Our Humanities Travelling Fellowships offer grants of up to $4000 to support Australian early career researchers in the humanities to undertake research overseas.

Since 1985 we have supported more than 150 early career researchers to access overseas archives and other research materials and connect with international researchers and networks.

The chief objectives of the fellowships are: to promote research which advances knowledge in the humanities, to assist in the career development of promising ECRs, and to increase and strengthen alliances between Australian and overseas researchers and 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. 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. The David Philips Fellowship will be offered again in 2021. 

The Academy provided funding to assist with my travel to Ethiopia, London and Princeton, USA. The Fellowship was instrumental in ensuring my project go ahead and I intend to develop the networks I established into future research collaborations.
Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes, 2019 recipient
The Humanities Travelling Fellowship I received assisted my career goal of communicating cutting-edge and high-quality knowledge about urbanism and urban history to academic, professional and broader audiences in Australia and overseas.
Yichi Zhang, 2018 recipient


Recognising the considerable disruptions caused by COVID-19, Fellowship recipients can travel up to 31 December 2021.

We have also extended the deadline for our 2020  grants and awards to 5.00pm AEST Friday 5 June.

Please review the rules and frequently asked questions prior to submitting your application via our online system.


  1. Applicants must be Citizens or Permanent Residents of the Commonwealth of Australia, whose principal place of residence is Australia.
  2. Applicants must be 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.
  3. Applicants must 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.
  4. Interdisciplinary work is encouraged, provided it includes a substantial proportion of work in the Humanities.
  5. Applications will be accepted from independent scholars as well as those working in institutional settings.
  6. Applicants must be working on a project that requires work outside Australia for its completion or significant advancement.
  7. Fellows of the Academy, recipients of previous awards under this program and its antecedents, and postgraduate students are ineligible.
  8. The Academy will accept one (1) resubmission from a previously unsuccessful applicant in respect of the same project.
  9. Applicants must submit a complete application in order to be assessed for eligibility.
  10. The Awards Committee’s decision upon the eligibility of an application is final.

Selection criteria

  • Rigour and significance of the research.
  • Likely impact within a specialist field.
  • Potential to engage and/or benefit the wider community.
  • Relevance of the project to their academic career development.

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