Since 2013 the Summer Research Scholarship has been made available to honours and post-graduate tertiary students who wish to undertake research at the Parliamentary Library at the Australian Parliament. Most broadly, Scholars are able to research a subject that is relevant to the Parliament, and which is of mutual interest to both the Scholars and the Parliamentary Library.
Purpose of the Summer Scholarship
The purpose of the Summer Scholarship is to:
- Contribute to scholarship on the Parliament and its work
- Increase awareness of the Parliamentary environment
- Help build relevant research expertise, and
- Promote the work of the Parliamentary Library and its potential as a future employer
Management of the Summer Scholarship
The Summer Research Scholars work on their projects in the Research Branch of the Parliamentary Library, within the Department of Parliamentary Services, for a period of six weeks. The Summer Scholarship is managed by the Parliamentary Library on behalf of the Parliament through the Joint Standing Committee on the Parliamentary Library.
The Parliamentary Librarian has awarded three scholarships for the 2015 round:
- Ms Scarlet Wilcock, a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales, will research welfare fraud and overpayment in Australia
- Mr Peter Burnett, who is undertaking a PhD in the college of Law at the Australian National University, will compile a history of environmental policy objectives in Australia since 1970, and
- Ms Christine Reghenzani, a PhD candidate in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at James Cook University, will examine six decades of policy change relating to women in the Australian Defence Force.
Past Scholarship research