Stephen & Helen Wurm PhD Scholarship in Asia-Pacific Linguistics


Each year the School of Culture History and Language (CHL), in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP), may offer an award known as the Stephen and Helen Wurm PhD Scholarship in Asia-Pacific Linguistics.

This Award provides funding for an outstanding domestic or international student, to enable them to pursue a PhD program in Linguistics, based in the CHL, and study a lesser-described Asia-Pacific language, or languages.

Funding for the Award has been provided by the Wurm Endowment Funds. The endowment was made in 2005 to the Australian National University by Dr Helen Wurm, in memory of her late husband, Professor Stephen Wurm. Professor Wurm was Professor and Head of the Department of Linguistics in the Research School for Pacific and Asian Studies, from its inception in 1957 until his retirement in 1987.

Field of study

Linguistics, based in CHL, and studying a lesser described Asia Pacific language/s


The Award is available to a prospective or continuing domestic or international student, enrolled or enrolling in a full-time in a Doctor of Philosophy program in the School of Culture, History & Language, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, and studying a lesser described Asia Pacific language/s; and has H1, or demonstrated H1 equivalence.


The value of the Award will be stated in the letter of offer.  The Award will be paid in fortnightly instalments unless otherwise stated in the letter of offer.  The Award may contain any, or all, of the followng benefits. 

  1. Overseas Student Health Care Cover: An international recipient of the Award may be eligible for reimbursement of Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the standard program duration, including cover for the recipient's spouse and dependents (where applicable); and/or
  2. Higher Degree Research (HDR) Fee Remission Merit Scholarship: An International recipient may be recommended for an HDR Fee Remission Merit Scholarship to cover the International Student Fees for the standard duration of the PhD program (four years) subject to the recipient being ranked as competitive in a merit-based selection process; and/or.
  3. Stipend Scholarship: A recipient may be awarded a stipend scholarship equivalent to the value of the Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) stipend scholarship. The Award is indexed each year on 1 January.

How to apply

No application for the Wurm PhD Scholarship is required as eligible students who have indicated their interest will be automatically considered.

Further information

All enquiries regarding the Award should be made to:

School of Culture, History and Language
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific