Visiting Scholars Programme


The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) seeks to build lasting and effective relationships with leading scholars from Australia and overseas. IASH fosters high level research in the humanities with a thematic focus on Intellectual and Literary History, Critical and Cultural Studies, the History of Emotions, and Science and Society.

The Visiting Scholars Programme aims to encourage exceptional scholars working in areas relevant to our research strengths to spend a period of time—from one or two weeks to several months—conducting research and collaborating with scholars within the Institute. IASH aims to select a mixture of early, mid, and senior career scholars.

The Programme is ideally suited to scholars who are on sabbatical or research leave and who are interested in collaborating with research staff in IASH, along with colleagues in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

What we will provide

IASH will provide computing facilities and desk space for Visiting Scholars as well as access to the University’s library facilities including online databases.

Scholars who do not have access to travel funds from their own institution or an external funder may make an application for up to $2500 for travel and associated costs. Financial assistance is assessed on a case-by-case basis and only available to visitors who agree to be present and active members of the IASH community.

What we require of a Visiting Scholar

The purpose of the Visiting Scholars Programme is to bring exceptional scholars to the Institute who can contribute to and enrich its intellectual and research activities. Therefore, in addition to conducting their own research, Visitors will be expected to participate in one or more of the following activities:

  • Undertaking collaborative research with Institute Staff
  • Presenting a master class on their work or an area of expertise
  • Presenting a paper in relevant seminar programmes
  • Participating in work-in-progress sessions
  • Giving a formal lecture to the Institute or wider community
  • Attending small informal discussion groups to provide feedback to research students

Visiting Scholars and their collaborators will be required to provide IASH with a brief report on their achievements and outcomes within one month of the completion of the scholarship.

The Institute requests that visiting scholars include IASH as an affiliation in any publications based on work they have conducted during their time as a Visiting Scholar and notify the Institute when relevant items are published.


Applicants would normally have at least a PhD (or equivalent professional experience, research, and publications), and normally have an institutional affiliation to a University or to an equivalent research organisation. Students working to complete a research higher degree are not eligible to apply.

International applicants are strongly encouraged. Visa documents, if required, are the responsibility of the applicant. The University of Queensland will provide a formal letter of invitation to successful applicants which may be used for visa purposes.

While some financial support may be provided to some Visiting Scholars, all applicants will be responsible for their own financial costs during their stay in Brisbane.


Please note: due to uncertainty around travel restrictions at this time, the Visiting Scholars program will be suspended for this year.

Applications open: March/April each year

Applications due: 31 May

Informal notification: 30 June

The Application Guidelines and Procedures are available here during the application period each year.

Visiting Scholars of the Institute and its predecessor Centres.