Hansen Scholarship in History

This scholarship supports a full-time PhD candidature in History. A key feature of the scholarship is a mentoring program that provides valuable experience in tertiary teaching, engagement and the promotion of History to the community.

Applications open

16 Oct 2023

Last day for applications

30 Nov 2023
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Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $140,000

Applicable study areas

Historical, philosophical, political and social studies

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Bronwyn Anne Beech Jones
    "Learning and teaching history cultivates critical curiosity, humility and respectfulness. The Hansen Trust PhD Scholarship will allow me to continue and expand my work to promote and encourage history in Australia and Indonesia."
    - Bronwyn Anne Beech Jones
  • 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 History;
    • have received the minimum result of first class Honours in your qualifying degree; and,
    • have not already completed a research qualification at the equivalent level as the course for which a scholarship is sought.
  • Application process

    Applicants must complete the online application form including the following:

    • A 500-word statement outlining their views on the significance of History teaching and the role of History in our society;
    • an outline of the PhD proposal;
    • academic records;
    • a Curriculum Vitae; and,
    • any other information to support the application that may assist the committee in making its decision.
    • Applicants must also submit an online application for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) course by the closing date, 31 October.

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  • When will I know the outcome?

    Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview.

  • About the donor

    Hansen Trust

    The History program at the University of Melbourne is at the forefront of teaching and research internationally.

    The Hansen Trust has been established to support innovation and excellence in History at Melbourne and to provide students with an outstanding education: to open pathways into great careers and graduate opportunities; to underline the continuing relevance and importance of history; and to nurture and engage community passion for this important field of study.

What are the benefits?

$40,000 per year for the first 3 years of a full-time PhD candidature, and, with the approval of an extension, of up to 6 months paid at the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships (RTP) rate of that year. Recipients are entitled to the same benefits as the RTP, subject to the terms and conditions outlined here. A key feature of the scholarship is a mentoring program that provides valuable experience in tertiary teaching and the promotion of History to the community.


Successful applicants are required to:

  • accept the award online within 21 days; and,
  • provide a short report at the end of each calendar year for the duration of your enrolment and at the end of your PhD candidature.


For any further enquiries: artsawards-info@unimelb.edu.au

Queries about your separate Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) application should be sent to arts-graduateenquiries@unimelb.edu.au

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.