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


Applications for the 2020 Humanities Travelling Fellowships have now closed.

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