Canadian, and Aotearoa New Zealand Studies) is administered by the Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand Studies Network (ACNZSN). It is awarded annually to a monograph published by an Early Career Researcher and/or someone who has published their first book, that looks at least two countries of the focus of the network, i.e. Australia and Canada or Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand. Submissions normally close on 31 December each year.

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InASA Publication Subsidy

The International Australian Studies Association (InASA) Early Career Research (ECR) Publication Subsidy Scheme assists early career researchers working in Australian Studies. Applications normally close on 30 June of each year.

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Stanner Award

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Stanner Award is presented biennially to the best academic manuscript written by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander author. The next Stanner Award will be presented in 2021. The Award is open to all Indigenous authors, scholars and academics, however submissions must not be under consideration by other publishers or simultaneously entered in to other awards, and no more than twenty per cent of the submission previously published.

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State Library of Queensland Awards

The State Library of Queensland offers a suite of fellowships, awards and residencies annually. 

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International Relations Grants Program Australia-Indonesia Institute 2021

The objectives of the Australia-Indonesia Institute 2021 grant program are: increase public awareness of Australia in Indonesia, and of Indonesia in Australia, and the importance of the bilateral relationship; develop partnerships in areas of shared interest in the bilateral, regional and global context; and increase Australians’ capacity to effectively engage with Indonesia. Priority areas include: economic resilience, health, science and technology, business engagement, language and Indonesian Studies, and arts and culture.

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International Relations Grants Program Australia-ASEAN Council 2021

The objectives of the Australia-ASEAN Council 2021 grant program are: increase public awareness of Australia in Southeast Asia, and of Southeast Asia in Australia, and the importance of the multilateral relationship; develop partnerships in areas of shared interest in the bilateral, regional and global context, and increase Australians’ capacity to effectively engage with Southeast Asia. Priority areas include: economic resilience, health, business engagement and language, arts and culture.

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Criminology research grants

These support policy-relevant research in the area of crime and criminal justice. Applications that address any of these subjects are welcome: coercive control within abusive intimate relationships, overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system, or sexual offence victim/survivor experience of the criminal justice system. Organisations or collaborative teams may apply.

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Fellowships

2022 black&write! Writing Fellowships - State Library of Queensland

Each year black&write! offers two Fellowships for unpublished manuscripts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers. The winning fellows will each receive $10,000 prize money; manuscript development with black&write!; and a publication opportunity with Hachette Australia. They will be expected to work co-operatively with the black&write! editors through to the completion of their manuscripts.

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The E.G. Whitlam Research Fellowship - Whitlam Institute

Running from two to six months, the Fellowship is to be completed within the 2022 calendar year. It will be funded up to the value of $30,000 which can cover a combination of stipend, travel, and accommodation as needed. While a demonstrable interest in the policy agenda of the Whitlam government is desirable, the Whitlam Institute welcomes interest from researchers whose work reflects that legacy; for instance, in social welfare, women’s rights, urban renewal, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, human rights and more. 

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Lockie Fellowship - University of Melbourne

The Lockie Fellowship, offered by The University of Melbourne, provides up to $15,000 and research support for up to four writers undertaking an original creative or critical project which advances the study of literature within Australia. Eligible applicants will be assessed on how their project will best advance literature within Australia, including the project's literary merit and the research intentions of the applicant. Preference may be given to proposals that foreground one of the following topics: the environment, the human and non-human, creativity, empathy, pandemic studies, science, race, migration, protest, and community.

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ANU Humanities Research Centre Fellowships

The Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University (HRC) offers a Visiting Fellowship program annually. The main scheme provides travel to and from Canberra, and accommodation for up to 3 months. As one of Australia’s prime gateways to humanities scholarship throughout the world, the HRC promotes advanced research in and across the humanities through their annual Visiting Fellowship Program and a range of conferences, workshops, seminars, and symposia that it supports and hosts under an annual theme.

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Australian Parliamentary Fellowship

The Australian Parliamentary Fellowship provides support to an early career scholar to research and write a monograph for publication. The research must relate to the way Parliament functions, the way senators and members operate, or examine how a broad issue in national politics is dealt with in the Parliament. The Fellowship is offered periodically and is of flexible duration (up to six months full-time with provision for part-time or broken periods of employment).

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Dahl Fellowships: Eucalypt Australia

Dahl Fellowships honour the memory of Bjarne K Dahl. They provide an opportunity for talented and deserving Australians to undertake a project related to eucalypts that is not readily fundable elsewhere. Fellowships of up to $25,000 will be awarded to individuals for projects that advance the conservation, education or research of eucalypts. Priority areas for fellowships are not limited to, but include: art and literature; development of eucalypt education resources, including indigenous cultural resources; and conservation initiatives. There is usually one Fellowship awarded each year, and submissions normally close in August.

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Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice

These Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for mid-career health services researchers and practitioners from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom to spend up to 12 months in the United States, conducting original research and working with leading U.S. health policy experts. 2022–23 Program Update: The 2022–23 Harkness Fellowship application will be open June 30 through November 1, 2021, for qualified individuals from France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom.* The application can be accessed here beginning June 30, 2021.

* Due to the pandemic, for 2022–23 applications from Australia or Canada will not be accepted. 

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National Library of Australia Fellowships

Offers researchers an opportunity to undertake a three month residency at the Library. Applicants may work in any field or discipline where the Library’s collections have appropriate depth and breadth to support the desired outcomes. Funded Fellowship receive an honorium of AUD $1,000 per week for 12 week, accommodation support, travel support. National Library Fellowships may be awarded to researchers working in any field or discipline. The intensive research enabled by the Fellowships can focus on Australian or international collections, with a view to creating publications or other public outputs, including curatorial projects or other research outcomes.

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National Library of Australia: Creative Arts Fellowships for artworks and writing

Creative Arts Fellowships offer a $10,000 grant to support writers and artists to spend four weeks in the National Library of Australia developing an artistic concept, artwork or body of work inspired or informed by the NLA collections. Two Fellowships are available:

  • Creative Arts Fellowship – Using the NLA collection to complete an artwork or body of work.
  • Creative Arts Fellowship for Australia Writing – Using the NLA collection to complete a new creative work in any literary genre.

Applications close in July of each year, with Fellows commencing in February of the following year.

State Library of New South Wales Fellowships

The State Library of New South Wales offers a number of prestigious and competitive fellowships to support the study, writing and teaching of Australian history and culture. Applications usually close in July of each year, with fellowships to take place the following year.

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Queensland Memory Awards Fellowships

The Queensland Memory Awards (State Library of Queensland) are dedicated to supporting researchers of all kinds to interpret the collections of the John Oxley Library. Through deep engagement and interaction with the collections, these interpretations provide new insights into the collection and contribute new knowledge about Queensland’s history. There are a number of Fellowships offered annually under the Queensland Memorary Awards program.

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Australia Council for the Arts Fellowships

Australia Council Fellowships of $80,000 support outstanding, established artists’ or arts professionals’ creative activity and professional development for a period of up to two years. Fellowships are awarded in the following areas: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, for which applicants must be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander individuals; community and cultural development; dance; emerging and experimental arts; literature; music; theatre; and visual arts. 

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Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships

Sir Roland Wilson Scholarship

The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation, ANU, offers three year full pay scholarships to high performing EL1 and EL2 Australian Public Service employees to complete a PhD on a topic of national significance at ANU. Sir Roland Wilson scholars and alumni build connections between academia and the Australian Public Service, and drive the development of evidence-based public policy.

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Sir Roland Wilson Pat Turner Scholarships

The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation, ANU, offers 1-3 year full pay postgraduate scholarships to high performing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian Public Service employees from APS 4 to Senior Executive Service Band 1. These scholarships develop research, analytical and leadership skills, and support scholars to study topics of national significance and strategic importance to the Australian Public Service at either ANU or Charles Darwin University.

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BHP Australia China Scholarships

The Scholarships have been established to encourage and assist students and young professionals to pursue specialised study, research and experience in priority areas of interest in the bilateral Australia-China relationship. Applicants must have completed or be about to complete an undergraduate degree from an Australian or Chinese university and be planning to undertake postgraduate study at a Chinese university no later than in the calendar year following the year of the Applicant’s Scholarship award. The Scholarship can have a value of up to A$60,000 per annum and may be payable for up to three years, depending on the successful applicant’s course of study.

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BHP David Walker Scholarship in Australian Studies

The Scholarship can have a value of up to A$60,000 per annum and may be payable for up to three years, depending on the successful applicant’s course of study. The scholarship is structured to reimburse accepted Scholars for tuition and designated expenses, up to a capped amount. Applicants must be Australian citizens or have been granted Permanent Residency at the time of application. Applicants for the BHP David Walker Australian Studies Scholarship may be citizens of the People’s Republic of China. Applicant can be planning to study at a university in the People’s Republic of China or Australia for the BHP David Walker Australian Studies Scholarship.

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National Library of Australia Summer Scholarships

The National Library of Australia Summer Scholarships program supports PhD students who require access to the Library’s collections to assist their postgraduate research. Up to six scholarships are available. Scholars usually spend six weeks at the Library, over the Summer. Applications usually close mid-year.

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The Minoru Hokari Scholarship for fieldwork

The Minoru Hokari Memorial Scholarship has been established in honour of the pathbreaking scholar and inspiring colleague, Minoru Hokari (1971-2004) who made outstanding contributions towards ‘cross-culturalising' historical practice and towards developing a respectful collaborative research strategy with Indigenous Australians. The scholarship of $5,000 is intended to assist a postgraduate student to conduct research in Australian Indigenous history.

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