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Applications now open:
PhD and Master of Arts (Research) Scholarships in Historical Justice, Archival Systems and State Care

Federation University Australia's Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH), invites applications from highly motivated and suitably qualified candidates for a PhD and an MA scholarship as part of the ARC Discovery Project,“Rights in records by design.” This project is an interdisciplinary research program, between Monash University and Federation University Australia, that seeks to address critical issues associated with designing and developing a Lifelong Living Archive for childhood out-of-home care. The focus of the project will enhance understanding of agency in record-keeping, enabling the development of accountable child-centred record-keeping systems for out-of-home care, as well as meeting the ongoing needs of Care Leavers for historical justice and reconciliation. The successful candidates will be part of a vibrant postgraduate research community based in central Ballarat at Federation University Australia’s Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History. Candidates will be jointly supervised by a team of academics and have access to on-site facilities and conference attendance travel allowance.

Candidates must possess a demonstrated high level of written and communication skills. Evidence of scholarly publications and/or outstanding academic achievement is highly desirable in a relevant area – archival studies, politics, history, archives and memory studies. When applying, please include a 300 word expression of interest by 5:00pm, 25 March 2017.

Scholarship details
Scholarship rates:
PhD $26,682 (approx.) per annum for three years
MA $26,682 (approx.) per annum for eighteen months.

Course fees
Tuition fees will be covered by the University.

Eligible applicants must have completed a first-class BA Honours and/or a MA (Research), or equivalent, in a relevant area of study such as History or Politics.

Instructions and forms for applying for postgraduate scholarships can be found here.

Please state that you are applying for either the PhD or MA by Research “Rights in Records by Design” scholarship and include your 300 word written statement.

Email the completed forms to

Applications will close 5:00pm, 25 March 2017.

All initial enquiries should be directed to:
Professor Keir Reeves, Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH)
Phone: 5327 9699

Ballarat Trades and Labour Council PhD Scholarship

*Applications for this scholarship have now closed*

The Faculty of Education and Arts (Federation University Australia) and the Ballarat Trades and Labour Council (BTLC) invite applications from high calibre candidates to enrol in a Doctor of Philosophy to investigate the history of the Council.

The Ballarat Trades and Labour Council played a major role in the eight hour day movement and the formation of the Victorian Labor Party. The Trades Hall in Camp Street was constructed in 1887/88 and is historically significant because it represents the strength of organised labour in the colony in the late 19th Century.

The doctoral candidate will be expected to produce a book as part of the output of their doctoral research.

The successful candidate:

  • will be awarded a tax-free scholarship for 3 years (valued at ~ $26,288 per year) plus a funded RTS place (fee-free)
  • can apply for additional research project and conference funding
  • will be provided with full access to the archives held by the BTLC, and space/ facilities for research at the Trades Hall
  • will be guided by a panel of senior academic supervisors with advice from BLTC representatives
  • can participate in a research development program in Australian History
  • will hold an Honours or Honours-equivalent degree in History or allied disciplines.

This project is an initiative of the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History based in the Faculty of Education and Arts at Federation University Australia. The Centre’s vision is to discover Australia’s heritage, to interpret contemporary events and to shape Australia’s future role in a global context. Our key objective is to work with partner organisations and researchers to advance and apply research knowledge in Australian history for mutual benefit.

Australian History at Federation University Australia is rapidly gaining a national reputation for academic excellence. We have the largest and fastest growing group of postgraduate researchers at FedUni.

To apply, please visit FedUni's Research degrees website, and complete the forms for PhD candidature. When submitting these forms stipulate that you are applying for the Ballarat Trades and Labour Council scholarship, and include a 500 word proposal indicating how you would approach the project.

For further information please contact:
Dr Jeremy Smith or Professor Keir Reeves
Telephone: +61 3 5327 9599

Applications close: January 20, 2017 *Applications are now closed*

Ballarat Trades and Labour Council PhD scholarship flyer

Keir Reeves joins editorial board of new Australian History book series

CRCAH based researcher Professor Keir Reeves has joined the Editorial Board of a new book series in Australian History with London based Anthem Press.  University of Melbourne based Series Editor Professor Kate Darian-Smith recently announced that Anthem Press will publish around three titles each year in Australian History.  Keir joins other Editorial Board members in promoting the book series, and raising awareness of the entry of Anthem Press into the Australian market. Anthem's  aim is to be a premium publisher of Australian scholarly work. Professor Darian-Smith explains that “given the challenges in academic publishing, Anthem’s move into the Australian market and in Australian History offers a rare opportunity for our field” and is keen "that this Australian History book series does publish new and important work”.

Professor Reeves is delighted that an independent academic publisher based in London is publishing Australian History and looks forward to working with Dr  Anna Clark (UTS), Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno (ANU), Dr Agnieszka Sobocinska (Monash), and Professor Chris McAuliffe (ANU) and other members of the Editorial Board on this exciting new initiative.

The series will sit alongside several new book series in Australian Literature, Australian Politics, Economics and Society. There will be a  launch of the series in early 2017.

Federation University Australia based historians and allied researchers can contact Keir if they are looking for a publisher or if they are planning to publish a history manuscript.
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Congratulations to CRCAH researchers on ARC success!

ARC Discovery Project DP170100198 “Rights in records by design”. This project aims to design and develop a Lifelong Living Archive for children who experience out-of-home care. Children cared for out-of-home need quality record-keeping systems to develop and nurture their sense of identity and connectedness; account for their care experiences throughout their lives; and detect, report, investigate and take action against child neglect and abuse. This research is expected to support children experiencing family dislocation through efficient, effective, and responsive record-keeping systems to ensure the highest standards and continuity of care.

The research team is led by CI Dr Joanne Evans along with Associate Professor Jacqueline Wilson (CRCAH); Professor Susan McKemmish; Associate Professor Philip Mendes; Professor Keir Reeves (CRCAH) and Dr Jane Bone. $542,500.00

CRCAH 2016 newsletter now available

For an overview of CRCAH's events and achievements in 2016, please read the CRCAH 2016 newsletter (pdf 696kB)