New opportunity:

new scholars seminar

The 2015 international Digital Humanities conference is being held in Australia for the first time – at the University of Western Sydney in late June. As part of the pre-conference events, a new scholars seminar seeks to bring together researchers new to the digital humanities. The seminar is being run by The Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI), centerNet and UWS and there are 5 bursaries for Australian and New Zealand residents to help with the costs of transportation and accommodation to the seminar in Sydney.   Preference will be given to applicants from centres that are members of the ACHRC. Follow the application instructions at http://dh2015.org/new-scholars-seminar/ or contact Tully Barnett for more information.




This site aims to provide up-to-date information for Australian researchers working in Humanities-related fields of inquiry. The opportunities listed below are open to Australian citizens or permanent residents interested in obtaining grants, fellowships, postdoctoral positions, awards and prizes both in Australia and overseas. To visit the Early Career Researchers email list click here.

Funding Opportunities: Australia

Research Grants: Australia

Australia-China Science and Research Fund

Group Missions

Australian Research Council (ARC)

Linkage Projects 

Discovery Projects

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award 

Australian Academy of the Humanities

Publications Subsidy Scheme The Academy ‘s Publication Subsidy Scheme provides support of up to $3000 for the publication of subsidy works of high quality in the humanities. Preference will be given to Australian humanities scholars in the early stages of their careers.

Crawford Medal nominations are now open. This is Australia’s most prestigious award for achievement and promise in the humanities. It is presented to an Australian-based early-career scholar working and publishing in the humanities, whose publications contribute towards an understanding of their discipline by the general public. More information is available on the Academy’s website.

McCredie Musicological Award. This award is granted on the basis of work which leads to outstanding contribution in musicology. Recipients need to be Australia-based, and their work must have been conducted in an Australian university.  Nominations for this award will not be open until 2015-2016.

Humanities Travelling Fellowships The Academy’s Humanities Travelling Fellowship scheme provides support of up to $4,000 to enable early career researchers to undertake research overseas, including accessing archives and other research materials and connecting with international researchers and networks.

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AITSIS)

Australia International Cultural Council (AICC)

Fulbright Scholar Program 

The Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Awards for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.

Research Grants by Institution

Australian Catholic University

Australian National University (ANU)

Bond University

Charles Sturt University

Curtin University

Deakin University

Edith Cowan University

Flinders University

Griffith University

James Cook University

La Trobe University

Macquarie University

Monash University

Murdoch University

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)


Southern Cross University

Swinburne University

University of Adelaide

University of Ballarat

University of Canberra

University of Melbourne

University of New England (UNE)

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

University of Newcastle

University of Notre Dame

University of Queensland

University of South Australia (UniSA)

University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

University of Sydney

University of Tasmania

University of the Sunshine Coast

University of Western Australia (UWA)

University of Western Sydney

University of Wollongong

Philanthropic and Arts Grants

Accelerate: Indigenous Australian Creative Leadership Programme

ACMP Projections, The Pool Grant 

American Express Cultural Heritage, Leadership & Community Service “Inquiries for funding are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis throughout the year. ”

Arts ACT Fund

Arts NSW

Arts NT

Arts Queensland (many grants and closing dates)

Arts SA

New Commissions and Exhibitions 
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Arts Development 
Independent Makers & Presenters 
Contemporary Music (various grant, various rounds and closing dates)
Community Arts Development 
Public Art & Design (various grant, various rounds and closing dates)
Richard Llewellyn Arts & Disability Trust 
Industry Development (contact Arts SA for closing dates)
Arts Facilities & Equipment 
Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature (various awards)

Arts Tasmania

Assistance to Organisations 
Small Museums and Collections program 
Premier’s Arts Partnership fund applications open all year
Aboriginal Arts Fund
Artsbridge applications open all year
Assistance to Individuals
Artsbridge connect applications open all year
Start-up grants: For Young Artists
Arts and Disability 

Arts Victoria (various closing dates)

Asialink Arts

Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) (various grants, initiatives, and closing dates)

Australia-China Council

Australia Council for the Arts (various grants, initiatives and closing dates)

Australia-India Council

Australia-Indonesia Institute

Australia International Cultural Council

Australia-Japan Foundation (various initiatives and closing dates)

Australia-Korea Foundation

Australian Government Arts and Culture

Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance (AGIEI)
Community Heritage Grants (National Library of Australia) 
Contemporary Music Touring Program 
Playing Australia 
Visions of Australia 
Contemporary Touring Initiative (consult Visions of Australia deadlines)
Festivals Australia

Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Emerging Writers Grants

British Council ‘Realise Your Dream’ program

Festivals Australia

Government of WA, Department of Culture and the Arts

All Art Forms, Development grants
All Art Forms, Distribution & Marketing
All Art Forms, Artflight close last Friday of every month
All Art Forms, Creative Development Fellowships
Artist in Residence Grants
Contemporary Music Grants

Ian Potter Foundation

Arts Grants
Travel & Conference Grants
The Australian Book Review Ian Potter Foundation Editorial Internship

NT Film Office grants

Philanthropy Australia

Screen Australia (Multiple grants for film, documentary, television, indigenous programs, marketing;various closing dates)

Screen NSW

Screen Tasmania

Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships

South Australian Youth Arts Board (Carclew) (Various grants for people aged 26 and under; various closing dates)

Theatre Works (St Kilda) (Submit a proposal to Theatre Works to be considered for inclusionTheatre Works SELECTED WORKS Season or IN THE WORKS Program.

Fellowship Opportunities

AGL Shaw Summer Research Fellowships, State Library of Victoria (for Victorian residents enrolled in undergraduate, honours or postgraduate study)

ANU Centre for European Studies Visiting Fellowships

ANU Humanities Research Centre Visiting Fellowship Program,

ARC Fellowships

Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA)
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
Australian Laureate Fellowships
Future Fellowships

Australian Academy of the Humanities, Humanities Travelling Fellowships 

Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship

Australian National Internships Program

Australian Prime Ministers Centre at the Museum of Australian Democracy Fellowships

Australian Religious History Fellowship, State Library NSW

C.H. Currey Memorial Fellowships, State Library NSW

Churchill Fellowships, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. For Australians to travel overseas for research purposes.

David Scott Mitchell Memorial Fellowship, State Library NSW

Dr Joseph Brown AO Fellowship, State Library of Victoria

Georges Mora Foundation Fellowship, State Library of Victoria

Harold White Fellowships, National Library of Australia

H.C. Coombs Creative Arts Fellowship, ANU

James Sykes Battye Memorial Fellowship, State Library of WA

Japan Fellowship, National Library of Australia

John Oxley Library Fellowship, State Library of Queensland

John David Stout Research Fellowship, University of Wellington, New Zealand

La Trobe Society Fellowship, State Library of Victoria

Nancy Keesing Fellowship, State Library NSW

National Archives of Australia Research Fellowships

National and State Libraries Australasia and Library Council of NSW Honorary Fellowships, State Library NSW

National Centre of Biography Fellowships

National Folk Fellowships, National Library of Australia

National Library of Australia Fellowships

Ray Koppe Young Writers Residency (For writers under the age of 30)

Redmond Barry Fellowship

Religion, Church & Missions Fellowship, State Library NSW

State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowships

Varuna Fellowships for Writing Retreats

Varuna Publisher Fellowships

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Bill Cowan Barr Smith Library Fellowship (For postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers; applications)

University of Western Australia Re-entry Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

International Funding Opportunities

Research and Arts Grants – International

Australia-Malaysia Institute Grants (The Australia-Malaysia Institute (AMI) provides financial support to selected projects which aim to promote and enhance bilateral links between Australia and Malaysia.)

ERC: European Research Council (ERC grants are open to all nationalities in all research areas including social sciences and humanities, with particular on emphasis on the frontiers of science, scholarship and engineering. In particular, proposals of an interdisciplinary nature which cross the boundaries between different fields of research, pioneering proposals addressing new and emerging fields of research or proposals  introducing unconventional, innovative approaches and scientific inventions are encouraged, as long as the expected impact could be significant.)

ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant
ERC Advanced Investigators Grant
ERC Proof of Concept Grant

European Commission EURAXESS (lists PhD, postdoctoral and fellowship opportunities within Europe)

Forum for European-Australian Science and Technology cooperation (FEAST) (Includes Humanities-based opportunities)

The Getty Foundation Residential Grants (USA) (Open to international scholars.)

Gladys Krieble Delmas Grants (For travel to and residence in Venice.)

International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives Grants

MacArthur: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (USA) (Support for Digital Media and Learning)

National Endowment for the Humanities (USA)

Theodora Bosanquet summer residence grant for History / English Literature women graduates (London, UK)

Fellowships – International

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany)

Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (Doctorate completed less than 12 years ago)

Fraunhofer-Bessel Award (Researchers from non-European countries with doctorates completed less than 18 years ago)

Reimar Lüst Award for International Scholarly and Cultural Exchange (Outstanding humanities scholars and social scientists from abroad who, as multipliers in and through the field of academic studies, have made an exceptional contribution to the enduring promotion of bilateral relations between Germany and their own countries, are eligible to be nominated for the Reimar Lüst Award for International Scholarly and Cultural Exchange.)

American Council of Learned Societies (Various fellowships available to non-US residents)

American Philosophical Society (Most grants are for US citizens but international applicants can apply for funding for humanities projects based in the US.)

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Fellowships (Yale University)

Bellagio Center Residential Fellowships (The Rockefeller Foundation)

British Academy Visiting Scholars Fellowships

Center for the History of Collecting in America: Scholars’ Program (Frick Collection)

Charles Pick Fellowships (University of East Anglia, Creative Writing)

Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships (Harvard University) (Residential fellowships in three areas of study: Byzantine Studies including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, Western medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern studies, Pre-Columbian Studies.)

Folger Shakespeare Library Research Fellowships (USA)

Go8 European Fellowships **This fellowship is designed to bring European ECRs to Go8 institutions in Australia, not to send Australian researchers to Europe**

Go8-DAAD: Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme

Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowships in the Humanities (University of Texas)

Huntington Library Fellowships (Various short term and long term fellowships;

International Institute for Asian Studies Fellowships (Netherlands)

Leon Levy Center for Biography Fellowship (CUNY)

National Humanities Center (USA) (Applications open to non-US residents)

Oxford University Visiting Research Associate Scheme (Christ Church, Merton College and St John’s College)

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowships (Harvard University) (Research and creative fellowships)

Stanford Humanities Center (USA)

External Fellowships
International Scholars Visiting Fellowships
Arts Practitioners/Writers Fellowships

Winterthur Research Fellowship Program (USA)

Postdoctoral Fellowships – International

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (Germany) Applications open all year

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania (USA)

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Stanford University (USA) 

Churchill College, Murray Edwards College, Selwyn College and Trinity Hall Joint Application Scheme for Junior Research Fellowships, Cambridge University (UK)

Columbia University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Database (Primarily lists fellowships from non-Columbia sources. Anyone interested in consulting the database is welcome to do so.)

Cornell University Graduate School Database

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University

Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Villa I Tatti),

Hindle Fellowship in the History of Technology (USA),

Newberry Library (Chicago)

Long-Term Fellowships
Short-Term Fellowships
Special Awards and Fellowships

Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts Postdoctoral Fellowships (Princeton University)

UCLA Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies Postdoctoral Fellowships


Scholarships, Awards and Prizes

Adelaide Graduate Centre Postgraduate Scholarships

Albert J. Beveridge Award (The American Historical Association Award for American History)

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Sofja Kovalevskaja Award (Germany)

The Sofja Kovalevskaja Award allows you to spend five years building up a working group and working on a high-profile, innovative research project of your own choice at a research institution of your own choice in Germany.

A.O. Capell Scholarship, Stella Mary Langford Scholarship & Henry James Williams Scholarship, Melbourne University

ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions: Change Program Scholarships (University of Adelaide) Applications ongoing

Australian Book Review Awards

Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay
Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize 
Peter Porter Poetry Prize

Australian Prime Ministers Centre Summer Scholarships 

Cecile Parrish Memorial Scholarship for Research Excellence in English Literature, Monash University. Awarded approximately once every three years, for full time Masters or PhD scholarship to undertake research in English literature.  

Center for the Art of East Asia, University of Chicago (visiting scholar status)

Charlie Perkins Scholarships (two scholarships for Indigenous postgraduates to study at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge for up to three years)

Charles Allan Seymour Hawker Memorial Scholarship (Postgraduate study at University of Cambridge)

Dobbie Literary Award recognises a first published work from an Australian female writer.

Fryer Library Award

University of Queensland award, aims to provide successful applicants with institutional support at The Library to undertake research in Australian literature, history and culture utilising the collections of the Fryer Library.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships (postgraduate study and research at the University of Cambridge)

General Sir John Monash Scholarships 

George L. Mosse Prize (American Historical Association award  Cultural History of Europe since the Renaissance) 

Getty Foundation Library Research Grants 

HarperCollins Varuna Awards for Manuscript Development

Hazel de Berg Award for Excellence in Oral History Biennial award.

Italian Australian Institute Scholarships for Honours or postgraduate students

J. Russell Major Prize (American Historical Association award for French history)

James Henry Breasted Prize (American Historical Association award for any field of history prior to CE 1000) 

Jean Arnot Memorial Fellowship/Prize (State Library of NSW)

The fellowship will be awarded to a female librarian or female student of librarianship for an outstanding original paper of no more than 5000 words on any aspect of librarianship.

Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in Women’s History (American Historical Association award)

John E. O’Connor Film Award  (American Historical Association award for Historical films) 

John H. Dunning Prize (American Historical Association award for US history) 

John K. Fairbank Prize (American Historical Association award for East Asian history) 

Joint Academic Scholarship Online Network (JASON)

Up-to-date source for Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Scholarships & Prizes; primarily postdoctoral and/or graduate level.

Kathleen Mitchell Award for Young Writers

Biennial award for authors aged 29 years or less at the time of their book’s first publication.

Kerouac Project Residencies

Provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums.

Kibble Literary Award

Recognises the work of an established Australian female writer.

Lemmermann Foundation Scholarship

Leo Gershoy Award (17th – 18th century western European history)

Magarey Medal for Biography 

Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship

Max Afford Playwrights’ Award

Melbourne University Rae & Edith Bennett Travelling Scholarships (postgraduate study in the UK)

Melbourne University Sir Arthur Sims Travelling Scholarship (postgraduate study in the UK) 

Merewether Scholarship (State Library of NSW)

Miles Franklin Literary Award  Applications open until December

MLA Publication Awards and Biennial Prizes (Multiple prizes; see website for deadlines)

Monash University Library Fellowships

Morris D. Forkosch Award (British, British Imperial, or British Commonwealth history)

Summer Scholarships at the National Library of Australia 

National Biography Award (Australia)

Penguin Varuna Development Scholarship

Portia Geach Memorial Award 

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

Primio Del Rey Award (Spanish history)

Rhodes Scholarships 

Thelma Afford Award  Costume Design Award Currently on hold

Victoria University Alumni Awards

Visiting Professor opportunities

Visiting Professor in Australian Studies at The University of Tokyo

Getty Library Research Grants

Provide partial, short-term support for costs relating to travel and living expenses to scholars whose research requires use of specific collections housed in the Getty Research Institute.

Eligibility: Library Research Grants are intended for scholars of all nationalities and at any level who demonstrate a compelling need to use materials housed in the Research Library, and whose place of residence is more than eighty miles from the Getty Center. Projects must relate to specific items in the library collection.

Terms: Library Research Grants are intended to provide partial support for costs relating to travel and living expenses. Grants range from $500 to $2,500, depending on the distance travelled.