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The Australian National University

Visiting fellowships

As a core part of its mission, throughout the year the HRC welcomes several visiting fellows from around the world pursuing research projects in the Humanities. The HRC interprets the ‘Humanities’ generously. As well as supporting scholarship in traditional Humanities disciplines, its visiting fellowship programs encourage and support interdisciplinary and comparative research both within and beyond the Humanities. As members of the scholarly community at the HRC, visiting fellows make valuable contributions to its intellectual life, and to the intellectual life of the broader university community.

Each year, a theme is chosen which inspires and informs research activity within the HRC. This theme is not intended to constrain, but, interpreted imaginatively, to foster collaboration between scholars from diverse fields and backgrounds. The HRC offers fellowships with grants to cover travel (up to $AUD3,000) and accommodation in Canberra to applicants working on projects connected to the annual theme. Applications for these are due each year in April for fellowships tenable in the following calendar year. Fellowships are from 6 to 12 weeks, with preference given to periods of longer duration. (Shorter and longer periods of tenure may be considered in special circumstances.)

Applicants must have an institutional affiliation with a University or with an equivalent research organisation, and generally have at least a higher research degree or equivalent professional experience, research, and publications. The HRC aims to appoint fellows engaged in innovative research of a high calibre, and to select a mixture of early career scholars as well as more established researchers, and to achieve a gender balance. For details of the theme for 2017, and details of the application process and eligibility requirements, see [LINK]

The Centre also welcomes enquiries at any time from scholars wishing to use the facilities of the Centre and to contribute to its intellectual life during periods of research leave. These awards normally would not provide financial assistance.

All visiting fellows receive an office within the Centre, access to its facilities, and to the resources of the ANU library and the National Library of Australia. Residence in Canberra also offers enviable access to national and indigenous archives and to a variety of the nation’s cultural institutions. Fellows are encouraged to forge connections with other Australian universities and the HRC can assist in their negotiating assisted travel within Australia.

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Updated: 22 March 2016/ Responsible Officer:  Head, HRC / Page Contact:  HRC administration