Parliamentary Library Summer Research Scholarship


Enrolment status Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area All study areas
HDR funding type Grant
Scholarship value $1,800 is awarded on successful completion of the scholarship
Scholarship duration 6 weeks
Number awarded 2
Opening date 26 September 2019
Closing date 16 October 2019


The Parliamentary Library offers two summer research scholarships for postgraduate students each year. Scholars work alongside specialist researchers in the Parliamentary Library in Canberra for a period of six weeks to produce a report on a topic of relevance to the Library’s research program.

The Parliamentary Library is a unique research environment and the Summer Research Scholarship allows scholars to understand and work within this important national institution. The scholarship also gives recipients the opportunity to:

  • build research expertise
  • contribute to scholarship on the Parliament and its work
  • receive training and access the Library’s specialist collections and databases
  • interact with subject-matter experts and
  • be guided by a mentor who will provide advice during the scholarship.

Recipients of the Parliamentary Library Summer Research Scholarship:

  • are based in the Parliamentary Library for a period of six weeks
  • present a short work-in-progress seminar and
  • produce a research report of 5,000–8,000 words (see below for topics).

Summer Research Scholars also participate in a number of activities during the scholarship period, including:

  • an induction program where scholars learn about the role of the Parliamentary Library, its place in the parliamentary environment, and the purpose and style of its research publications
  • research section meetings as appropriate and other Library activities
  • functions with summer research scholars from the National Library of Australia and the Australian War Memorial and
  • a guided tour of Parliament House.

Upon successful completion of the scholarship, an honorarium of $1,800 is awarded.

When does the scholarship occur?

Scholars are based in the Parliamentary Library in Canberra from Monday 6 January until Friday 14 February 2020. Scholars submit their research report on or before Friday 24 April 2020. The scholarship cannot be undertaken at an alternative time.

Further information

Full information about these scholarships is available on the Parliament of Australia website.

For further information, including answers to frequently asked questions, details on eligibility, and the application form, download a copy of the 2020 Application Kit.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them.

How to apply

Please visit the Parliament of Australia website for details about how to apply.

Selection criteria

Applicants do not need to directly address the selection criteria in their applications, but they should demonstrate the following:

  • a quality research proposal on one of the identified topics or a related topic
  • strong research skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • an ability to work within set guidelines and to deadlines and
  • a capacity to work effectively within a professional research environment.
Applications are closed.


Carlene Dunshea
02 6277 2721
Applications are closed.