Humanities Travelling Fellowships

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 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.

Applications for the David Phillips Travelling Fellowship will open in 2019.

“My Travelling Fellowship allowed me to follow the ideas – literally, to travel with notions of sovereignty in their itinerant path out of Central European empire and into the bloodstream of international law and order. Trans-regional and multi-site research takes time and resources, and the grant enabled a crucial international chapter in my research.” Dr Natasha Wheatley, 2016 recipient
“My Travelling Fellowship, which took me to the prints and drawings room at the British Museum, was a formative experience that helped to shape what has been an 8-year project on the role of eighteenth-century arts and print culture in shaping our modern conceptions of suicide.” Dr Eric Parisot, 2010 recipient


Fellowships are available to permanent resident scholars in Australia working in the humanities. Applications are accepted from independent scholars as well as those based in institutions. Other eligibility criteria includes:

  1. 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.
  2. Interdisciplinary work is encouraged, provided it includes a substantial proportion of work in the Humanities.
  3. Applicants must be working on a project that requires work outside Australia for its completion or significant advancement.
  4. 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.
  5. Fellows of the Academy, recipients of previous awards under this programme and its antecedents, and postgraduate students are ineligible.
  6. The Academy will accept one (1) resubmission from a previously unsuccessful applicant in respect of the same project.
  7. Applicants must submit a complete application in order to be assessed for eligibility.
  8. The Awards Committee’s decision upon the eligibility of an application shall be final.

Key criteria: 

  1. Applications will be assessed on the rigour and significance of the research, its likely impact within a specialist field, and its potential to engage and/or benefit the wider community.
  2. Applicants will need to demonstrate the relevance of the project to their career development and be able to show evidence of this in the form of at least two refereed journal publications, or the equivalent.

Refer to the rules of the award for full details. 

How to apply

Applications are now open and will close AEST 5:00pm April 4, 2018

Before applying, please review the rules of the award for eligibility, selection criteria, information required, conditions and frequently asked questions. 

All nominations are to be made via our online application system.