Lloyd Robson Memorial Award

This scholarship, worth approximately $8,000, supports graduate research students of Australian history with the costs of interstate travel, accommodation, entrance fees and conference registrations, research material costs, and travel insurance.

Application dates

Applications are currently closed

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 $8,000

Applicable study areas

Historical, philosophical, political and social studies

Number of scholarships awarded


  • "This scholarship gave me the opportunity to travel to Darwin and Canberra to examine and copy archival material that has allowed my project to develop in ways that would otherwise not have been possible. The information and knowledge I now have as a result of this visit has shaped the overall structure of my thesis to deliver a richer and more dynamic exploration of Indigenous education in the 1960s."
    - Beth Marsden
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be a currently enrolled University of Melbourne masters by research or PhD student. If you are a PhD student you should be confirmed or have successfully completed your formal review.
    • be researching Australian history

    Recipients are required to:

    • Accept award online within 21 days
    • Include a reference to the fund in any presentation or publication arising out of research or travel undertaken by them.
    • Submit a final report

    Selection criteria

    The strength of the proposal, travel itinerary, budget, academic attainments and financial need will be taken into account.

    Preference is to be given to applicants who have not previously held the award.

  • Application process

    Eligible applicants must complete:

    The University of Melbourne Financial Aid Assessment and attach evidence of submission to this scholarship application. If you have previously completed a financial aid application this will appear when you log in. You must update your details and resubmit the application.

    An online application including:

    • A statement (approx. 500 words) clearly indicating your field of research and how the award is likely to enhance your graduate research experience
    • Details of your interstate research program, including a full itinerary
    • Documentary evidence of the availability of archival materials at the locations you intend to visit and details of access arrangements (if applicable)
    • A budget
    • A statement of support from your supervisor
    • Any other information to support application that may assist the committee in making its decision
  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 8-10 weeks after the closing date.

  • About the donor

    Rosemary Kiss

    Rosemary Kiss donated to the University in 1984 to establish a research award in memory of her late husband, Lloyd Robson.

    Dr Robson joined the University's department of History as a lecturer in 1964, retired as a reader in History in 1988, and remained an active associate of the department until his death in August 1990.

    His contribution to Australian history in the department was outstanding and, through his own seminal research and publications, he stood at the forefront of promoting Australian history nationally as a significant arena of scholarly inquiry.

What are the benefits?

Approximately $8,000.  Several scholarships may be awarded from this amount.


The Faculty of Arts will continue the application and awarding process for scholarships in 2020. Travel scholarship recipients will be granted extended travel dates. Find out how the University is responding to the COVID-19 situation.



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