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Gadi Fellowships Call for Applications is now open

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) in partnership with the University of Sydney is currently offering University of Sydney academics and postgraduate students an opportunity to apply for a limited number of AIATSIS based Fellowships to support research and study and build knowledge and understanding of the AIATSIS collection. The Visiting Fellowships are part of the AIATSIS Yumalundi Visitor Program, and are called the Gadi Fellowships. ‘Yumalundi’ means ‘welcome’ in the language of the Ngunnawal of the Canberra region on whose Country AIATSIS is built.

The Gadi Fellowship is named to honour the Gadigal, on whose Country the main Camperdown campus of The University of Sydney is built. Gadi is the word for grass tree or Xanthorrhoea in the language of the Gadigal. It is a befitting name for a program that supports University of Sydney Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars, students and community to come to Canberra to use and grow the AIATSIS collection and engage with our researchers and staff. 

The Gadi Fellowships are targeted specifically to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and students from the University of Sydney to come to AIATSIS and complete a project based on the AIATSIS collection.

Fellowships may support an existing research program or new project in any field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research. 

Projects may involve accessing the collection generally; however projects that focus on a particular collection or group of items are strongly encouraged.  AIATSIS collections staff can assist you identify items within the AIATSIS collection of relevance to your area of research, and provide guidance on timeframes for access to material should you be successful.

Available funding

Funding of up to $8,000 (excluding GST) is available per fellow for projects running for up to 8 weeks.

This includes funding of up to $6,500 in living allowance to assist with living costs and up to $1,500 in travel allowance to pay for economy class airfares and associated travel expenses.

Up to five Fellowships will be awarded during the 2021 funding round.

The timing of the fellowship visit to AIATSIS will be negotiated to suit the applicant and the AIATSIS Collections schedule.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, you must:

  • be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander researcher or postgraduate student at the University of Sydney
  • apply as an individual (joint applications will not be considered).

How your application will be assessed

You will be assessed on:

  • your relevant skills and professional record
  • the quality of your proposed project
  • the likely benefits the fellowship will provide to you, the University of Sydney and to AIATSIS

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