The National Library is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Summer Scholarships.

Summer scholarships are offered to PhD students from across Australia, offering recipients the opportunity to further their postgraduate research using material from the Library’s collections over a six-week residency.  

Four scholarships have been awarded in 2023.


Carol Moya Mills Summer Scholarship  

Ms Kate Kirby, University of the Sunshine Coast

  • The 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games: exploring event impact, legacy, and memory outside the city limits

National Library of Australia Summer Scholarship, supported by an anonymous donor 

Mrs Judith Bartholomeusz, Charles Sturt University

  • Caroline Chisholm, John Dunmore Lang and Utopian Impulses in Australian Colonial Society

Seymour Summer Scholarship 

Mrs Stephanie Shon, University of Oxford, UK

  • Writing About Australian Music: Discursive Mediations of Taste and Aesthetics 1960s-1970s

Professor Robert and Josephine Shanks Scholarship

Ms Yvette Grant, University of Melbourne

  • Ballet, Modernism and Early Women Choreographers in Australia: a Laurel Martyn Case Study

Thank you 

The Library would like to acknowledge the donors who support the Summer Scholarships program, including Professor Robert and Josephine Shanks, Dr John and Mrs Heather Seymour AO, and Carol Moya Mills. One scholarship is supported by an anonymous donor.  

On behalf of donors and the Fellowships Advisory Committee, the Library thanks all applicants for the 2023 Summer Scholarship program. Successful recipients were drawn from a strong field of applications, and unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to apply again for the next program. 


In 2023, the Summer Scholarships program marks its 21st year supporting postgraduate research from the next generation of Australian scholars. Since 2002, more than 80 Australian postgraduate students have taken part in the program, undertaking a six-week residency in Canberra with special and supported access to the Library’s extensive national collections.  

During their time at the Library, Summer Scholars also have access to full office facilities including a personal workstation, and are provided with $6000 for use as a stipend, travel and accommodation support.