AHA/Copyright Agency Postgraduate Conference Bursaries

Funding opportunity for postgraduate students and independent historians

The Australian Historical Association (AHA) in association with the Copyright Agency offers travel and writing bursaries linked to the AHA annual conference.

The bursaries are intended to encourage and support emerging historians who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference.

Applications for the 2020 round of bursaries open in January and closed 13 March 2020. 

This Bursary is no longer offered.


The bursary, valued at $800 per applicant, provides financial assistance to conference participants. The bursary is to be used to cover travel and accommodation; the conference registration fee will be waived.

Funding for this scheme is generously provided by the Copyright Agency, an Australian copyright management company that provides a bridge between creators and users of copyright material. Copyright Agency represents authors, journalists, visual artists, surveyors, photographers and newspaper, magazine and book publishers as their non-exclusive agent to license the copying of their works to the general community.

Monies will be paid to recipients by electronic funds transfer or cheque in the week following the conference.

Workshops and mentoring

The workshops and mentoring will be conducted by experienced historians and will assist bursary recipients to turn their conference paper into a journal article.


This bursary scheme is open to postgraduate students and independent scholars in the fields of history, heritage and museum studies who have little or no institutional support to cover their attendance at the annual AHA conference.

Interested applicants who have already submitted abstracts to the conference and/or paid their registration can still apply – their registration will be refunded if successful.

Local students who do not need travel and accommodation but would like to participate in the mentoring and workshops program may also apply for one of the limited number of mentoring only bursaries available.

Terms and conditions

The bursaries will support ten scholars to attend the conference, present papers within the overall conference program and participate in follow-up mentoring which will be held during the conference. Recipients are required to:

  • submit the abstract of their conference paper by the abstract submission deadline
  • submit their draft conference paper to their mentor in June 2019, so that he/she has time to provide comments before the conference starts
  • attend two writing workshops (scheduled for 1.30-3pm on the Monday and Friday of the conference)
  • meet with their allocated mentor during the week of the conference at a mutually convenient time
  • submit a revised article to the journal agreed on by the recipient and their mentor by 30 November 2020: a submission acknowledgement email to be forwarded to the AHA
  • advise the AHA if and when the article is accepted for publication


Applicants should complete the application form and send it as an email attachment to the AHA Executive Officer at executive@theaha.org.au (subject line ‘AHA-Copyright Agency Bursary 2020’).

All applications will be acknowledged by email. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email.

Applications will be assessed by three judges nominated by the AHA Executive Committee. Late applications will not be accepted. The decision of the AHA will be final and no correspondence will be entered into or feedback given.