Deep Human History – Laureate PhD Scholarship


The School of History in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences may offer three scholarships known as the Deep Human History Laureate PhD Scholarship to support students while they undertake a PhD in Indigenous Australian history at the University.

The project will transform the scale and scope of history.  Australia's epic Indigenous narratives will be analysed alongside relevant new scientific evidence, to create a big picture history of Greater Australia/Sahul.  Fresh periodizations and understandings will reorient this history in its wider global context.  Critiquing the evolution of disciplines, especially the world history/prehistory divide and the Cambridge training nexus, we will develop future-oriented transdisciplinary techniques for researching the deep human past.

Postgraduate students will concentrate on a particular regional Focus Area and will address the recuperation of knowledge from linguistic and museum collections and undertake reconnection and repatriation with custodians in connected landscapes.  Focus Area research and Symposium development will be matched to the particular areas of expertise, interest and networks of the recruit. 

Field of study

Australian Indigenous History


The award will be available each year to a prospective student who is:

  • a domestic or international student;
  • enrolling full-time in a program of study for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the School of History at the Australian National University;
  • interested in working closely with Indigenous communities; and
  • is willing to work in an interdisciplinary team and able to travel to undertake fieldwork and attend conferences.


The scholarship offers a stipend of $31,082 per annum paid fortnightly in arrears.

Successful international candidates will also be awarded an HDR Fee Remission Merit Scholarship, to cover the International Student Fees for the standard duration of the research program, subject to the student being ranked as competitive in a merit‐based selection process.

A recipient is eligible to receive a reimbursement of up to $500 for costs associated with the production of the thesis.

Recipients are also eligible for paid medical, maternity/paternity leave.

How to apply

Applications are completed and submitted via the "Apply Now" link at the top of this page.