History Council of South Australia

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HCSA Research Fellowship

The History Council of South Australia’s (HCSA) Fellowship will provide support for emerging or established historians to undertake research and writing in an area of South Australian history.

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A key objective of the History Council of South Australia (HCSA) is to promote research, writing and publication specifically in the area of South Australian history. To this end, the HCSA is planning to establish an annual Fellowship.

The Fellowship will be funded from the annual interest earnings accrued from a dedicated Fellowship Fund established within the framework of the Australian Cultural Fund. The Fellowship will be awarded annually to an emerging or established historian. Advertised by the HCSA, it will be open to historians resident in Australia or abroad.

The selection of the annual Fellowship holder will be by a competitive process. A requirement of gaining a Fellowship will be for the holder to give a presentation on the research project and its findings at a time and in a format agreed with the HCSA. The HCSA, in addition to funding the Fellowship, will also assist in putting appropriate arrangements in place with the institution(s) where the research activity is to be carried out.

The History Council of South Australia (HCSA) Fellowship will provide support for emerging or established historians to undertake research and writing in an area of South Australian history. Fellowship holders will be expected to make use of the resources and support of the State Library of South Australia and, where appropriate, other South Australian cultural institutions and repositories in pursuing a dedicated program of historical research. Access to relevant resources and support will be facilitated by the HCSA in collaboration with the relevant institution(s).

The Fellowship is open to historians residing in Australia or abroad. The duration of the research work undertaken will be determined by the Fellowship holder in consultation with the HCSA and relevant institutions. It is a requirement of the Fellowship that the holder will make a presentation on the research project at a time and in a format agreed with the HCSA.

The awarded Fellowship will assist emerging or established historians to gain in-depth access to archive collections and the expert staff who manage them. Researchers will also have financial assistance to support their time in South Australia.

The History Council of South Australia (HCSA) is the peak history body in South Australia, promoting history and raising its profile in the state. Incorporated in 2003, HCSA evolved from an informal ‘History Alliance’ initiated by the History Teachers Association of SA in the mid-1990s.

Organisation members include the main bodies concerned with history in this state and many regional historical societies; there is also provision for individual membership. As the HCSA does not receive any support from government at any level, it relies very heavily on the annual membership fees received from its individual and organisation members to support its activities.

There are many ways in which the HCSA promotes history in South Australia. It provides annual awards for practitioners of history, that is, people who write history, curate and stage exhibitions, or make contributions to history in the print, electronic or social media.

It stages annual lectures in Adelaide and rural South Australia to enhance a culture of historical awareness in the state. It informs its members and the wider community of events relating to the practice of historical writing, exhibition and research.

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Greg Slattery

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Marsden Szwarcbord Foundation

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