Geoffrey Bolton History Scholarship

The Geoffrey Bolton Fund is providing one annual $3,000 scholarship as a one-off payment to fund fieldwork for PhD researchers enrolled at Murdoch University who are undertaking original historical research in Australian and/or Indigenous History

Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Bolton AO (1931-2015) has been one of the most iconic and influential figures in Murdoch’s history. He was one of Australia’s most pre-eminent historians, with more than a dozen books published about Australia and the Commonwealth. Professor Bolton was the recipient of several prestigious awards including Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1984 in recognition of distinguished service of a high degree to Australia for his services to education. In 2001, he was presented with a Centenary Medal for services to the Centenary of Federation celebrations in Western Australia. In recognition of his major contribution to Australian history and the community, Professor Bolton was named the WA Australian of the Year in 2006.

On the 21 February 2017, Her Excellency, the Hon. Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia and Murdoch Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen dedicated the Geoffrey Bolton Library as a lasting memorial to Prof Bolton’s contributions to Australian history and his service to Murdoch University. The Geoffrey Bolton Fund was also established as a gift from the Bolton family to provide grants to young scholars to pursue historical research and education.

Funding bodyGeoffrey Bolton Fund
ValueOne-off payment of $3,000

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be a current Murdoch student
  • be an Australian Citizen or Australian Permanent Resident;
  • have had Confirmation of Candidature (CoC) approved
  • be within the allowed enrolment period for the Degree
  • not have submitted your thesis for examination
Selection criteria

Applications must detail the proposed activities, budget, and identify how the research activity will add value to their research project. Preference will be given to students who meet the following criteria:

  1. Employ innovative/ground-breaking methods that open up new fields of inquiry
  2. Focus on WA/Australian history or Indigenous history
  3. Will use funds to gather original source material (e.g. oral histories or archival sources)
Apply by30 September 2018
To apply
  1. Submit a one to two page CV
  2. Write a statement of how the funds will be used, addressing the selection criteria, and a budget for expenditure of funds.
  3. Include a brief reference from a supervisor or relevant colleague who is able to comment on your proposed research activities.
  4. Email your completed application to the Graduate Research Office
ContactPlease direct all questions about this scholarship to Dr Dean Aszkielowicz