Dr Natsuko Akagawa, JSG recipient 2016 at work in SCRR at NLA, sitting at large table with book

Applications for 2018 Asia Study Grants open on 31 July 2017 and close 30 September 2017.

The Library offers annual Asia Study Grants to assist scholars in Australia undertake research relating to Asia through a four-week period of intensive access to the Library’s Asian language and Asia-related collections.

With the support of the Harold S. Williams Trust Fund and private donors, the Library has been able to expand its former Japan Studies Grant scheme to include research across any of the Library's Asian language collections. The grants program is no longer limited to Japan studies. More information on the Library's rich and varied Asian collections is available here.

Preference will be given to those with a demonstrated need to access the Library's Asian language collections and who do not have ready access to Asian language collections in their own region or institution.

The grants are available for a period of up to four weeks any time during 2018. Scholars have privileged access to the Library’s materials and facilities, as well as sustained interaction with specialist staff.

Who can apply?

Asia Study Grants are open to researchers who are citizens of, or resident in, Australia. Applicants may be PhD candidates, early career or established researchers, or independent scholars, working in any discipline and who need to use the Library’s Asian language or Asian-related collections for their research. 

Researchers may be in the early or later stages of a project, can explore the extent and depth of the Library’s collections or focus on specific materials. A study grant may also enable a researcher to undertake preliminary investigations towards a larger or related project that may assist in attracting further research funding or work. 

Priority will be given to those with a demonstrated need to access the NLA's Asian language collections and who do not have ready access to such collections in their own region or institution. Note that the Library will accept repeat applications, but that an Asia Study Grant can only be awarded once. Former recipients, however, are eligible to apply subsequently for the three-month National Library Fellowships.

In selecting scholars the Library's Fellowships Advisory Committee will consider:

  • the value and quality of the proposed research at the Library
  • the relevance of the Library's collections to the research
  • the value of the experience to the applicant's academic progress (for PhD or early career researchers), or to the development of future research
  • the capacity of the applicant to communicate their research to a wider audience


What assistance is offered?

Study Grant recipients will receive financial support consisting of:

  • An honorarium of $1000 per week to cover accommodation and living costs in Canberra, for up to four weeks
  • A contribution to travel within Australia, equivalent to one return economy domestic airfare to and from Canberra

Travel and accommodation expenses are paid only to those living outside the Canberra region, but independent scholars in the region (not full-time paid academics) may access the stipend on a pro-rata basis. 

All recipients receive in-kind support consisting of:

  • Special access to Asian collection stacks and staff expertise, including the support of Asian languages specialist librarians
  • Access to office facilities in the Asian Collections area
  • Copying of collection materials (within reasonable limits and according to access and copyright conditions)

The Library’s study grants are awarded to an individual. Any funding to be paid by the Library normally will be paid directly to the individual for the purposes of supporting their research in the collections. Any other arrangements between the individual and their employer are their responsibility, and are to be negotiated separately between the individual and their employer.

What are the Library's expectations?

Recipients will be required to:

  • spend at least 75% of their time at the Library over four weeks
  • provide a brief report on their research experience at the Library and the value of the collections and services
  • acknowledge the support of the National Library in forums, presentations and publications resulting from the research
  • assist the Library to promote the Asia Study Grants through media and public communication.

How to apply

  • Register as an applicant
  • You can only submit your application online. Instructions are provided during the application process.
  • After you have submitted an application, you will receive a confirmation email. A reference number and a copy of your application will be attached to the email.
  • If you are a PhD student, you are required to attach to your application a PDF copy of a certified transcript of your academic record and a PDF copy of a recently completed piece of research writing (eg a thesis chapter).
  • You must nominate two referees with their current contact details, and also attach a PDF copy of  their referee reports to the application.
  • Applications close on 30 September 2017 at midnight, Eastern Standard Time


Di Ouyang, Assistant Director of Asian Collections, National Library of Australia

Contact: asiastudygrants@nla.gov.au