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.

Applications for the next round of Humanities Travelling Fellowships will open in February 2019.

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 Monday 25 February and close  5:00pm AEST Monday 15 April 2019.

Please review the Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions prior to applying. 

“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

Eligibility & how to apply

Applications for the 2019 round of Humanities Travelling Fellowship and the David Philips Travelling Fellowship will open Thursday 28 February and close 5:00pm AEST Monday 15 April 2019.

Please review the Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions prior to applying.

Fellowship conditions

  • Each Fellowship is valued at a maximum of $4,000, and is to be used to support outstanding research overseas, including accessing archives and other research materials and/or to connect with research teams or networks.
  • Funds may be spent on economy travel, accommodation, living and research expenses. Other expenses deemed necessary by the applicant must be identified in the budget in the application form 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.
  • Successful applicants will be required to submit an invoice for the amount granted to the Academy by 30 June 2019 to ensure the expedient payment of funds.


Key eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be Citizens or Permanent Residents of the Commonwealth of Australia, whose principal place of residence is Australia.
  • 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.
  • Interdisciplinary work is encouraged, provided 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.
  • Applicants must be working on a project that requires work outside Australia for its completion or significant advancement.
  • 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.
  • Fellows of the Academy, recipients of previous awards under this program and its antecedents, and postgraduate students are ineligible.
  • The Academy will accept one (1) resubmission from a previously unsuccessful applicant in respect of the same project.

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.

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