Thérèse and Ronald Ridley Scholarship

The Thérèse and Ronald Ridley Scholarship will support a current PhD student in the Classics and Archaeology department at the University of Melbourne. The scholarship is to be used to travel to the British School at Rome to conduct research that will assist PhD completion.

Applications open

9 Mar 2020

Applications closed

4 May 2020

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 need to:

    • 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
    • be able to conduct your research at the British School of Rome

    Selection criteria

    • relevance of the placement to your research
    • quality and feasibility of the submitted research plan
    • academic merit
    • assessment whether you have the skills, experience and aptitudes required to carry out the proposed project/program

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

  • Application process

    Eligible applicants must complete the online application including:

    • a 500-word research proposal which clearly demonstrates how your academic studies will benefit from a placement at the British School in Rome.
    • a current University of Melbourne statement of results/academic transcript and any other university transcripts.
    • two academic letters of support.
  • 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

    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 with 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.

    Read more about Ronald and Thérèse Ridley

What are the benefits?

$10, 000 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 to a number of similar institutes and academies. The 4,464 Euros payable to the British School at Rome includes full board, 24/7 access to their library collection and the opportunity to attend site visits and excursions. Read about the benefits here.


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