Further funding for AHA/Copyright Agency Bursary Scheme

We are pleased to announce that the AHA has secured funding to run the AHA-Copyright Agency Bursary Scheme for a further three years, 2017-2019.

The Scheme has been running since 2009 and has attracted 315 applications from emerging historians, either currently enrolled in a PhD program at a university or working as an independent scholar. It has ensured that 80 of these historians have been able to attend an AHA annual conference and the workshop and mentoring sessions run by the AHA as part of the scheme. A further 19 historians have benefitted from the workshops and mentoring sessions.

Workshops and mentoring sessions guide participants through the practical considerations of preparing a paper for presentation, and on turning that paper into a publishable article. Workshops provide networking opportunities with other emerging historians as well as industry experts. Mentoring provides tangible career boosting benefits by initiating a relationship with a well-respected scholar with an interest in their particular historical field whom participants might not otherwise meet.

Around 40 per cent of participants produce articles of a standard to gain publication in peer-reviewed academic journals. Evidence that the scheme supports a level of quality in historical writing and that the skills participants learn as part of the scheme are retained and transferred to future writing projects is found in the number of participants that have gone on to publishing books, including:

  • Sophie Loy-Wilson, Australians in Shanghai: Race, Rights and Nation in Treaty Port China (Routledge, 2016)
  • Catherine Bishop, Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney (NewSouth, 2015)
  • Jeannine Baker, Australian Women War Reporters: Boer War to Vietnam (NewSouth, 2015)
  • Brett Holman, The Next War in the Air: Britain’s Fear of the Bomber, 1908–1941 (Ashgate, 2014).

The AHA executive committee is proud of the success of the scheme and is very pleased to continue making cash and in-kind contributions to ensure that we offer its demonstrated benefits to emerging historians for another three years.