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, the Scholar is able to research a subject in an area of public policy that is relevant to the Parliament, and which is of mutual interest both to the Scholar and to 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 Scholar works 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.
Applications are open to Honours students and postgraduate tertiary students engaged in a range of disciplines. Applications for the 2014 Summer Research Scholarship program have now closed.
2014 Summer Scholars
The Parliamentary Librarian awarded two scholarships for the 2014 round of the Library’s Summer Research Scholarship Program. The successful scholars were:
- Ms Louise St Guillaume, a PhD candidate in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, and
- Ms Marija Taflaga, who is undertaking a PhD in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University.
Ms St Guillaume assessed the accessibility of the new National Disability Insurance Scheme for Newstart Allowance recipients with a partial capacity to work, and the scope of the scheme to address their needs.
Ms Taflaga is working on a paper titled ‘“Garden of opportunity”: the Liberal Party’s approach to planning for government, 1983-1993’.
Past Scholarship research