Australian Maritime Archaeological Conservation Scholarship

This scholarship, worth $15,500 per year, is a top-up scholarship for a graduate research student to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), in the field of Australian Maritime Archaeological Conservation.

Application type

No application is required. You will be automatically considered for this award.

Benefit type

Annual payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Applicable study areas

Historical, philosophical, political and social studies

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Heather Berry
    "I believe that the field of maritime archaeology is ready to be jump started in Australia, and what a perfect way to do it - with a focus on Australian maritime archaeological conservation. This scholarship will allow me to undertake and focus on my studies to the fullest, without fear of distraction. I will be focussing this PhD on the conservation of degraded Australian waterlogged wood such as blue gum and banksia, which will not only provide some variation into the current maritime conservation sphere, which focuses primarily on oak and pine, but will also hopefully provide benefit to Australia beyond merely a maritime focus."
    - Heather Berry
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • meet the entry requirements for a Faculty of Arts PhD and have applied to complete a PhD in the field of Australian Maritime Archaelological Conservation
    • have achieved a minimum weighted average mark of 75% in the final year subjects, or University of Melbourne equivalent, with a minimum result of 75% for the research component
    • have not already completed a research qualification at the equivalent level as the course for which a scholarship is sought

    Selection criteria

    Eligible applicants are automatically considered through their PhD application to complete a PhD in the field of Australian Maritime Archaelogoical Conservation, then scored and ranked according to:

    • their academic achievement in completed tertiary degrees
    • their PhD research proposal
    • their analytical skills relevant to the proposed field of study as evidenced in their PhD application
    • other factors relevant to the proposed research, such as professional and applied experience
  • When will I know the outcome?

    The recipient will be notified by February

  • About the donor

    The Silent World Foundation

    The Silentworld Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation with a focus on supporting and promoting Australasian maritime archaeology, history, culture and heritage.  John Mullen AM, Director of the Silentworld Foundation, has over 30 years of experience in the global logistics industry and he was named a member (AM) in the Order of Australia for significant service to business, and to the community in 2020.

    Mr Mullen is passionate about maritime exploration and Indigenous rock art in the Kimberley, WA. He spends his spare time diving for colonial shipwrecks and maintains a private museum dedicated to historical material from early maritime voyages to the Pacific, containing thousands of maritime objects, some dating back to the 1500s.

    Through the Silentworld Foundation, Mr Mullen has led and funded numerous maritime archaeological expeditions including to the Coral Sea and Kenn Reef. His support, which has included providing vessels, staff, equipment and divers, has enabled maritime archaeologists at the Australian National Maritime Museum to explore sites of maritime significance.

What are the benefits?

$15,500 (full time rate) per annum for the duration of the PhD

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