Our Publication Subsidy Scheme supports quality scholarly publication in the humanities. Subsidies of up to $3000 are awarded to early career researchers to support costs associated with publication, such as illustrations, maps, editorial work and copyright fees.

Since 1970 the Scheme has supported over 300 scholars.

We also offer The Sir Frederick and Peter White Fund – a $500 subsidy to support archaeological publications. Applicants can apply to the Fund for a stand-alone subsidy or in addition to the maximum $3000 available through the Publication Subsidy Scheme. The Fund runs every four years and will be open again in 2022.

The Subsidy provided welcome, much-needed support for my monograph. Communicating my passion for, and knowledge of, the history of editorial practice to a global community not only was a privilege but also has resulted in invitations to collaborate with international scholars.

Jocelyn Hargrave, 2019 recipient
A history book about women playing football (soccer) is a tough sell, with funding often awarded to more experienced researchers with higher profiles and for topics that are known to be strong sellers. The Scheme was crucial to our publication and richer for it.

Fiona Crawford, 2019 recipient


Recognising the considerable disruptions to work and personal life caused by COVID-19 we have 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. The publication to be subsidised should focus on a topic 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. The Academy will accept one (1) resubmission from a previously unsuccessful applicant in respect of the same publication.
  7. Recipients may receive funding under this scheme not more than twice in their careers.
  8. Monographs are preferred to edited collections. However, edited collections that demonstrate a clear scholarly achievement or relevance will be considered.

Ineligible publications

  • Second and later editions.
  • Festschriften collection of writings published in honour of a scholar.
  • Publications for which the publisher is able to make provision for author’s royalties or other upfront payments.
  • Works of a purely commercial nature. The Academy only supports works of a scholarly nature.

Selection criteria

  • Academic rigour.
  • Likely impact within a specialist academic community.
  • Potential to advance knowledge of the humanities within the wider community.

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