Allan Martin Award

The Allan Martin Award is a research fellowship intended to assist early-career historians further their research in Australian history.

The Award commemorates the contribution to Australian History of A. W. Martin (1926-2002), in particular his interest in and encouragement of students and younger colleagues over a lifetime of teaching and research. Allan Martin was a graduate of the University of Sydney and the Australian National University (ANU). He was a member of history departments at the Universities of Melbourne, Adelaide and the ANU, and at La Trobe University he was Foundation Professor of History (1966–73) and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities (1970 and 1971). In addition to many articles, chapters, and conference papers he wrote biographies of Henry Parkes and Robert Menzies.

Applications for 2021 close on 1 December 2020. 

The next Allan Martin Award will be announced in July 2021.

Terms and conditions

Funding of up to $4500 is awarded every year to assist towards the expenses of a research trip (please note ‘Special Conditions for 2021’ below) undertaken in support of a project in Australian history. The research may be undertaken in Australia or overseas. Applicants are required to show how the research is essential to the completion of the project and how the findings will be subsequently published or otherwise made available to the public.

Funds must be spent within two years of the award and the award winner must, on the completion of the project, provide a report of at least one page, detailing the outcomes of the research, to the AHA.

Special conditions for 2021

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and associated border closures, the AHA and ANU have agreed to vary the conditions for the Allan Martin Award for 2021. The research trip requirement has been waived, so that (for instance) applicants may instead propose to undertake research in lockdown conditions or hire local Research Assistants to overcome interstate and international travel restrictions.


The award is available to all early career historians (within five years of the award of their PhD degree), whether academic, professional, or public historians working in museums, war memorials and other institutions.


Applicants are required to complete the application form, and provide a detailed budget for up to $4000 and a two page summary of their research project, its significance and the place of the proposed research trip or associated research measures (see section above ‘Special conditions for 2021’) within it. Written evidence of publishers’ or other sponsors’ willingness to support the project, including with other projected costs, will be considered favourably.

Applications should be emailed to


Applications will be judged by a panel of three comprising two members appointed by the AHA and one appointed by the Head of the ANU School of History. Judges decision will be final.

Previous winners