Antonio Sagona Scholarship

This scholarship supports costs associated with overseas travel for a graduate research student focusing on Near Eastern archaeology.

Applications open

13 Feb 2023

Applications closed

17 Apr 2023

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $5,000

Applicable study areas

Historical, philosophical, political and social studies

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be enrolled in graduate study focussing on Near Eastern Archaeology within the Classics and Archaeology program in the Faculty of Arts; and,
    • be planning to undertake overseas travel directly related to graduate research.

    Selection criteria

    The scholarship will be offered to a student who demonstrates:

    • the relevance of the overseas placement to their intended research;
    • the quality and feasibility of the submitted research plan;
    • academic merit; and,
    • the skills, experience and aptitude required to carry out the proposed project as evidenced by the application.
  • Application process

    Eligible applicants must complete the online application form including:

    • details of your proposed travel overseas;
    • a 300-500 word proposal describing how you would use this scholarship, how it would positively impact your academic work and outlining how overseas travel is relevant to your graduate research;
    • an indicative budget;
    • at least one academic reference;
    • a current statement of results; and,
    • any other information which may assist the committee in making its decision.
  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email.

  • About the donor

    Antonio and Claudia Sagona

    The Antonio Sagona Scholarship is generously supported by an in-memoriam gift from a group of donors, in particular, Dr Claudia Sagona and members and friends of the Sagona family.

    Emeritus Professor Antonio (Tony) Sagona AM (1956–2016) was born in Libya in 1956 and emigrated to Australia as a small boy with his family, who settled in Williamstown. From an early age he was fascinated by the ancient world, a passion that would eventually lead him to the history department of the University of Melbourne as an undergraduate in 1974. There, his potential was recognised, and his talent fostered and he quickly moved through the ranks of senior lecturer and associate professor to become full professor in 2006, and finally emeritus professor in 2017. Over three decades, he conducted archaeological excavations in Turkey and Georgia. Tony was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London) in 2004 and of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2005. In 2013, he was made a member of the Order of Australia.

What are the benefits?

Up to $5,000.

Recipients are required to:

  • accept the award online within 21 days of receiving their offer letter;
  • submit the relevant travel documents;
  • use the funds to travel overseas within 12 months of awarding; and,
  • submit a final report.


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