The Academy is delighted to announce the launch of the inaugural John Mulvaney Fellowship in 2019.

This award honours the outstanding contribution to Humanities scholarship, the Academy and the cultural life of the nation of one of our longest serving Fellows and former Academy Secretary John Mulvaney AO CMG FBA FSA FRAI FAHA.

In keeping with Professor Mulvaney’s deep commitment to Indigenous people and cultures, The John Mulvaney Fellowship is an award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early career researchers working in any area of the humanities. The recipient of the John Mulvaney Fellowship will receive $4000 towards undertaking research or fieldwork in Australia or overseas, including accessing archives and other research materials and connecting with researchers and networks.

Applications for the John Mulvaney Fellowship are now open and will close on 5pm AEST Wednesday 22 May 2019.

Fondly known as the “father of Australian Archaeology”, John Mulvaney was an acknowledged world-leader in the field of hunter-gatherer archaeology and a passionate defender of Australia’s heritage and the rights of its Indigenous peoples. He not only introduced Australian prehistory into the tertiary teaching curriculum, but also fundamentally changed the way archaeological fieldwork was practised in Australia.

Eligibility & how to apply

Applications for the inaugural John Mulvaney Fellowship are now open and will close 5pm AEST Wednesday 22 May 2019.

Please review the Guidelines prior to applying.

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Fellowship conditions

  • The Fellowship is valued at a maximum of $4,000 and is to be used to support outstanding research and/or fieldwork in Australia or overseas, including accessing archives and other research materials and/or to connect with researchers or networks.
  • Funds may be spent on economy class travel, accommodation, living and research expenses. Other expenses deemed necessary by the applicant must be identified in the budget and approved by the Awards Committee.
  • Fellowships are not available to attend conferences or to enrol in any course of study, although conference attendance incidental to research activity will not be penalised.


Key eligibility requirements:

  • The John Mulvaney Fellowship supports Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the successful applicant will be required to confirm their eligibility when they accept the conditions of the award.
  • Applicants must be Citizens or Permanent Residents of the Commonwealth of Australia, whose principal place of residence is Australia.
  • Applicants must hold a PhD and in the early stages of their careers, which will be determined, inter alia, by how recently a PhD was conferred. In normal circumstances it should have been conferred no more than five years prior to the closing date for applications.
  • Applicants must be working in the Humanities, defined as those discipline areas by which the Academy is structured – 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. Applicants working on projects in Indigenous Studies; Digital Humanities; and Environmental Humanities will also be eligible to apply.
  • Interdisciplinary work is encouraged, provided that it includes a substantial proportion of work in the Humanities.
  • Applications will be accepted from independent scholars as well as those working in institutional settings.
  • Postgraduate students are ineligible for this award.
  • Recipients of an Australian Academy of the Humanities’ Humanities Travelling Fellowship offered by this Academy are ineligible.

Selection criteria

Applications need to address the following criteria:

  • Rigour and significance of the research, its likely impact within a specialist field, and its potential to engage and/or benefit the wider community.
  • Demonstrated relevance of the project to their academic career development and be able to show evidence of this through either traditional or non-traditional research outputs.

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