Visiting Scholar Fellowships

Each year the US Studies Centre offers a number of stipends for academics to take leave from their home institutions and spend 1-12 months in Sydney. It is an opportunity for scholars to make progress on a serious writing project, engage with the Centre's academics and interact with the larger Australian academic community.

2015 – 2016 Visiting Scholar Fellowships

The US Studies Centre invites applicants for Visiting Scholar Fellowships for 2015-16 (1 June 2015 - 31 May 2016). A small number of stipends of up to $34,000 (AUD) will be available for academics who take leave from their home institutions and wish to spend 1-12 months at the US Studies Centre. To the greatest extent possible, the proposed period of the fellowship should fall in the Australian academic year (August-November 2015; March-June 2016). Funds are meant to supplement sabbatical or other salary; we are unable to provide additional research funds. The deadline for applications is 24 November 2014 for visits to begin as early as June 2015.

Our criteria for selection include:

  • demonstrated evidence of first-rate scholarship on any aspect of American or US studies; 
  • potential synergies with academic staff affiliated with the Centre; and 
  • willingness to interact with the larger Australian academic community. 

We expect that Fellows will use the stipend to make progress on a serious writing project for which the US Studies Centre will be credited for support and will, while in residence, make a formal presentation of the research.

In addition to an office, access to the University of Sydney library, and assistance in traveling to Australia and finding housing, the particular terms of the offer will be negotiated individually depending on duration of the visit and seniority of the candidate. Please note that we are unable to provide separate assistance for spouses or partners.

To apply, please send the following materials electronically to by 24 November 2014:

  1. 3-4 page double-space proposed plan of work 
  2. CV 
  3. The names and email addresses of 2 references
  4. Budget for period proposed 

Successful applicants will be notified by the beginning of February.


2014 – 2015 Visiting Scholar Fellowships


2013 – 2014 Visiting Fellows



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