Announcing the recipients of the 2024 NLA Scholarships and Asia Study Grants

National Library

Congratulations to the 11 recipients of the 2024 National Library of Australia Scholarships and Asia Study Grants.

National Library of Australia Scholarships are available to Australian PhD students, offering recipients the opportunity to further their postgraduate research using material from the Library’s collections over a 6-week residency. The Asia Study Grants program offers academics and PhD students a 4-week residency at the Library focusing on our Asian language and Asia-related collections.

Drawing on the Library’s extensive collections to inform their projects, the 2024 recipients will use the National Library’s unique collections to conduct research into subjects as diverse as Indonesia’s blasphemy laws, libraries and librarians in Indonesia, domestic violence in colonial women’s writings, science and the environment in Chinese children’s literature, how history of the Shoalhaven can inform culturally safe nursing care, and music of Chinese religious rituals in the 18th and 19th centuries.

National Library of Australia Scholarships

Seymour Scholarship

Professor Robert and Mrs Josephine Shanks Scholarship

  • Mr Scott McCarthy, Deakin University – Britishness, Irishness, and Class: Catholic Politicians and the Negotiation of Identity

National Library of Australia Scholarship, supported by a generous anonymous donor

  • Ms Jorien van Beukering, University of Queensland – Subject or Citizen? Unacknowledged Children in Colonial Indonesia (1800-1942)

National Library of Australia First Nations Scholarship, supported by patrons

  • Ms Jacinta Mackay, University of Wollongong – The Aboriginal Narrative of the Shoalhaven’s Colonisation.

Mr Doug Snedden AO and Ms Belinda Snedden Scholarships

  • Mr Tandee Wang, University of California, Santa Barbara – The ‘Smiling Young Asian Student’: Ending Asian Exclusion in the Transpacific, 1950s-1970s
  • Ms Jean Wong, University of Sydney – Forming an Impression of Music Used in Chinese Religious Rituals during the 18th and 19th Centuries.

Asia Study Grants

Supported by Opalgate Foundation

  • A/Prof Olivia Khoo, Monash University – Genealogies of Asian Australian Leadership
  • A/Prof Shih-Wen Chen, Deakin University – Science, Children, and the Environment in Chinese Children’s Literature, 1875-1945
  • Miss Suprawee Asanasak, University of Melbourne – Translation and Transmission of the Thai Legal Tradition

Supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust

  • Dr Anita Dewi, Charles Sturt University – Libraries, Librarianship, and Librarians in Indonesia: The Past and Present
  • Ms Rafiqa Qurrata Ayun, University of Melbourne – Revisiting the Origin of Indonesia’s Blasphemy Law: How Illiberal Politics Shapes the Discriminative Law

Please contact the media team if you would like to interview any of the recipients or find out more about this philanthropic program.

Funded through generous philanthropic support, the National Library of Australia Scholarships and Asia Study Grants programs have encouraged new and innovative research across a range of scholarly and creative disciplines for many years. Since 2002, more than 90 Australian postgraduate students have been awarded a place in the Scholarships program, while more than 110 Asian Studies academics since 2008 have been awarded a grant to research the Library’s Asian language and Asia-related collections.


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