Victoria University Foley Collection Research Scholarship 2018

Victoria University (VU) is seeking applications from potential research students who want to undertake a research project utilising The Foley Collection and the Aboriginal History Archive at VU. In keeping with the principles of Black Power and Self-determination, Moondani Balluk seeks to use the tools of research to pursue decolonisation. In particular, we seek that our research:

enhances Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s wellbeing and community empowerment
intersects with, and is informed by, the Aboriginal History Archive to ensure that relevant historical context is given to all our research programs to aid in the positive social impact of our work. 

Housed at Victoria University, the Aboriginal History Archive is Australia’s first and only scholarly digital archive on the Aboriginal Black Power, Land Rights and Self-Determination Movement. Built around The Foley Collection, which is itself considered one of the most comprehensive Indigenous history resources in the world, the Aboriginal History Archive is an extensive archive of nearly 500,000 items documenting over half a century of Aboriginal activism. Much of the material in the archive has been gathered and curated by Professor Gary Foley during his extensive civic participation as a political dissident and in the development of organisations critical to increasing Aboriginal engagement and representation in Australia. The material in the archive charts the revolution in organisational philosophies, processes and structures that have taken place as well as government and bureaucratic responses to both.

The goal of the Foley Collection Scholarship is to support research on the material in the Aboriginal History Archive with the objective of illuminating the past to better inform current debate on the nature of Australian racism and Aboriginal Affairs. In particular, we seek to support historical research that will assist in the development of a better understanding of the processes of colonisation, neo-liberalism/capitalism and the nature of the state as well as strategies of transformation, communication and resistance. 


The annual stipend is $35,000 per annum for two years for the Masters degree and three years for the PhD degrees, plus a tuition-fee free place for the maximum duration of the degree.


Applications will be considered for entry into either a PhD, PhD (Integrated) or a Masters by research.

Applicants may be Indigenous or non-Indigenous Australians, however priority may be given to Indigenous Australian applicants. 

Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 30 November 2017.

Before applying, contact Professor Foley via email on to gain insight into the Aboriginal History Archive and Moondani Balluk’s broader research program.

Then complete the online application form (external link).