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Australian Bicentennial Scholarships & Fellowships

Australian applicants

Applications will be accepted between 26 February and 29 April 2016. The deadline for receipt of documentation and references is also 29 April 2016.

Further particulars

Each year the Australian Bicentennial Scholarships and Fellowships Trust invites applications from Australian postgraduate students or academic staff members for Australian Bicentennial Scholarships and Fellowships tenable in the United Kingdom.

The objects of the scheme, as defined in the deed of Trust, are to ‘promote scholarship, intellectual links, and mutual awareness and understanding between the United Kingdom and Australia, in particular: a) to enable United Kingdom graduates to study in approved courses or undertake approved research in Australia; b) to enable Australian graduates to study in approved courses or undertake approved research in the United Kingdom; and c) to make allowance within the Scheme for disadvantaged persons.’

An applicant for a Scholarship must be registered as a post-graduate student at an Australian tertiary institution, or be eligible for such registration at a UK tertiary institution, and be usually resident in Australia, where 'usually resident' is defined as living permanently in Australia for at least 3 years, excluding time spent in the country on an overseas student visa). He/she should normally have at least an upper second class honours degree.

An applicant for a Fellowship should have a good post-graduate degree or equivalent experience, and should be seeking to further his/her education or professional experience but not through taking a further degree.

Candidates may be in any discipline (commonly in the humanities, creative arts, education, law, social and physical sciences, engineering and medicine), but they must demonstrate that there are special scholarly or practical advantages to be gained from a period of study in the UK, and that an appropriate host institution is available. 

Younger scholars are preferred, but while there is no formal age limit a scholar or fellow must be likely to be able to make a formal contribution in his/her field for at least ten years. Each scholarship or fellowship will offer a grant of up to £4,000, and may be used to supplement other awards. 

Please note that preference is often given to applicants who can demonstrate that a Bicentennial grant will complete a guaranteed funding package for the whole degree or project. A successful applicant must provide evidence that they will undertake a period of research/study in the UK. A detailed report on the scholarship/fellowship is required within three months of the scholar’s/fellow’s return to Australia.  

Greater consideration will be given to applicants planning trips of 3 months or longer.

Application notes

The application should include:

  • a completed application form
  • a curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages, incl. footnotes and references)
  • a statement detailing the research project or programme of study (max. 2 pages) and where it is to be carried out
  • the names of two referees
  • evidence of having been accepted by the proposed host institution
  • and details of any other awards applied for or received.

Please note that no other application form will be accepted. Incomplete or incorrectly completed applications, or those which are over the page limit, will be considered ineligible.

Applicants must arrange for their referees to send their reports direct to the Menzies Centre. Only online applications and emailed references will be accepted. The Centre does not pursue late references. 

Monies will be released between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017. A scholar/fellow must take up the award by 31 July 2017 or forfeit it.

Applications and references for 2016/17 will be accepted between 26 February 2016 and 29 April 2016.


Scholarship application form

Fellowship application form

Please note: Application forms need to be completed in one sitting and cannot be saved part-way through. Please have all your information and documents ready before beginning.

Reference Request Form (doc)

Advice on Reports (pdf) 

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