2017 Summer Scholars

Applications for the 2021 program round will open on Monday 6 July 2020.

Summer Scholarships support younger scholars, and a scholar from rural or regional Australia of any age, who require access to the Library’s collections to assist their postgraduate research. 

These scholarships are made possible through the generosity of the family of the late Norman McCann (a former National Library Council Member), John and Heather Seymour, Carol Moya Mills (former Charles Sturt University Librarian) and a generous Library Patron.

Up to five scholarships are available:

  • 2 Norman McCann Scholarships for research into Australian history or literature. librarianship, archives administration, or museum studies
  • 1 Seymour Scholarship for biographical research
  • 1 Carol Moya Mills Scholarship for a scholar from regional or rural Australia.
  • 1 National Library of Australia Scholarship, with preference given to Indigenous scholars

What assistance is offered?

Scholars spend six weeks at the Library, from 11 January to 19 February 2021, and receive:

  • an honorarium of $300 per week
  • twin share accommodation for six weeks at University House, Australian National University (breakfast included)
  • a return economy air fare from their home in Australia to Canberra, up to $1,000
  • access to the Library’s collections, facilities and staff expertise.

Who can apply?

The scholarships are open to students who:

  • have commenced PhD study, and
  • are Australian citizens or permanent residents.

In addition to the above:

  • for the Norman McCann, Seymour and National Library of Australia Scholarships, applicants must be under the age of 35 at 31 December in the year of their application*
  • for the Carol Moya Mills, applicants can be of any age but must be from regional or remote Australia

Preference is given to applicants who would find it difficult to access the Library’s collections (for example, due to distance from Canberra).

*Age limit is a condition requested by the donors

 How are applications assessed?

Applications are assessed by Library staff, with the final assessment and decision made by the Fellowships Advisory Committee against the following criteria:

  • the applicant’s academic potential and capacity for research
  • the value and quality of the proposed research at the Library
  • the relevance of the National Library's collections to the proposed research

Applicants will be notified of the assessment outcomes by early November 2020.

How to apply

Applications are made online. You will need to describe your research project and the Library collections you wish to access, and provide:

  • a certified transcript of your academic record 
  • a recently completed piece of research writing such as a thesis chapter 
  • contact details of two referees

What is expected of a Summer Scholar?

Summer Scholars are expected to:

  • participate in activities organised by the Library in partnership with other cultural institutions’ scholar programs
  • give a presentation to Library staff and invited guests on the progress of their research
  • acknowledge the donors and assist the Library to promote the scholarships through communications and media
  • provide a report within one month of finishing their residency outlining their experience, which will inform the Library and the Fellowships Advisory Committee

Get inspired: read more about the work of our previous Summer Scholars


Fellowships and scholarships
Email: fellowships@nla.gov.au

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