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 2016 round:
- Mr Steven Jones, a PhD candidate in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of New South Wales, will research the effectiveness of parliamentary oversight in Defence procurement.
- Ms Georgia Allen, who is undertaking a Masters of Law at the University of Sydney, will be conducting research on the Senate electoral system, and
- Mr Mohammad Suleiman, a PhD candidate in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University, will examine Australia’s anti-terrorism laws.
Past Scholarship research