Applications for 2019 Asia Study Grants will open on 31 July 2018 and close 30 September 2018.

Three of the Asia Study Grant Recipients for 2018: Oscar Serquina, Debbie Chan and Emma Dalton.

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

With the support of the Harold S. Williams Trust Fund and private donors, we have been able to expand our former Japan Studies Grant scheme to include research across any of our Asian language or Asia-related collections. The grants program is no longer limited to Japan studies. More information on our rich and varied Asian collections is available here.

Preference will be given to those with a demonstrated need to access our 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 four weeks at a negotiated time during 2019. 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, who need to use the Library’s Asian language or Asian-related collections for their research. Researchers do not have to be permanent citizens but residing in Australia as recognised researchers for an established period of time at an institution.  

Researchers may be in the early or later stages of a project, and can explore the extent of our collections or focus on specific materials. A grant may also be used to undertake preliminary investigations in developing 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 our Asian language collections and who do not have ready access to such collections in their own region or institution. This may include other special Asia-related collections, such as cartographic or manuscript materials using Asian languages and requiring specialist staff expertise.  Note that the Library will accept repeat applications, but that an Asia Study Grant can only be awarded once. Former recipients, however, are still eligible to apply for a National Library Fellowship.

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

  • the value and quality of the proposed research
  • the relevance of our 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, and;
  • 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. 

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 and other expertise required for special collections access, (eg Asian language maps)
  • access to office facilities in the Asian Collections area, and;
  • copying of collection materials (within reasonable limits and according to access and copyright conditions).

Study grants are awarded only 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, and;
  • assist the Library to promote the Asia Study Grants through media and public communication.

How to apply

You can only submit your application online. Instructions are provided during the application process.

  1. Register as an applicant
  2. After you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email. A reference number and a copy of your application will be attached to the email.
  3. If you are a PhD student, you must attach a PDF copy of a certified transcript of your academic record and a PDF copy of a recently completed piece of research writing (for example, a thesis chapter) to your application.
  4. You must nominate two referees with their current contact details, and attach a PDF copy of their referee reports to the application.

Applications close on 30 September 2018 at midnight, Eastern Standard Time.

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