We are pleased to announce the award of the AHA-Copyright Agency Travel and Writing Bursaries for recipients to attend the AHA conference at the Federation University Australia, Ballarat, 4–8 July, 2016. The decisions were made by judges Melanie Oppenheimer, Kate Darian-Smith and Melissa Harper.
Funding for this Scheme is generously provided by the Copyright Agency, an Australian copyright management company that provides a bridge between creators and users of copyright material. The Copyright Agency represents authors, journalists, visual artists, surveyors, photographers and newspaper, magazine and book publishers as their non-exclusive agent to license the copying of their works to the general community. The AHA provides support by waiving the conference registration fee and conducting workshops and a mentoring program for successful applicants.
22 applications were received for the 10 available bursaries this year with applicants located in all Australian states. In reaching its decision the committee tried to balance questions of merit, need and potential benefit to the applicant, and were conscious of having to leave many deserving applicants unsupported.
Those awarded full bursaries are Bryce Abraham (University of Newcastle), Jesse Buck (Australian National University), Erica Cervini (Victoria University, Australia), Liz Downes (La Trobe University), James Dunk (University of Sydney), Emma Kluge (University of Sydney), Rohan Lloyd (James Cook University), Anthony Lunt (University of Western Australia), Imogen Wegman (University of Tasmania) and Helen Bones (Western Sydney University) and Laura Stanley (Victoria University, Australia) who were awarded a half bursary each.
The AHA has also invited the following applicants to participate in the mentoring and workshop scheme: Gretel Evans (University of Melbourne), Matthew Haultain-Gall (University of New South Wales), Rebecca Le Get (La Trobe University) and James Lesh (University of Melbourne).
We congratulate all recipients in such a competitive field and recognise many excellent applicants missed out. We hope they will consider applying in future years.