Jill Roe Early Career Researcher AHA Conference Scholarship Scheme

Funding opportunity for Early Career Researchers. 

The Jill Roe Early Career Researcher AHA Conference Scholarship Scheme supports Early Career Research historians to attend and present at the AHA annual conference. 

Funding for this scheme is made possible by a generous bequest from Professor Emerita Jill Roe (1940–2017), an eminent and much-loved Australian historian who made a very significant contribution to the writing, teaching and public communication of history in Australia and abroad. The scholarship will be available for the 2019, 2020, 2022, and 2023 conferences. 

There will be two final scholarships on offer for the 2024 conference.

Applications open in January and close 31 March.


The scholarship, valued at $1000 per applicant, provides financial assistance to facilitate participation in the AHA annual conference. The money is to be used towards assisting with registration costs, travel and accommodation. 

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


  1. Scholarships will be given to Early Career Researchers in history who have little or no institutional support to cover their attendance at the annual AHA conference.  
  2. Applicants must not be employed full-time by a university or public history institution when the application is submitted. 
  3. Applicants must have their PhD conferred by the application deadline. 
  4. Applicants must be within five years of the completion of their PhD degree. 
  5. Applicants must be members of the Australian Historical Association.
  6. Applicants must reside in Australia. 
  7. (At least) one award will go to a regional applicant. 
  8. Indigenous Early Career Researchers in history are strongly encouraged apply. 
  9. No gender or age criteria are applied. 
  10. Previous scholarship recipients cannot reapply.

Terms and conditions

The bursaries will support scholars to attend the conference and present papers within the overall conference program. 

Recipients are required to submit the abstract of their conference paper by the abstract submission deadline. 

Application Process

Applicants must: 

  1. Complete the application form
  2. Compile a current CV (three page maximum) 
  3. Send their completed application form and CV as email attachments to the AHA Administrative Officer at executive@theaha.org.au by the deadline (subject line ‘Jill Roe Early Career Researcher Scholarship 2024’). 

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 a judging panel 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. 

Closing date

The closing date for the final round of the award is 31 March 2024.