The National Archives of Australia/Australian Historical Association Scholarship helps postgraduate scholars with their research costs.
Students use the scholarship to request digital copies of records for viewing on the National Archives' website.
For example, scholars based in one city can access records at a National Archives' repository in another city. They don't have to travel to access this material.
Terms and conditions
The scholarship is designed for postgraduate history students doing research towards a master's degree or PhD.
Successful applicants are acknowledged as 'National Archives of Australia/Australian Historical Association postgraduate scholars'.
We award 4 scholarships a year, giving each recipient $2375 credit towards digitisation of whole paper files from our collection.
Recipients view the digital images via our collection catalogue, RecordSearch, as part of our digitisation service.
The credit is based on current prices for our copying charges.
During the 12-month period, we also give each scholar:
- a designated reference officer to help them
- access to original records in the research centre where the records are held, if they choose to visit
- priority for examination of records not yet cleared for public release
While we complete most examinations within a month, it may take up to 90 business days and sometimes longer to examine some files. We will let you know if there are delays. Read more about access to records under the Archives Act.
Please note that we exclude Australian War Memorial's (AWM) Australian Government records from this scholarship. These records have an 'AWM' prefix in the series number on RecordSearch.
You must make your digital copy requests within 12 months of receiving your scholarship.
You must also produce a brief 'finding aid' to part of the National Archives' collection based on your research within 12 months of receiving the award. We will give more information and advice on this process once we award you the scholarship.
You retain copyright in any work you produce as a result of the scholarship. You must clear copyright in collection materials where it applies and acknowledge and cite source materials as needed.
2 representatives from the Australian Historical Association and 1 representative from the National Archives select recipients. The committee's decision is final.
How to apply
To apply, provide the following information using the structure below:
1. Personal details
- your name
- your home address and contact details
- the university you attend
- enrolment date and whether full- or part-time
- a curriculum vitae that includes details of noteworthy achievements — for example, previous degrees, professional awards, conference papers or published articles
2. Research project
- title of your research project
- a 1 to 2 paragraph summary of your project, including how you plan to share and publish your completed work — for example, chapter of thesis, journal article, web page, conference paper or creative project
- how your research project will use National Archives' records
- a list of the records you intend to use — listed at item level where possible — including the access status of the items (i.e. Open, Open with exception, Not yet examined)
We require a written reference by the due date. The reference should address your:
- qualifications, ability, achievements and potential
- previous research quality
- proposed research value
Submitting an application
We have 2 application rounds each year.
- Applications open: 1 April
- Applications close: Close of business 30 April
- Awards announced: from June
- Applications open: 1 October
- Applications close: Close of business 31 October
- Awards announced: from December
Send applications to:
Australian Historical Association
PO Box 1202
Carlton VIC 3053