Applications are now open for the Academy’s Rechnitz Fund with grants of up to $20,000 available to support early- and mid-career Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars working in any field of the social sciences.

The grants program will provide funding for research projects of up to two years across all social science disciplines, from anthropology, history and sociology to economics, psychology and law.

Applications are open until 13 May and will be assessed by an expert panel comprising both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous scholars.

Applications are open to established social science researchers within 15 years of their most recent research qualification, higher-degree research students enrolled in Masters or PhD programs and experienced professional researchers who may not have formal academic qualifications.

To be eligible, applicants must confirm their identification as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, confirm their status as an early- or mid-career researcher (which includes consideration of relevant career gaps) and provide a letter of support from their supervisor (for students) or head of department or school.

Applications for the 2024 program are due by COB Monday 13 May. Application guidelines and an application form are available on the Academy’s website.