Supporting research enhanced by experience

Each year Macquarie's Department of Ancient History offers a number of competitive residential and travel scholarships.

These enable our Ancient History MRes, MPhil, MA and PhD students, recent PhD graduates and (in some cases) undergraduates and other students of ancient history, archaeology and languages to travel and pursue research opportunities in various fields, while also enhancing the research profile and output of the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University.

Please note that some of these scholarships have specific conditions. All scholarships are awarded subject to University OH&S approval.

For 2020, there will be TWO ROUNDS of scholarships offered:

Special announcement – 2020 Department of Ancient History Scholarships and COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Macquarie University’s moratorium on all University associated non-essential travel, the 2020 Department of Ancient History Scholarships will not be offered for travel in 2020.  However, they will be offered for travel in 2021, subject to decision by the University on international and/or domestic travel.

While the Gale BSR and Gale Graeco-Roman Travelling, Tyndale House and Monica Anderson scholarships remain specifically for travel, the Michelle McLean scholarship conditions will be broadened as a special case in 2020.  Please read the conditions in the relevant section.

How to apply

To apply for all scholarships EXCEPT the ACANS Junior Fellowship, please download the 2020 Scholarship application form and the reference form.  Please return completed application and reference forms, together with supporting information, via email to ancienthistory@mq.edu.au by the due date.

To apply for the ACANS Junior Fellowship, please download the 2020 ACANS Junior Fellowship application form.  Please return the completed application form via email to ken.sheedy@mq.edu.au by the due date.

The following scholarships are being offered:

The closing date for applications for these scholarships is 12.00 MIDNIGHT, SUNDAY 14 JUNE 2020.

The ACANS Junior Fellowship is also being offered. The closing date for this Fellowship is 12.00 MIDNIGHT, FRIDAY 19 JUNE 2020.  Please use the separate ACANS Junior Fellowship application form, and submit your application to ken.sheedy@mq.edu.au.

The following scholarships are being offered:

The closing date for applications for this scholarship will be announced soon.

The closing date for applications for these scholarships will be announced soon.

The selection criteria for the scholarships are:

For postgraduate applicants:

  1. Strength of academic record and achievement, including awards, prizes, scholarships, grants and peer-reviewed activity.
  2. Projected outcomes, including research outputs.
  3. Feasibility of delivery of outcome.
  4. Benefit the scholarship would bring to the nominated project.
  5. Benefit the scholarship would bring to the Macquarie University, the Department of Ancient History, and (if applicable) to the host institution.
  6. Preparation of a budget.

For undergraduate applicants:

  1. Strength of academic record and achievement, including awards, prizes, scholarships, grants and peer-reviewed activity.
  2. Relevance of trip to studies.

Ranking of candidates

In the interests of equity, candidates may apply for more than one scholarship, but will not be eligible to be awarded more than one scholarship in any one year, except at the discretion of the judging committees.

If no applicant is deemed to be of sufficient merit to receive a scholarship, at the absolute discretion of the judging committee, no award will be made.

In all cases, the decision of the judging committee is absolute and binding, and no correspondence will be entered into.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants will have obtained permission to travel as follows:

  1. Postgraduates – a completed OSR form (N.B. Applicants must receive approval to travel from their supervisor).
  2. Undergraduates – where travel overlaps any part of a semester, a completed Field Trip Permission form.

All applicants MUST have the appropriate Risk Assessment and Health and Safety clearance in order to travel. Failure to do so will jeopardise their trip. Please see Department staff for details.

  • The Macquarie Gale British School at Rome Scholarship
  • The Macquarie Gale Graeco-Roman Travelling Scholarship

    Available to postgraduate candidates (MRes or PhD) in Ancient History at Macquarie University, or to recent Macquarie University Ancient History postdoctoral scholars, within five years of award of their degree.
  • The Macquarie Tyndale Travelling Scholarship

    Available to postgraduate candidates (MRes, PhD or MPhil), or to recent Macquarie University Ancient History postdoctoral scholars or Masters graduates within five years of award of their degree.
  • The Michelle McLean Egyptology Travelling Scholarship

    Available to postgraduate candidates (MRes, PhD or MA) in Ancient History at Macquarie University, or to recent Macquarie University Ancient History postdoctoral scholars or Masters graduates, within five years of award of their degree.
  • The Monica Anderson Ancient Cultures Travelling Scholarship

    Available to current undergraduates, MRes or PhD candidates in Ancient History at Macquarie University, or to recent Macquarie University Ancient History postdoctoral scholars, within five years of award of their degree.
  • The ACANS Travelling Scholarships (Rounds 1 and 2)
  • The ACANS Junior Fellowship

Our scholarships

Find out all other information you need to know about our scholarships, below:

Description:

Thanks to the generosity of Mrs Janet Gale and the late Dr Bill Gale, the Ancient History Department of Macquarie University is offering a scholarship to travel to and reside at the British School at Rome for up to six months starting from January 2021, subject to BSR approval.

Purpose:

The successful candidate, whilst at the BSR, will undertake a research project relevant to the history and archaeology of Rome, Italy or the provinces of the Roman Empire. He/she will achieve this through interaction with the resources and community of the British School at Rome.

Availability:

Available to postgraduate candidates (MRes or PhD) in Ancient History at Macquarie University, or to recent Macquarie University Ancient History postdoctoral scholars, within five years of award of their degree.

Value:

  • one return economy airfare from Australia to Rome
  • cost of residence in the British School at Rome (obligatory)
  • other expenses as approved by, and at the discretion of, the selection committee.

Time frame:

The successful candidate will be eligible to stay in Rome for up to six months commencing in January, 2021.

Application due date:

Applications are due 12.00 midnight, Sunday, 14 June 2020.

Selection panel:

The applications will be considered by a panel consisting of:

  • the Dean of the Faculty of Arts (or nominee)
  • the Head of the Department of Ancient History (or nominee)
  • the donor (or nominee)
  • two members of the Ancient History staff with academic interests in the area.

Description:

Thanks to the generosity of Mrs Janet Gale and the late Dr Bill Gale, the Ancient History Department of Macquarie University is offering an award to Macquarie University HDR students and recent graduates to travel overseas in order to pursue a program of research in Graeco-Roman history.

Purpose:

The successful candidate will be able to achieve specific research and publication outcomes in the field of Graeco-Roman History through accessing international resources.

Availability:

Available to postgraduate candidates (MRes or PhD) in Ancient History at Macquarie University, or to recent Macquarie University Ancient History postdoctoral scholars, within five years of award of their degree.

Value:

Up to A$5,000 contribution towards airfare/accommodation/expenses at the discretion of the selection panel.

Time frame:

The successful candidate will be eligible to travel between January and August 2021.

Application due date:

Applications are due 12.00 midnight, Sunday, 14 June 2020.

Selection panel:

The applications will be considered by a panel consisting of:

  • the Dean of the Faculty of Arts (or nominee)
  • the Head of the Department of Ancient History (or nominee)
  • the donor (or nominee)
  • two members of the Ancient History staff with academic interests in the area.

Description:

Through the generosity of Tyndale House (Cambridge) and a donor from the Society for the Study of Early Christianity (SSEC), the Ancient History Department of Macquarie University is offering a travelling scholarship for four weeks to Tyndale House, Cambridge in January/February 2021, subject to Tyndale House approval.

Purpose:

The successful candidate will be expected to benefit from and contribute to the international community of scholars at Tyndale House in line with the ethos and expectations of that organisation (please consult the Tyndale House website).

Availability:

Available to postgraduate candidates (MRes, PhD or MPhil), or to recent Macquarie University Ancient History postdoctoral scholars or Masters graduates within five years of award of their degree.

Value:

  • $1,500 towards one return airfare from Australia to London
  • four weeks' accommodation and use of the Library at Tyndale House
  • other expenses as approved by, and at the discretion of, the selection committee.

Time frame:

The successful candidate will be eligible to stay at Tyndale House for four weeks over January/February 2021.

Application due date:

Applications are due 12.00 midnight, Sunday, 14 June 2020.

Selection panel:

The applications will be considered by a panel consisting of:

  • the Dean of the Faculty of Arts (or nominee)
  • the Head of the Department of Ancient History (or nominee)
  • a nominee of Tyndale House
  • a representative of the executive of SSEC
  • a member of the Ancient History staff with academic interests in the area.

Description:

In memory of the late Mrs Michelle McLean, and thanks to the generosity of Mr Cameron McLean, the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University is offering a scholarship to enable a student to undertake travel overseas to pursue a program of study or research with the aim of advancing the study of Egyptology.

In 2020, recognising the difficulties with international travel, candidates may also make use of the funds for purposes not directly related to travel, in alignment with University policy. In particular, recent PhD candidates or candidates expecting to submit their thesis in the near future are encouraged to apply to use the funds for the purpose of editing their thesis to present for publication.

Purpose:

The purpose of the scholarship is to enable a student to undertake travel overseas to pursue a program of study or research with the aim of advancing the study of Egyptology.  The successful candidate will be expected to give a public lecture on their return about their overseas study/research project. For variation to the purpose of this Scholarship in 2020, please refer to the Description above.

Availability:

Available to postgraduate candidates (MRes, PhD or MA) in Ancient History at Macquarie University, or to recent Macquarie University Ancient History postdoctoral scholars or Masters graduates, within five years of award of their degree.

Value:

Up to A$5,000 contribution towards airfare/accommodation/expenses at the discretion of the Selection Panel.

Time frame:

The successful candidate will be eligible to complete his or her travel within one year of award of the scholarship.

Application due date:

Applications are due 12.00 midnight, Sunday, 14 June 2020.

Selection panel:

The applications will be considered by a panel consisting of:

  • the Dean of the Faculty of Arts (or nominee)
  • the Head of the Department of Ancient History (or nominee)
  • the donor (or nominee)
  • a member of the Ancient History staff with academic interests in the area

Description:

Thanks to the generosity of the Anderson family and the late Monica Anderson, the Ancient History Department of Macquarie University is offering an award to Macquarie University undergraduate, HDR students and recent graduates to travel overseas in order to pursue a program of research or participate in excavations, surveys, or recording missions at various sites across the Mediterranean, studying aspects of the art, sculpture, urbanism, temple, funerary, and monastic architecture at these locations.

In 2020, recognising the difficulties with international travel, candidates may also make use of the funds for purposes not directly related to travel, in alignment with University policy.

Purpose:

The successful candidate will be able to achieve specific research and excavation experience with the aim of advancing the study of ancient cultures.  The successful candidate will be expected to give a public lecture on their return about their overseas study/research project.

For variation to the purpose of this Scholarship in 2020, please refer to the Description above.

Availability:

Available to current undergraduates, MRes or PhD candidates in Ancient History at Macquarie University, or to recent Macquarie University Ancient History postdoctoral scholars, within five years of award of their degree.

Value:

Up to $2,000 contribution towards airfare/accommodation/expenses at the discretion of the Selection Panel.

Time frame:

The successful candidate will be eligible to travel or access the fund between January and August 2021.

Application due date:

Applications are due 12.00 midnight, Sunday, 14 June 2020.

Selection panel:

The applications will be considered by a panel consisting of:

  • the Dean of the Faculty of Arts (or nominee)
  • the Head of the Department of Ancient History (or nominee)
  • the Donor (or nominee)
  • a member of the Ancient History staff with academic interests in the area

Description:

These scholarships are offered for MQ post graduate students wishing to undertaken research in ancient numismatics. The applicant must be enrolled in a postgraduate degree.

Purpose:

The scholarship is intended as a contribution towards the costs of travel and accommodation within Australia or overseas. The successful candidates are expected to undertake numismatic research within the context of higher degree research.

Availability:

Available to current postgraduate candidates (MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD) in Ancient History at Macquarie University.

Value:

Up to A$1,500 contribution towards airfare/accommodation/expenses at the discretion of the Selection Panel.

Time frame:

Application due date:

There will be two rounds.

The application due dates will be announced soon.

At least three weeks will be needed for ACANS selection panel to consider the application.

Selection panel:

The applications will be considered by a panel consisting of:

  • the director of ACANS
  • the two ACANS deputy directors for research
  • a member of the Advisory Board of ACANS (appointed by the Board).

Description:

These scholarships are offered for study in Israel in the areas of the history and archaeology of Ancient Israel. They are generously funded by donors to the Ancient Israel Program including the Sir Asher Joel Foundation, the Whitton Family, Mrs Karen Wolf and Mrs Jennifer Hershon. Successful applicants will be advised who is funding their scholarship and are expected to write a letter thanking the donor and to provide a brief written report to the donor on completion of their trip. Applicants may only win one scholarship.

Purpose:

The successful candidates will travel to Israel to gain a greater understanding of the history and archaeology of ancient Israel.

Value:

There are three categories of scholarship on offer:

  • Biblical Archaeology Course scholarship - up to A$1,500 contribution towards airfare/accommodation/expenses at the discretion of the Selection Panel for students of Macquarie University or Open Universities Australia accepted into the Biblical Archaeology Course offered by Rothberg School of Hebrew University from 5-23 January, 2020.
  • Khirbet el-Rai standard scholarship - up to A$500 contribution towards airfare/accommodation/expenses at the discretion of the Selection Panel for students of Macquarie University accepted into the archaeological excavation at Khirbet el-Rai who are not part of the Mentorship program or volunteers.
  • Khirbet el-Rai Mentorship scholarship - up to A$2,500 contribution towards the cost of the airfares plus free accommodation, meals and local transport from Jerusalem to attend the archaeological excavation at Khirbet el-Rai from 26 January to 13 February at the discretion of the Selection Panel. Available only to students of Macquarie University who have been offered a place in the Mentorship program

Time frame:

The successful candidates will be eligible to travel to Israel during January and February 2020.

Application due date:

The application due date will be announced soon.

Selection panel:

The applications will be considered by a panel consisting of:

  • the Dean of the Faculty of Arts (or nominee)
  • the Head of the Department of Ancient History (or nominee)
  • a member of the Ancient History staff with academic interests in the area
  • the Director of the Program for Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Macquarie University.

Applications should be made using this form, and should be sent via email to ancienthistory@mq.edu.au.

This fellowship is normally available to students who have obtained a BA from any tertiary institution in ancient history, archaeology or classical languages. The fellowships are available to students in Australia and New Zealand.  Participation in 2020 will be largely online but we expect that later in the year the fellows will have access to the ACANS facilities.

The fellowship can only be held while the candidate is actually enrolled for a higher degree (including the MRes).  It does not include those planning to enrol in the future.

The fellowship is intended to assist students learn about numismatics with a view to developing wider research strategies.

In 2020 the successful students will be expected to be involved in the following projects:

  1. Corinth and Corinthian colonies research project. A study based on coins held by ACANS
  2. the current research projects of ACANS, notably the Archaic Athenian Coinage Project.
  3. assisting the director with tasks associated with the general running of ACANS.
  4. participation in the online numismatic forum.

NB Because of the current COVID-19 situation it is planned that most activities will be conducted online.  We are hoping that as things improve it will be possible for the junior fellows to get access to the new ACANS premises with the library (including use of a work station) and coin collections.

The total number of hours a fellowship student is expected to work at ACANS is approximately 120 (the number is set according to MQ payment rate for researchers). Unless otherwise arranged the student is expected to complete all hours before the end of the year.

Fellowship value: IN 2020, TWO FELLOWSHIPS ARE OFFERED each with the value approx: AUD $4500.

Applications are due 12.00 midnight, Friday 19 June 2020.

Please download the 2020 ACANS Junior Fellowship application form at the top of the page.

Enquiries:

Ken Sheedy
T: +61 (2) 9850 8807 / (+61) 0450 336 900
E: ken.sheedy@mq.edu.au

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Last updated: 03 Jun 2020