Humanities Travelling Fellowships

Applications for this year’s Humanities Travelling Fellowships closed on Wednesday 29 March 2017.

The Humanities Travelling Fellowships offer grants of up to $4000 to support Australian early career researchers in the humanities to undertake research overseas. Fellowships are available to permanent resident scholars in Australia working in the humanities and applications are accepted from independent scholars as well as those based in institutions.

The David Philips Travelling Fellowship

One of the Humanities Travelling Fellowships is named after the late Dr David Philips, historian and Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. The David Philips Travelling Fellowship is made possible thanks to a generous bequest to the Academy from his mother, Mrs Joan Philips.

The David Philips Travelling Fellowship is offered biennially, with a value of $4000, and was offered in 2017. Preference is given to proposals that contribute to the advancement of knowledge of racial, religious or ethnic prejudice. Applications from researchers of South African history are particularly welcome; however, researchers with other areas of geographical interest are also encouraged to apply.


Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia, whose principal place of residence is in Australia. Applicants must also be working in the Humanities, defined as those discipline areas for which the Academy is responsible: Archaeology; Asian Studies; Classical Studies; English; European Languages and Cultures; History; Linguistics; Philosophy and the History of Ideas; Religion; Cultural and Communication Studies; and The Arts.

Please see the Rules of the Award and Frequently Asked Questions for further details regarding eligibility.


Applications are assessed by the Academy’s Awards Committee. The proposed projects will be assessed on the rigour of their content, their likely impact within a specialist academic community and the wider community, and their significance to the field of research. Applicants will need to demonstrate a desire to continue in an academic career, and be able to show evidence of progress towards this ambition in the form of at least two refereed journal publications, or the equivalent. In accordance with the goals of the Academy as set out in its Royal Charter, support will be given to projects that advance knowledge in the Humanities.

Notification of Outcome

Applicants will be notified 6–8 weeks after the closing date of the scheme.

Further information

For further information on the Humanities Travelling Fellowships programme, or to subscribe to the Grants Mailing List, please contact the Programme Manager or call the Academy on (02) 6125 9860.
Address: 3 Liversidge Street
Acton, Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: (+612) 6125 9860
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