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We offer the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge of Australia via individual research projects offered within the Global Affairs MSc and the MSc and MA programmes in Geography

Through the Global Affairs MSc, you’ll examine the politics, society, economics and history of the world’s non-western, regional and rising powers and their role within a changing world order.

The suite of master's courses offered by the Department of Geography is one of the largest in the UK, allowing you to specialise in areas of particular interest and to benefit from our multidisciplinary expertise. You will also study with award-winning and world leading experts.

If you would like to discuss postgraduate research study, email Agnieszka Sobocinska, Menzies Australia Institute Director, at

Funding opportunities

The Richard Gunter Scholarships 2023

The Richard Gunter Scholarships are travel bursaries awarded annually to facilitate Australia-focused research. They are funded through the generous support of the Estate of Richard Gunter. In 2023, the Menzies Australia Institute is offering:

2 x £3,500 travel and research bursaries to do research in Australia for King’s postgraduate research students;

1 x £1,500 travel bursary to facilitate research at the Menzies Australia Institute for postgraduate research students based in a British or European university.

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Complete this form to apply. Applications are open until 11:59pm (BST) on 3 April 2023.

For the £3,500 research in Australia bursary, applicants must be postgraduate students enrolled in a research degree in any discipline at King’s College London.

For the £1,500 travel bursary to do research at the Menzies Australia Institute, applicants must be postgraduate students enrolled in a research degree either in a British or European university.

Bursary money can be used for airfares, domestic transport and accommodation costs directly related to research in Australia or at the Menzies Australia Institute at King’s.

King’s students will receive payment via the student’s home department. Non-King’s students will receive the entire bursary as a lump sum on producing evidence of travel booking. Applicants are responsible for obtaining necessary visa and travel documents.

All money must be expended by 30 December 2023. A final report outlining research activities and a final accounting of moneys spent must be submitted to the Institute by this date.


The Northcote Postgraduate Scholarship

There is no limitation on the field of study. Applicants must be resident in the UK (or one of its dependencies or territories) and need to ascertain their own eligibility for a postgraduate programme (MA or PhD) in Australia. The Trustees particularly welcome proposals for PhD and research-based Masters programmes.

The scholarship provides Visa costs, an economy return airfare to Australia, payment of compulsory university fees and charges and a generous living allowance, paid quarterly. For further details see


ANU Australian Studies Institute 2022 – 2023 Visiting Fellowship Programme

Awards to enable academic researchers to conduct research at the Australian Studies Institute at the Australian National University in Canberra.

The ANU Australian Studies Institute (AuSI) Visiting Fellowship Program brings together early and mid-career researchers to conduct innovative research that promotes the study of Australia or transnational and comparative research involving Australia. Applications from academics working in any discipline(s) at an Australian or overseas institution are welcome.

The Visiting Fellowship Program aims to attract emerging and mid-career researchers and policy makers to undertake innovative research whilst contributing to the collegial research culture across ANU to improve the research profile and excellence of AuSI. This may include collaborating with ANU academics, presenting seminars or guest lectures and attending AuSI events such as the Visiting Fellows Dinner.

Read more details about the ANU Australian Studies Institute 2022 – 2023 Visiting Fellowship Program

Applicants must have at least a higher degree or equivalent professional experience, research and publications. Institutional affiliation to a University or equivalent research or cultural organisation is required.

Fellowships are for early to mid-career academics (as a guide, this can be considered equivalent ANU Level B – D). Fellowships are open to Australian (non-ANU) and international researchers.

ANU values equity and diversity and is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all.

Each Visiting Fellow will be provided with: AUD$5,000 (domestic-based) and AUD$9,000 (international-based) maximum allowance in costs towards economy-class travel and accommodation; an ANU office space with computer and printing facilities; ANU Library borrowing privileges; and access to ANU facilities and events.


Our partnerships

We are proud to partner with academic and cultural institutions across Australia, the UK and beyond. We work closely with the Australian Studies Institute at the Australian National University.

In 2022, we partnered with Murrup Barak, Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development and the Conviction Politics project.

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