This scholarship is open to Indigenous Australian applicants who are interested in undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Newcastle e

Indigenous History Project PhD Scholarship

30 July 2014

This scholarship is open to Indigenous Australian applicants who are interested in undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Newcastle examining an important aspect of Protection/Welfare Board history – the transition from the Protection Board era (1883 - 1940) to that of the Welfare Board (1940 - 1969).

Research Background and Project Overview

'The NSW Aborigines Protection/Welfare Board, 1883 -1969: A History'

Between 1883 and 1967 the lives of Aboriginal people in NSW were in the hands of the NSW Aborigines Protection/Welfare Board. The impact of the Board's systematic control over Aboriginal communities through policies of segregation, assimilation, child removal and wage withholding would endure for decades, and the negative results of those government directives are still being measured today. To date, however, no substantive history of the NSW Aborigines Protection/Welfare Board exists. This project will provide such a history, based on extensive archival and oral history research. Holding critical importance to NSW Aboriginal communities, the project will also target and encourage the development of Indigenous historians in the process.

The successful PhD Scholarship recipient will examine an important aspect of Protection/Welfare Board history – the transition from the Protection Board era (1883 - 1940) to that of the Welfare Board (1940 - 1969). What significant if any changes were undertaken in 1940 with the change of name? What happened or didn't happen on the ground for Aboriginal people? Were Aboriginal people included in any decision making process of the new Board? There are some tantalising questions to be examined in this crucial time period and would serve as a great spring board for an aspiring Indigenous historian to undertake under the guidance of Professor John Maynard and Associate Professor Victoria Haskins.

Scholarship Details

One scholarship is available to an Indigenous Australian , who will be supported with a stipend to the value of $25,392 per annum in 2014 (tax free and indexed annually). The scholarship will be paid fortnightly for a period of 3 years, with the possibility of a 6 month extension. Students will also receive a laptop and $1,500 per annum for research expenses. Funding will also be made available to assist with relocation and establishment.

Scholarship Eligibility 

This scholarship is available to Indigenous Australians only. Eligible candidates will be undertaking their research full-time and have a Bachelor Degree with Honours Class One or have equivalent qualifications and/or experience.

Application procedure

Apply via the Domestic Applicants application page

You will need to complete the application form and attach all required supporting documentation, including your research proposal, a copy of your CV, academic transcripts and academic publications (if applicable).

You are required to specify in your application that you are applying for an 'Indigenous History PhD Scholarship'.