State based Fellows' initiatives

About the State based Fellows' initiatives

The State-based Fellows' initiatives will fund a Fellow or Fellows from an academy branch to convene events (such as workshops, public lectures, debates and roundtables) that address a state-based issue or an issue of local significance. Book launches are outside the ambit of this program.

These events may be held by local Fellows of the academy (ASSA) collaborating with other organisations. Hosting Fellows may attract financial support to supplement funds granted by ASSA.

ASSA particularly welcomes proposals for events held not only in state/territory capitals but also in regional centres. ASSA encourages the convenors to include as speakers early career researchers and/or research students from relevant disciplines.

How to apply

A two page (maximum) proposal should be sent to the Secretariat to be reviewed by the Public Forums Committee. The proposal can be sent either through the post or electronically and is to include:

  • proposed topic and type of event(s)
  • names and contact details of convenor(s)
  • themes and objectives, topics for discussion, speakers
  • proposed venue(s)
  • names and contact details of collaborating organisations – including contact details – and the role they will play in the event(s)
  • indicative budget of 4-5 lines, within the total grant maximum of $2,000.

The academy wishes to encourage activity by Fellows within each state/territory. For this reason, proposers who seek money to pay for an interstate airfare should take care to justify choosing a speaker from outside the state/territory that would host the proposed activity. To spend money on transport and accommodation expenses incurred by travel within a state/territory does not require justification (though an estimate of costs is still required). ASSA would especially welcome proposals that venture beyond state/territory capital cities.

ASSA will not fund administration costs. For events held in collaboration with a local partner organisation, administration should be provided (and publicly acknowledged) as in-kind support.

Applications may be submitted at any time. Fellows who are successful in obtaining a grant need to invoice the Academy to receive their grant; it should be noted that invoices will not be processed in the period 1 June – 15 July because of end of financial year accounting processes.

The academy will require a brief report (c. two paragraphs) on the event(s) within three weeks of their completion, to be published.

Applications need to be sent to:

  • Mrs Sunita Kumar
  • Program Manager- Public Forums and Communications
  • sunita.kumar [at]
  • +61 .2 62491788

For applications to be sent by mail the address is:

  • Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
  • GPO Box 1956
  • Canberra ACT 2601
  • Australia