HDR Fellowship Scheme

Fellowship details

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) offers a limited number of fellowships for University of Queensland doctoral candidates and MPhil students who wish to take part in the intellectual life of the Institute within one of its research units.

Founded in July 2015, IASH seeks to promote high level research in traditional humanities disciplines such as history, philosophy, and literature, while also engaging with more recent developments in the humanities, including cultural studies, communication, and science communication. The Institute consists of a number of full-time research-focused academics, postdoctoral fellows, faculty fellows, and visiting fellows. Areas of research focus include intellectual and literary history, history of science, and critical and cultural studies. The Institute is also home to a 5-year Australian Research Council Laureate project on Science and Secularization, led by Professor Peter Harrison, the Institute Director.

The IASH HDR fellowships are granted for one semester, and provide a chance for graduate students to be located in a research-intensive institute where they will benefit from the collegial and interdisciplinary environment of IASH. As well as being physically located in IASH, successful applicants will have the opportunity to present part of their work in progress, receive feedback on their research, and partake in the Institute’s regular master classes and work in progress seminars. This is an excellent opportunity for graduate students who are well-advanced in their research to concentrate on writing their dissertation, develop their academic network, and be exposed to new ideas in a collegial environment. The fellowships are specifically designed to encourage the timely completion of the HDR Fellow’s dissertation rather than delay it.

HDR Fellows will be assigned a desk and use of the Institute’s facilities for the term of the fellowship. HDR Fellows will also be allocated a mentor within IASH. Existing arrangements with current supervisors and schools will continue during the fellowship. These fellowships do not include financial support, and taking up the fellowship does not in any way alter or defer a candidate’s scholarship, which will continue as normal.

Recipients are required to be in residence during the period of their fellowship and to participate in the IASH seminar program, specifically HDR Work in Progress seminars (WIPS), as well as other Institute activities occurring during the applicant’s residency. HDR supervisors will also be invited to attend any Institute activities involving their students.

At the end of the research period fellows will be required to provide a brief report of the goals accomplished during the tenure of the fellowship, including a list of any publications or material being prepared for publication, arising out of research conducted while a HDR Fellow at IASH. This will be circulated among IASH staff members as well as the HDR Fellow’s supervisor, Postgraduate Coordinator, and HDR Liaison Officer. A meeting will also be arranged between the HDR Fellow, the IASH mentor, and the Fellow’s supervisory team in order to discuss the achievements of the term.

Fellowships will be offered twice a year. Applications must be received by 31 May or 1 November (to be considered for the following semester). Applications will open approximately four weeks prior to the closing date, at which time the Application Requirements will become available here.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to get in touch with the Fellowship Coordinator at iash.ea@uq.edu.au prior to applying.

All enquiries should be directed to iash.ea@uq.edu.au in the first instance from where they will be redirected to the relevant person.