Summer Research Scholarship Program

Now open—applications for the 2018 Summer Research Scholarship

The Parliamentary Library offers two summer research scholarships for postgraduate students each year. Scholars work alongside specialist researchers in the Parliamentary Library in Canberra for a period of six weeks to produce a report on a topic of relevance to the Library’s research program.

Why should I apply?

The Parliamentary Library is a unique research environment and the Summer Research Scholarship allows scholars to understand and work within this important national institution. The scholarship also gives recipients the opportunity to:

  • build research expertise
  • contribute to scholarship on the Parliament and its work
  • receive training and access the Library’s specialist collections and databases
  • interact with subject-matter experts and
  • be guided by a mentor who will provide advice during the scholarship.

Elements of the scholarship

Recipients of the Parliamentary Library Summer Research Scholarship:

  • are based in the Parliamentary Library for a period of six weeks
  • present a short work-in-progress seminar and
  • produce a research report of 5,000–8,000 words (see below for topics).

Summer Research Scholars also participate in a number of activities during the scholarship period, including:

  • an induction program where scholars learn about the role of the Parliamentary Library, its place in the parliamentary environment, and the purpose and style of its research publications
  • research section meetings as appropriate and other Library activities
  • functions with summer research scholars from the National Library of Australia and the Australian War Memorial and
  • a guided tour of Parliament House.

Upon successful completion of the scholarship, an honorarium of $1,800 is awarded.

Research topics

In 2018, the Library is seeking applications from students who have an interest in and knowledge of the following topics or a related area:

Politics and public administration
  • electoral reform
  • current issues in public administration
Environment and resources
  • climate change and greenhouse gas reduction policies—mitigation and adaptation
  • water management—domestic, industrial, agricultural, commercial
Foreign affairs, defence and security
  • the future utility of the ANZUS alliance—risks, benefits, possible alternatives
  • implications for Australia and its region of the UN Agenda 2030/Sustainable Development Goals
Social policy
  • building an evidence base through an international review of recent reforms in school education
  • reviewing the literature around disability employment programs to assess what works and what does not
  • examination of the operation of section 44 of the Constitution in light of recent cases/developments
  • source taxation and the practical implementation of the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project recommendations
Statistics and mapping
  • export creation using trade data—creation of export markets, comparing growth in established/new industries
  • analysis of negative gearing and capital gains tax data
  • models of fiscal equalisation and interjurisdictional transfers
  • becoming trade exposed: the impact of LNG export markets on domestic retail electricity prices

When does the scholarship occur?

Scholars are based in the Parliamentary Library in Canberra from Monday 8 January until Friday 16 February 2018. Scholars submit their research report on or before Friday 27 April 2018. The scholarship cannot be undertaken at an alternative time.

Further information

For further information, including answers to frequently asked questions, details on eligibility, and the application form, download a copy of the 2018 Summer Research Scholars Application Kit.

If you would like to discuss the 2018 Parliamentary Library Summer Research Scholarship further, please contact:

Dr Fiona Allen
Executive Information Officer
Parliamentary Library
+61 2 6277 2721


Ms Sue Johnson
Director—Statistics and Mapping
Parliamentary Library
+61 2 6277 2480

Submitting my application

Applications for the 2018 Parliamentary Library Summer Research Scholarship will close at midnight on Sunday 24 September 2017.

Applications are to be submitted by email to:

All applications will be acknowledged within one working day of receipt. No late applications will be considered.

Past scholarship research

Summer scholar reports from previous years.