This award provides $10,000 each to two early career researchers*° to undertake research in an area of history that relates to a significant issue of contemporary Australian public policy.

Recipients will receive:

  • $10,000 to fund archival research and other expenses, paid in instalments**
  • Mentoring by senior Deakin historians in the preparation of publications and access to institutional and staff support for DECRA/Alfred Deakin Post-Doctoral Fellowship applications
  • Use of Deakin library resources
  • Attendance with flight and accommodation expenses covered at the 2020 Australian Policy and History conference in Canberra

Recipients must produce:

  • A journal article relating to their research for submission to a highly ranked Australian or international journal with Deakin University affiliation on byline
  • An 800-word opinion piece for publication on the Australian Policy and History website
  • A presentation at the 2020 Australian Policy and History conference in Canberra

Applications are due on Thursday 12 March 2020 and must include:

  • A 1000-word project description, including detail of:
    • how the research will be undertaken (sources, archives, budget etc.)
    • how the research will inform an important issue of Australian public policy
  • CV
  • Supporting letter from PhD supervisor or senior academic

The awards commence on 14 April 2020 and conclude on 18 December 2020.

Email application documents to Carolyn Holbrook by 11.59pm on Thursday 12 March 2020,


Selection Criteria

Project Quality 30%
Has the candidate outlined a coherent and rigorous project, with a well-defined research question and knowledge of historiography and principal themes?

Candidate 30%
Track record of the candidate as gauged by publication record and other factors including public engagement.

Feasibility 20%
Demonstrated timeline and budget for achievement of the project.

Benefit and Collaboration 20%
How does this research inform a pressing issue of public policy? What connections can the candidate demonstrate with relevant external stakeholders, e.g. public service?

* Early career researchers are defined in line with ARC rules assuming DECRA submission in 2022. They must have an award of PhD date on, or after 1 March 2017, or have an award of PhD date together with an allowable period of career interruptions that would be commensurate with an award of PhD date on, or after 1 March 2017. The allowable career interruptions set out and the period allowed for each are in Table 9 of the Grant Guidelines for the ARC Discovery Program (2019 edition).

° The awards are open only to ECRs without continuing positions.

**The award will be paid in instalments subject to the conditions of the award agreement. Applicants will be responsible for any tax liability which may arise from award of the grant. Recipients who are not employees of Deakin University must have an ABN in order to invoice Deakin University.