Thérèse and Ronald Ridley Scholarship

The Thérèse and Ronald Ridley Scholarship supports a current PhD student in the Classics and Archaeology department to travel to the British School at Rome to conduct research that will assist PhD completion.

Applications open

13 Feb 2023

Applications closed

17 Apr 2023

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 $10,000

Applicable study areas

Historical, philosophical, political and social studies

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be a current PhD student in the Classics and Archaeology department at the University of Melbourne;
    • not be in the final writing-up stage of your PhD; and,
    • be able to conduct your research at the British School at Rome.

    Selection criteria

    The scholarship will be offered to a student who demonstrates:

    • the relevance of the overseas placement to their intended research;
    • the quality and feasibility of the submitted research plan;
    • academic merit; and,
    • the skills, experience and aptitude required to carry out the proposed project as evidenced by the application.

    Preference will be given to students whose research is related to ancient Roman history.

  • Application process

    Eligible applicants must complete the online application form including:

    • a proposal outlining the travel activities that will be undertaken;
    • a 300-500-word proposal describing how you would use this scholarship and demonstrating how your academic studies will benefit from a placement at the British School in Rome;
    • an indicative budget;
    • at least one academic reference;
    • a current statement of results; and,
    • any other information to support the application that may assist the committee in making its decision.
  • About the donor

    Ronald and Thérèse Ridley

    The Thérèse and Ronald Ridley Scholarship is supported by the generous contribution of Emeritus Professor Ronald Ridley and Mrs Thérèse Ridley.

    Professor Ridley (MA Syd.) began his career as a researcher, teacher and supervisor at the University of Melbourne in the then History Department in 1962 before joining the faculty as a Lecturer in 1965. After being awarded a DLitt by international examination for contributions to learning in 1992, he was appointed to a Personal Chair in ancient history in June 1997 and eventually became a Professor Emeritus following his retirement in 2005. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (est, 1707) and the Royal Historical Society (both London), the Pontifical Academy of Roman Archaeology (Rome), and the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

What are the benefits?

$10,000 offered to fund a two-month placement at the British School at Rome.

The British School at Rome is located just north of Rome’s historic centre and is within walking distance of a number of similar institutes and academies. Staying at the British School at Rome includes 24-hour access to their library collection and, when possible, the opportunity to attend site visits and excursions. Read about the benefits here.


Recipients are required to:

  • accept the award online within 21 days of receiving their offer letter;
  • submit the relevant travel documents; and,
  • submit a final report.


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