The Academy launched The 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.

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.

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 and PhD students 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.

This Fellowship will be tied to the literal return of our ancestors’ skeletal remains, along with strong community-based consultations. I’m sure that the late Professor Mulvaney as a historian and conservationist would support such a project to detail the history of our repatriation narrative but also for our cultural heritage and spiritual restoration.Harry van Issum, inaugural recipient

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Applications for the 2020 John Mulvaney Fellowship have now closed.

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