Summer Research Scholarship Program

Applications for the 2018 Parliamentary Library Summer Research Scholarship are now closed.

About the 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.

Benefits of the scholarship

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.

When does the scholarship occur?

Scholars are based in the Parliamentary Library in Canberra for a period of six weeks from early January until mid-February. Scholars submit their research report by late April. The scholarship cannot be undertaken at an alternative time.

Parliamentary Library Summer Research Scholars

Recipients of the Australian Parliamentary Library Summer Research Scholarship

Published scholar reports

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