Visiting Fellowships

Rev Edward Griffith - Source: State Library of Queensland, Image number 34459

We invite applications from established historians in this field and from innovative scholars in a discipline relevant to digital history to join us for a period as Visiting Fellow.

About Harry Gentle and the Fellowships

Harry Gentle was a Griffith University alumnus who studied politics and history in the 1980s in the Griffith School of Humanities. He left a generous bequest upon his death to support the ongoing study of Australian history to the 1850s. As a result of the bequest, the newly established Harry Gentle Resource Centre at Griffith University is developing a portal of research dedicated to the study of the peoples and lands of Australia, with an initial focus on the area that became Queensland in 1859. We are looking for innovative approaches in digital humanities to documenting, representing and interpreting that history.

Our aim is to offer a portal of interactive resources, research publications, commentaries and research aids to facilitate access to published and unpublished information for this period, which represents an era of intercultural encounters. We seek to document particularly the lives and experiences of those persons, groups and organisations that have not been the subject of historical investigation. We acknowledge the diverse people, groups and claims on country that made up the early colonial period, including convicts and free-born, Indigenous diplomats, resisters, interpreters and guides, shipwrecks and settlers, religious and military – the whole range of contributors to a new era.

We invite applications from established historians in this field and from innovative scholars in a discipline relevant to digital history to join us for a period as Visiting Fellow, and contribute to the aims of the Harry Gentle Resource Centre. The work may focus on social, economic, geographic, literary, or other dimensions of that period and will contribute to our developing portal, and possibly to a special edition of Queensland Review in 2019 and other publications.

Fellowship specifications

A visiting Fellowship is available for commencement in April 2018. We offer shared office space, staff access to Griffith University resources and the growing digital resources of the Harry Gentle Resource Centre. An honorarium of $5,000 is attached to each Visiting Fellowship. A relocation airfare may also be included. The duration of the Fellowship is flexible up to a period of one year.

The Harry Gentle Resource Centre is located within the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, and Visiting Fellows will have the opportunity to engage in the Centre’s research events and culture. A Visiting Fellow will be asked to present a public lecture towards the end of their tenure and to contribute to our publication output in print and digital forms. We also expect Visiting Fellows to interact with Higher Degree Research students, and our Early Career Researchers.

How to apply

Please send us a proposal outlining the project you intend to complete during the Fellowship. Applications should be submitted by 31 March 2018. For more information and discussions about suitable topics please contact the Director of the Harry Gentle Resource Centre Professor Regina Ganter on 3735 7238 or via email at

The Fellowship application should include:

  • Personal details of the applicant (name, contact details, etc.)
  • A biographical note and short CV (2 pages)
  • Title of the project and abstract (up to 100 words)
  • Key words (up to 5 words)
  • Detailed description of the project (up to 500 words)
  • Proposed project timeline (up to 200 words)
  • Research outcomes and results (up to 200 words)
  • Attach a key research output, or an excerpt of at least 1000 words
  • Indication of research progression – has this project commenced? Have you applied to other funding bodies?
  • Referees (2)