Applications for the 2013-14 Australian Prime Ministers Centre (APMC) Fellowships are now closed.
Focus of the research and scholarship program
The research and scholarship program at the Museum of Australian Democracy was established in 2007 to:
- provide a national focus for prime ministerial research and scholarship
- raise public awareness of the lives and achievements of former prime ministers
- support access to prime ministerial material held by other collecting institutions.
From its origins in the Australian Prime Ministers Centre (APMC), the research program now also contributes to the broader work of the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) to present the journey of Australian democracy - past, present and future.
Who can apply?
Applications are sought from established researchers and artists who are based in Australia during the year of the proposed fellowship (2013-14) and interested in the history and contemporary practice of Australian democracy, with special reference to Australian prime ministers.
Applicants should have scholarly credentials, preferably at postgraduate level, or a record of equivalent achievement in their field. Relevant fields include history, social sciences, politics, museum studies, librarianship, the performing arts, literature and art.
One fellowship is reserved each year for creative or early career artists, where suitable applications are received.
Current postgraduate students are not eligible for fellowships but may apply for a summer scholarship. Previous recipients of APMC Fellowships may reapply in subsequent years, with the application being assessed on its merit.
Fellows are required to undertake a research, creative, literary or bibliographic project which is relevant to the focus of the research and scholarship program (see above). Projects can draw on the Museum’s collection as well as other relevant collections held in Australia or overseas.
Fellows are to spend 10 business days based at the Museum of Australian Democracy in Canberra during their tenure. This may be undertaken in one or more trips. Fellows are expected to attend a final seminar to present their research findings in June 2014.
Fellows are required to acknowledge the support of the Museum of Australian Democracy in any publication resulting from the research and to prepare a brief report at the conclusion of the Fellowship.
The Museum will provide a payment of up to $16,000 to cover:
- travel to undertake research, including one return economy airfare to Canberra where applicable
- accommodation and living expenses while away from home
- research expenses such as photocopying
- research allowance when fully engaged in research towards the Fellowship
- production costs for creative projects
Applicants should provide an indicative research budget covering all anticipated expenditure in their application. Budgets may range from $2,000 - $16,000 depending on the nature of the research project. The actual amount of the funding will be at the discretion of the selection panel.
The Museum will also provide fully equipped office accommodation, out-of-hours access to the Research Library and reference assistance from staff to locate research material.
Fellows may undertake their Fellowship at any time from the date of award until 30 June 2014. Awards cannot be deferred. A Fellowship may be undertaken on either a full-time or a part-time basis, depending on the situation and requirements of the Fellow, and as agreed by the Museum.
Preparing your application
Download the application form, complete the form and attach the following supporting documentation:
- Research proposal (note that the Museum reserves the right to negotiate minor changes to the research proposal to ensure its relevance to the Museum’s objectives)
- Research budget (download the budget template)
- Curriculum vitae
- Two written references (download the referee report)
References should be signed by both the applicant and the referee, or include the email trail. References should also include contact details for referees (telephone and email address).
Assessment of applications
Applications will be assessed during July 2013, with applicants advised of the outcome in August 2013. The independent selection panel consists of representatives from relevant professional associations and collecting institutions.
In assessing each application the selection panel will take into account:
- the quality of the application
- the relevance and significance of the research proposal
- the ability of the applicant to meet the intended outcomes of their proposal
- the appropriateness of the proposed budget
Where to send your application
Applications should be sent to the following address:
Australian Prime Ministers Centre Coordinator
Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
PO Box 7088
Canberra BC ACT 2610, Australia
An electronic copy should also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org