Now open—applications for the 2019 Summer Research
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
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
- interact with subject-matter experts and
- be guided by a mentor who will provide advice during the
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
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
- 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.
In 2019, the Library is seeking
applications from students who have an interest in and knowledge of the
following topics or a related area:
and public administration
- Does people’s engagement with Parliament (participation in
committee inquiries, petitions) reflect the reported decline in engagement
with/trust in democracy?
- A summary and analysis of the High Court cases over 2017–18 on
section 44 of the Constitution.
- Great Barrier Reef – outlook for the reef in terms of stressors
such as increased water temperature, run-off, Crown-of-Thorns etc.
- The growing issue of antimicrobial resistance, and the
effectiveness of attempts to deal with it globally and in Australia.
- Loss of trust in science and scientific experts, the rise of
internet-enabled expertise and the active dismissal of reality-based science.
affairs, defence and security
- China’s economic engagement in Australia’s power generation and
- Security challenges in the Pacific.
- Australia’s autonomous sanctions regime.
- Competition for Antarctic territory.
- Health literacy, consumer-centred care or consumer choice in
one or more Australian Government health or disability programs (e.g. aged
care, National Disability Insurance Scheme, Health Care Homes, private health
- An examination of different models for an Indigenous voice to
parliament (as proposed in the Uluru Statement from the Heart).
- A chronology of Australian Government labour market programs.
- A chronology and critical analysis of Australian foreign
investment laws in real property and corporate securities since Federation.
- History and current status of treaty arrangements in the Timor
- Analysis of long-term trends in home ownership using census
- What are the key drivers of wages growth in Australia?
- What might the consequences for Australia be of a trade war
between USA and China?
- What is driving economic growth in Australia?
When does the scholarship occur?
Scholars are based in the Parliamentary Library in Canberra
from Monday 7 January until Friday 15 February 2019. Scholars submit their
research report on or before Friday 26 April 2019. The scholarship cannot be
undertaken at an alternative time.
For further information, including answers to frequently
asked questions, details on eligibility, and the application form, download a
copy of the 2019 Application Kit
If you would like to discuss the 2019 Parliamentary Library
Summer Research Scholarship further, please contact:
Submitting my application
Applications for the 2019 Parliamentary Library Summer
Research Scholarship will close at midnight on Sunday 23 September 2018.
Applications are to be submitted by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applications will be acknowledged within one working day
of receipt. No late applications will be considered.
Please note applicants must be Australian citizens and enrolled in postgraduate studies at the time of the scholarship.
Past scholarship research
scholar reports from previous years
Recipients of the Australian Parliamentary Library Summer Research Scholarship