The National Library is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2024 National Library of Australia Scholarships.

The 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 six-week residency.

Six scholarships have been awarded in 2024.


Seymour Summer Scholarship

Ms Zoe Smith, Australian National University
‘The Woman Always Pays’: Cultural Understandings of Domestic Violence in Colonial Women’s Writings, 1880-1914

Professor Robert and 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 generous donors

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

Thank you

The Library would like to acknowledge all our generous donors who support the Scholarships program.

On behalf of donors and the Fellowships Advisory Committee, the Library thanks all applicants to the 2024 Summer Scholarship program. Successful recipients were drawn from a strong field of applications, and unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to apply again for the next program.  


In 2024, the Scholarships program marks its 23rd year supporting postgraduate research from the next generation of Australian scholars. Since 2002, more than 90 Australian postgraduate students have taken part in the program, undertaking a six-week residency in Canberra with special and supported access to the Library’s extensive national collections.   

During their time at the Library, Scholars also have access to full office facilities including a personal workstation, and are provided with $6000 for use as a stipend, travel and accommodation support.