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Deep Human History Laureate PhD Scholarship

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The School of History in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences offers two scholarships known as the Deep Human History Laureate PhD Scholarship, to support students while they undertake a PhD in Indigenous Australian history at the Australian National University.

The scholarships are associated with the Rediscovering the Deep Human Past Laureate Program. This research project explores Aboriginal narratives in order to develop a deeper understanding of Australia's pre-1788 history. In order to achieve our research aims, our project methodology will involve holding community workshops, repatriating important stories, and undertaking individual oral history interviews with participants.

Postgraduate students will concentrate on a particular regional Focus Area and will address the recuperation of knowledge from linguistic and museum collections and undertake reconnection and repatriation with custodians in connected landscapes.  Focus Area research and Symposium development will be matched to the particular areas of expertise, interest and networks of the recruit.

Field of study

Australian Indigenous History


The award will be available each year to a prospective student who is:

  • a domestic or international student;
  • enrolling full-time in a program of study for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the School of History at the Australian National University;
  • interested in working closely with Indigenous communities; and
  • is willing to work in an interdisciplinary team and able to travel to undertake fieldwork and attend conferences.

Application periods

Applications Close 31 October 2018.


The scholarship offers a stipend of $31,082 per annum paid fortnightly in arrears.

Successful international candidates will also be awarded an HDR Fee Remission Merit Scholarship, to cover the International Student Fees for the standard duration of the research program, subject to the student being ranked as competitive in a merit‐based selection process.

A recipient is eligible to receive a reimbursement of up to $500 for costs associated with the production of the thesis.

Recipients are also eligible for paid medical, maternity/paternity leave.

How to apply

To apply for a Deep Human History Laureate PhD Scholarship, please submit both:

1. An application for the Deep Human History Laureate PhD Scholarship

2. An application to the Doctor of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences.

Please check the eligibility requirements for both the scholarship and study at ANU, and provide as much information as you can when applying.

To apply for the Scholarship, please complete the online form below, or download and print the PDF application form.

To apply to the Doctor of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences, please visit

Further information

For further information, please contact Ann McGrath, Laureate Professor, or Julie Rickwood, Project Manager.

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