ANU Australian Studies Institute 2023–24 Visiting Fellowship Program

Promoting the study of Australia and developing research collaborations.

The ANU Australian Studies Institute (AuSI) Visiting Fellowship Program brings early and mid-career researchers to the ANU campus to conduct and share research that promotes the study of Australia or transnational and comparative research involving Australia.

This Fellowship opportunity is for scholars of all academic disciplines who are based in Australian and overseas academic institutions.

First Nations scholars and scholars from Asia-Pacific are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applications for the 2023-24 Visiting Fellowship Program closed on Wed 14 June 2023. 

Value and Benefits:

Each Visiting Fellow will be provided with:

  • AUD$5,000 (domestic-based) and AUD$9,000 (international-based) maximum allowance in costs towards economy-class travel and accommodation in Canberra;
  • An ANU office space with computer and printing facilities;
  • ANU Library borrowing privileges;
  • Access to ANU facilities and events.

Fellowship Themes:

Fellowship proposals for the 2023-24 Visiting Fellowship Program must relate to one of the following themes:

  • Innovation
  • Democratic participation and prosperity
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Global environmental sustainability
  • First Nations traditional knowledge


  • Applicants must have at least a higher degree or equivalent professional experience, research and publications.
  • Institutional affiliation to a University or equivalent research or cultural organisation is required.
  • Fellowships are for early to mid-career academics (as a guide, this can be considered equivalent ANU Level B – D
  • Fellowships are open to Australian (non-ANU) and international researchers.

ANU values equity and diversity and is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all.


There are currently two fellowship periods open:

  1. August – December 2023
  2. February – July 2024

The minimum fellowship period is 30 days and the maximum period is 60 days.

Number of Fellows:

Up to four domestic-based Fellowships and up to six international-based Fellowships will be awarded for the Fellowship period August 2023 - July 2024.  The selection committee reserves the right to vary this as needed, if funding allows.

Selection Criteria:

The selection criteria that the committee will consider include:

  1. An outline of the research to be undertaken during the Fellowship, including how it relates to one of the Fellowship Themes
  2. The innovation and scholarly significance of the project
  3. Relevance to the mission of the ANU Australian Studies Institute
  4. Connections with research being undertaken at ANU (including existing or potential collaborations), which ANU academics you want to collaborate with, and any longer-term collaboration plans
  5. Proposed research outputs to be achieved as a result of the Fellowship
  6. Other related activities to be undertaken during the Fellowship

NB: The selection committee will pay particular attention to how strongly you outline why you want to come to ANU specifically to complete your Fellowship. Applications may include short letters of support from existing or intended ANU research collaborators, although this is not a requirement.


  • The duration of the Fellowship is a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of 60 days.
  • Fellows are expected to be based full-time at ANU for the duration of the Fellowship.
  • It is the Fellow’s responsibility to ensure they have the correct visa and travel insurance required for their stay.
  • Fellows are responsible for securing the approval of their institution to undertake the Fellowship. Fellows must provide a letter from their institution supporting their visit to ANU before travel is booked.
  • Fellowships must be commenced within the period nominated by the Fellow, and approved by the selection committee, unless otherwise approved.
  • Fellows are encouraged to engage and participate in the collegial research culture across ANU including participating in AuSI and ANU events and seminars.
  • Fellows agree to comply with all lawful directions and professional standards of ANU
  • Within two months of completing their Fellowship, Fellows will provide AuSI with a report outlining their research activities and outcomes from the Fellowship. Report content may be published on the AuSI website and included in the annual report.

Decisions will be announced in July 2023.  



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