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.

Send your Expression of Interest to the AHA Administrative Officer (

Applications closed 1 December 2023. The Award will be announced in July 2024.

Terms and conditions

Funding of up to $4500 is awarded every year to assist towards the expenses of a research trip 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.


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.


An intention to submit email should be sent prior to the application deadline, to the AHA Executive Officer, ASAP.

Applicants are required to complete the application form, and provide a detailed budget for up to $4500 and a two page summary of their research project, its significance and the place of the proposed research trip or associated research measures 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 by 1 December.


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