Summer Scholarships at the National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia offers annual summer scholarships to tertiary students.  These scholarships are made possible through the generosity of the family of the late Norman McCann (a former National Library Council Member), and of John and Heather Seymour.

The summer scholarships were established to support younger scholars undertaking any research which can be supported by the Library’s collections.  Preference for Norman McCann Scholarships will be given to those working in the disciplines of Australian history, Australian literature, librarianship, archives administration or museum studies. Preference for Seymour Scholarships will be for those undertaking biographical research.

The scholarships are tenable for a period of six weeks commencing on the first working day of January each year.

Who can apply?

The scholarships are open to tertiary students who have commenced postgraduate study and are under the age of thirty at 31 December in the year of their application. Applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent residence. Preference will be given to applicants who would otherwise find it difficult to use the Library’s collections for reasons such as geographic distance from Canberra.

What are the benefits of a Summer Scholarship?

The Scholarship provides support for the early stages of a research project. Scholars have privileged access to the Library’s materials and facilities, as well as sustained interaction with many of its staff.

What assistance is offered?

Scholarship holders will receive an honorarium of $300 per week plus twin share accommodation with breakfast included, at University House at the ANU for the six-week duration of the scholarship. A return economy class air fare from the scholarship holder’s home within Australia will also be provided.

Expected outcomes

Summer scholars are expected to write a short report and to give a presentation on their research achievement and experience at the Library. The scholarship holder will be encouraged to write a short article on their research suitable for publication in National Library of Australia News. The summer scholar will also be asked to deposit a copy of their thesis, other publication or subsequent research outcome arising from their scholarship with the Library.

Selection criteria

  1. Capacity of the National Library’s collection to support the proposed research
  2. Academic record of the applicant as shown in transcript of academic record and quality of written work submitted
  3. Referee reports

Applications are now open and close on 30 September 2011. No late applications will be considered. Application results will be notified by early December 2011.

Further information:

Phone: + 61 (0)2 6262 1529
Fax: + 61 (0)2 6273 5081
Email: fellowships@nla.gov.au