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Request for approval of funding to support external visitors at the Research School of Humanities & the Arts - 2017

Guidelines for Funding

The Research School of Humanities & the Arts (RSHA) seeks to promote its activities to the widest audience.

Funds are available to support distinguished external visitors to RSHA to undertake fellowships or to participate in public lectures, conferences, seminars, exhibitions, performances, forums and cross-College collaborations. Visitors for 2017 are now being considered. Please note there is no longer funding available for 2016 visitors.

Academic continuing and fixed term staff are invited to submit proposals to fund initiatives which have a high RSHA profile or content. The RSHA contribution should not normally exceed $10,000 and only travel and accommodation costs will be supported. Please note that the University does not normally fund business or premium economy fares, see

Standard accommodation rates at University House for short stays and at Liversidge apartments for long stays is preferred. Internal ANU accommodation rates should be requested when obtaining quotes.

Co-sponsorship of events is encouraged. Funding will not be provided for retrospective events.

All funds must be spent and cleared by Financial Shared Services by early December in the year applied for, (i.e. funding for a 2017 visitor must be cleared by early December 2017).
Proposals will be considered by the RSHA External Visitor Support Sub-Committee.

The closing dates in 2016 are Friday 29th April 2016 (completed) and Friday 28th October 2016. Closing dates will be strictly adhered to, except in unusual circumstances with written permission of the Chair, Director, RSHA.

Please note that this call for proposals is separate to other RSHA conference and visiting fellow initiatives, for example the Humanities Research Centre activities.

How to submit a proposal

The following broad criteria will be used to assess proposals:

  • What will be the outcome of the project? What publications, research opportunities, educational or other benefits (e.g. publicity) will come from the project for the RSHA?
  • Will the project raise the profile of the RSHA?
  • Will the project attract other external funding or collaborations? Applicants are encouraged to discuss this with their Head of School when developing their applications.
  • Does the project attract broad CASS and ANU expertise and involvement? Applicants are encouraged to seek strong cross-School collaborations.
  • All projects are expected to include a public component to activities, such as a public lecture, seminar, workshop, exhibition or performance.
  • Can the visitor collaborate with the HRC in a seminar, lecture or workshop? Applicants are encouraged to discuss visitor applications with the Head of the HRC, Professor William Christie, and include plans in their applications.
  • Have applicants submitted reports of past visitor funding (if relevant), with details of evidence of impact?

A one page summary should include the following information:

  • Applicant/s details;
  • Type of activity;
  • Proposed date/s and venue;
  • Proposed participants;
  • Rationale for the visit;
  • Co-sponsorship, either proposed or confirmed;
  • Proposed outcomes, including collaborations and activities;
  • List of outcomes from previous RSHA External Visitor funding application (if relevant).

Attachments to support your application should include:

  • Participant CV’s;
  • Proposed budget, including amount requested from RSHA;
  • Copies of quotes for airfares and accommodation;
  • Written confirmation from participants with in-principle agreement that they will attend subject to available funding;
  • Written confirmation of co-sponsorship from other funding bodies and/or venues availability (if applicable);
  • Attachments that support evidence of outcomes from previous RSHA External Visitor funding application (if relevant).

Applications should be submitted to your Head of School for approval at least one week before the advertised Research School closing date for consideration. Your Head of School will email endorsements to the RSHA Directorate before the closing date.

Before the advertised closing day you should also submit your application and attachments electronically to:

Rosemary Shepherd
Executive Assistant to the Director
Research School of Humanities & the Arts
Sir Roland Wilson Building 120

Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by return email.

Updated: 12 September 2016/ Responsible Officer:  Director, RSHA / Page Contact:  Web developer