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 making digital copies of records held in the Archives available for viewing on the Archives' website. For example, scholars may be based in one city and want to see records located in an Archives repository in another city. Assistance with digital copying costs will provide access online to material that might not otherwise be possible.

Terms and conditions


The scholarship is designed for postgraduate students 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'. Four scholarships are awarded annually.

Recipients will receive a credit of $2277 to spend on purchasing digital copies of whole paper files held in the Archives' collection. The digital images will be made available for viewing online through our collection catalogue, RecordSearch, as part of our digitisation service. Refer to our copying charges for current prices.

During the 12 month period, each scholar will also receive:

  • assistance from a designated reference officer
  • access to original records in the reading room where the records are located, if they choose to
  • priority examination of records that have not yet been cleared for public release. While most examination is completed 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.


Successful applicants will be required to:

  • request their digital copies within 12 months of receiving the scholarship, and
  • 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.

Scholars retain copyright in any work produced as a result of the scholarship, but are required to clear copyright in collection materials where applicable and acknowledge and cite source materials appropriately.


The Selection Committee consists of two representatives from the Australian Historical Association and one representative from the National Archives. The Committee's decision is final.

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

Please provide the following:

  • your name
  • your residential address and contact details
  • the university at which you are enrolled
  • date of enrollment and whether full time 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

Your research proposal should include:

  • the title of your 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 your research project will make use of records held in the National Archives' collection
  • a list of the records you intend to use, listed at item level where possible and including the access status of the items (i.e. Open, Open with exception, Not yet examined)
  • Please note that Commonwealth records held by the Australian War Memorial (AWM) are excluded from this scholarship. These records are identifiable on RecordSearch by the 'AWM' prefix in the series number.

3. Reference

One written reference is required and it is your responsibility as the applicant to ensure that the reference is submitted by the due date. The reference should address your:

  • qualifications, ability, achievements and potential
  • quality of previous research
  • value of proposed research

Submitting an 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: from May
  • Round 2:
    • Applications open: 1 October
    • Applications close: 31 October (close of business)
    • Awards announced: from November

Applications should be submitted to:

Bethany Phillips-Peddlesden
Executive Officer
Australian Historical Association
PO Box 1202
Carlton VIC 3053


Current recipients

Round 2, 2018-2019

Rob Konkel, PhD candidate, Princeton University
Topic: Building Blocs: Raw Materials and the Global Economy in the Age of Disequilibrium

Jessica Stroja, PhD candidate, Griffith University
Topic: From War Zones to New Homes: A Longitudinal study of Refugee Resettlement and Experiences in Queensland

Former recipients

Round 1, 2018-2019

Laura Rovetto, PhD candidate, Victoria University
Topic: Peace Activism, Community Mobilisation: the social and political agency of the Campaign for International Cooperation and Disarmament, 1960-1985

David Saunders, PhD candidate, University of Hong Kong
Topic: Intra-imperial connections: Australia's involvement in North Borneo's post-war reconstruction and colonisation, 1945–63

Round 2, 2017-2018

Kathryn Avery, PhD candidate, Federation University
Topic: An oily stepping stone: Portuguese Timor, Japan and Australian security, 1902-1941

Lea Doughty, PhD candidate, University of Otago
Topic: Military Medicines: military pharmacy and medicine supply to the Anzac forces, 1914-1918

Round 1, 2017–2018

Miranda Francis, PhD candidate in History, La Trobe University
Topic: Why did Mrs 'Smith' send a submission to the Royal Commission into Human Relationships? Family life in 1970s Australia

Holly Taylor, PhD candidate, University of Washington
Topic: Preserving Places That Matter: The Origins of Social Value in Australian Heritage Conservation Policy

Round 2, 2016

Bethany Phillips-Peddlesden, PhD candidate, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne
Topic: Women and Politics: Maternalism, Party Politics and Political Wives

Natalie Fong, PhD candidate (Philosophy), Griffith University
Topic: 'Fresh Off the Boat': Chinese Merchants and Transnational Connections between China, Hong Kong and Australia

Round 1, 2016

Jo Grant, PhD candidate (History), Griffith University
Topic: Internationalism and the ‘Primitive’ during the 1950s: Julian Huxley’s, Arnold Toynbee’s and Clyde Kluckhohn’s Tours to Aboriginal Missions in the Northern Territory

Katherine Roscoe, PhD candidate (History), University of Leicester
Topic: Island Chains: the transportation of convicts to islands around colonial Australia, 1788-1901 

Round 2, 2015

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

Round 1, 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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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