National Archives of Australia/Australian Historical Association postgraduate scholarships

National Archives of Australia/Australian Historical Association scholarships assist talented postgraduate scholars with the cost of copying records held in the Archives. For example, scholars may be based in one city and want to see records located in an Archives office in another city. Assistance with digital copying costs will provide access to material that might not otherwise be possible.

Terms of awards


The assistance is designed for postgraduate scholars undertaking research towards a Masters or PhD degree in history.


Successful applicants will be known as 'National Archives of Australia/Australian Historical Association postgraduate scholars'.

Successful applicants will receive a credit of $650 to spend on purchasing digital copies of whole files in the Archives' collection. Prices for digital copies of files are set out in Copying charges.

Four scholarships worth $650 each will be awarded annually.


Successful applicants will be required to:

  • request the copies within a year of receiving the award
  • produce a brief finding aid to part of the Archives' collection based on their research within 12 months of receiving the award. This could be in the form of a two-page fact sheet or a short contribution to the Archives' A–Z for researchers section of the Archives' website. The Archives also welcomes proposals for short articles on research topics that appeal to a wider audience for its e-magazine Your Memento.


The Selection Committee will consist of nominees of the Archives and the Australian Historical Association, and such others as they see fit to co-opt, either permanently or on an ad hoc basis. The Committee's decision will be final.

Current recipients

The current recipients of the October 2015 round of the scholarship are:

Catherine Horne, PhD candidate (History), Australian National University
Topic: Modern Voices: Women’s Speech on Australian Radio, 1923-1966

Fallon Mody, PhD candidate (Department of History and Philosophy of Science), University of Melbourne
Topic: The professional lives of European immigrant doctors in Australia, 1930-1960

Former recipients

Former recipients of the scholarship are:

June 2015

Reed H. Chervin, PhD candidate (Modern Chinese History), University of Hong Kong
Topic: Australia and the Sino-Indian War

Mia Spizzica, PhD candidate (Philosophy), Italian Studies, Monash University
Topic: War's Consequences: Italian Civilians Interned in Australia –1940-1946

November 2014

Isobelle Barrett Meyering, PhD candidate, School of Humanities and Languages, University of New South Wales
Topic: Liberating children – the Australian women’s movement and children (1969–1979)

Michael Kilmister, PhD candidate (History), School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle
Topic: ‘Unity in matters of major importance’ – John Latham’s 1934 Eastern Mission and the Australian-British relationship

June 2014

Christoph Ellssel, PhD candidate in Australian history, University of Munich, Germany.
Topic: Opening Asia – The U.S., Australia, and South East Asia under the Colombo Plan

Kong Wai Yan, MPhil Modern Hong Kong history, University of Hong Kong.
Topic: The 1940 Evacuation of British women and children in Hong Kong to Australia

November 2013

Nicholas Ferns, PhD Candidate (History), Monash University.
Topic: The Imaginative Weapon: Australian and U.S. Understandings of Modernisation Theory and its Application in Southeast Asia

John Doyle, PhD Candidate (Politics) La Trobe University.
Topic: The Politics of Telecommunications Policy in Australia, 1967–1997

June 2013

Tiarne Barratt, PhD Candidate (History), The University of Sydney.
Topic: The legal, medical and social normalisation of contraceptive sterilisation in post-war Australia, 1950s-1990s

Jacqueline Stockdale, PhD Candidate (history), James Cook University, Townsville.
Topic: Empty Spaces and Smiling Faces: the New Settlers' League and Australian Immigration

November 2012

Lucy Davies, PhD Candidate (History) at LaTrobe University, Melbourne.
Topic: The movement of Papua New Guineans to Australia in 1935-1975

Steve Marti, PhD Candidate (History), the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.
Topic: Embattled communities: patriotism and identity in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, 1914-1918

June 2012

Janette Bailey, PhD Candidate, School of History and Philosophy, University of New South Wales, Sydney.
Topic: The US Dust Bowl and Australia: a transnational study of the reception and interpretation of an environmental idea

Sarah Burnside, MSc candidate in Economic and Social History, University of Oxford.
Topic: Mineral Booms, Taxation and the National Interest: the 1974 Fitzgerald report

November 2011

Claire Higgins, PhD Candidate (History), Merton College, University of Oxford.
Topic: Controlled generosity? The development of Australian refugee policy, 1975-1985

Laura Stanley, PhD Candidate (History), Victoria University, Melbourne.
Topic: The Australian-American alliance and the Cuban missile crisis

How to apply

Applications must include the following information (it is suggested that applicants structure their application in the same order as the points below):

1 Personal Details

You should provide:

  • name and contact details
  • title of research project
  • curriculum vitae that includes details of noteworthy achievements (for example, previous degrees, professional awards, conference papers or published articles).

2 Research project

Your research proposal should include:

  • title of research project
  • a one to two paragraph summary of the project, including the anticipated form of the completed work (for example, chapter of thesis, journal article, web page, conference paper or creative project)
  • how the project will make use of records held by the Archives, detailing the records you intend to use.

Please note:

Between November 2016 and July 2017, the National Archives will be moving 15 million records to our new preservation facility in Canberra. During this period, access to Canberra-based records will be disrupted. Applications that have identified records in the collection that are held in our state and territory locations (i.e. Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin), will be given priority as access to these records will not be affected during the relocation period.

3 References

We require one written reference that addresses the applicant's:

  • qualifications, ability, achievements and potential
  • quality of previous research.

Submitting the application

There will be two rounds of applications each year.

  • Round 1:
    • Applications open: 1 April
    • Applications close: 30 April (close of business)
    • Awards announced: May
  • Round 2:
    • Applications open: 1 October
    • Applications close: 31 October (close of business)
    • Awards announced: November

Applications should be submitted to:

Executive Officer 
The Australian Historical Association

C/- School of History

Australian National University

9 Fellows Road

Acton ACT 2601 


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