Faculty of Arts PhD Fieldwork Grant Scheme
This grant is for fieldwork support is for projects 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).
Applications are currently closed
How to apply
Full benefit details
Australian / domestic student
up to $10,000
Applicable study areas
All study areas
Number of scholarships awarded
What are the benefits?
Funds are limited and highly competitive for this scheme.
The maximum allowable under the Fieldwork Grant scheme is $10,000 over the duration of the PhD candidature (whether in one long trip, or several repeat trips). Schools are required to contribute a minimum of 25% of the total budget.
Items usually funded
- The costs of return (economy) fares to the primary site of field research
- Domestic travel and transport costs
- Government Fees - evidence of fees must accompany application
- Access fees (ie Research Visas, National Park entrance fees) - evidence of fees must accompany the application
Funding in exceptional circumstances
- Accommodation costs, where a clear and persuasive case is made that accommodation while on fieldwork is significantly more expensive than usual. In these cases, the Fieldwork scheme will normally cover not the whole cost of accommodation, but the difference between the cost of accommodation in Melbourne and that at the research site/s
- Research assistance, where a clear and persuasive case is made that paying for such assistance in situ is essential, such as for interpreting and/or gatekeeper/community access
- In cases of application for either accommodation or research assistance, the onus is on the student, and supervisor, to persuade the Fieldwork Committee that these additional costs should be supported
The Scheme does not fund
- 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 (Refer to Background section above, and consider an application for the Graduate Research in Arts Scheme (GRATS) instead)
- Visits to other universities, either to attend courses or to consult with academics
- Data gathering or analysis performed by professional fieldwork companies or private individuals on behalf of the applicant
- For further information on collaborative grant schemes, applicants undertaking collaborative projects are referred to the Research, Innovation and Commercialisation Australian Research Council (ARC), National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and internal grants and fellowships web pages
- Living expenses, including accommodation are expected to be covered by either the applicant's scholarship or other sources
- the provision of mail costs, equipment, and consumables (eg. tapes and batteries) is the responsibility of the candidate and/or the School (in addition to its 25% contribution to the grant)
- Travel insurance over and above the University policy
Old Arts (Building 149)
The University of Melbourne
Parkville VIC 3010
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.