Faculty of Arts PhD Fieldwork Grant Scheme
This grant is for fieldwork support to Faculty of Arts Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) graduate researchers, in which the primary data for the PhD thesis can be collected only in a field location (for example, a fundable project may require access to particular communities, physical landscapes, indigenous languages, archaeological sites, or oral histories).
1 Jan 2020
Last day for applications
1 Sep 2020
Last day for applications
This is the last day on which applications will be accepted. Though conditions vary, we recommend submission by 5pm AEST to avoid disappointment.
How to apply
Full benefit details
Australian / domestic student
up to $10,000
Applicable study areas
Historical, philosophical, political and social studies; Language, literature and cultural studies
Number of scholarships awarded
Approximately 20 per year
What are the benefits?
IMPORTANT NOTE: In response to COVID-19 restrictions, graduate researchers may apply to these schemes to re-allocate funding from fieldwork to expenses for copying material from locations they cannot access due to the travel ban. Eligible expenses include costs of obtaining digitised/scanned/photocopied or otherwise reproduced documents or images provided for a cost by the institution; or which a third party could provide on your behalf. This allocation arrangement of funding is for the 2020/2021 rounds ONLY.
The PhD Fieldwork Grant Scheme supports Faculty of Arts graduate researchers to conduct projects in which the primary data for the PhD thesis can be collected only in a field location over an extended period of time (for example, a fundable project may require access to particular communities, social networks, physical landscapes, indigenous languages, or archaeological sites). The time period can be continuous or include several visits.
Graduate researchers will be eligible to receive funding from either the PhD Fieldwork Grant Scheme or the Art Graduate Research International Grant (AGRIG), but not both, during their candidature.
Please read these guidelines carefully before submitting an application. You should also consult the Graduate Research in Arts Travel Scheme (GRATS) and the AGRIG to determine which is the most appropriate scheme for the purpose of your travel.
In determining whether an award will be made and the amount to be awarded, the Committee will consider:
- The extent to which the planned research meets the definition of fieldwork (see below),
- Whether the research is essential to the successful completion of the PhD (requires supervisors support and must be included in confirmation report), and
- Whether the budget is reasonable and appropriate.
What is fieldwork?
Methodological approaches relevant to this scheme include ethnographic and linguistic research techniques and studies requiring immersion or other site-intensive work. These may include participant observation or interview-based strategies that must occur over a sustained period of time, or other types of field-based research projects that depend on the researcher’s embedding within a particular field location or locations. Fieldwork funding may also be appropriate for research projects requiring long-term strategies of building trust to gain access to the object of research.
Fieldwork may consist of deep immersion in one place, or research in a number of sites – in either case the onus is on the applicant to make the case as to how the proposed research meets the other criteria for fieldwork funding.
What is not fieldwork?
Visits to libraries, museums, archives, and other forms of data collection or research that do not require the researcher to be embedded at the location, visits to other universities, to attend courses, to consult with academics or to attend conferences, data gathering or analysis performed by professional companies or private individuals on behalf of the applicant
A maximum of $10,000 over the duration of the PhD candidature (whether in one long trip, or several repeat trips) will be awarded where eligible. Schools are required to contribute a minimum of 25% of the total budget. Your School Funding will be the source of this contribution. A separate application for your School Funding contribution is not required.
The Committee may choose to award less than the allowable maximum or requested amount, based on the quality of the application relative to the pool of applications and available funds.
For complete listings of faculty-specific scholarships, please see individual faculty websites.
The information listed here is subject to change without notice. Where we have listed information about jointly run scholarships programs, please also see our partners' websites. Information describing the number and value of scholarships awarded is indicative.