Army History Research Grants

Army History Research Grants

Applications for the 2022-23 round of grants are now open.

Applications close at 5 pm on 19 November 2021.

About the Scheme

The Australian Army History Unit (AAHU) values new or unique research that contributes to a deeper understanding of the history of the Australian Army and can contribute to Army’s current and future development and the professional military education of its members. The Australian Army History Research Grants Scheme (referred to as the Scheme) was established in 1993 to support and encourage original research into the history of the Australian Army.

Since its inception, the Scheme has supported over 300 researchers and has a strong record of accomplishment in delivering unique research that promotes and contributes to a deeper understanding of Army’s history. AAHU encourages applications from a broad field of researchers, either individually or as a team.

Grants are available up to a maximum amount of $15, 000 for one year. For significant research projects, multi-year grants are available for up $15, 000 per year for up to three consecutive years (to a maximum of $45, 000). As this Scheme involves the gifting of public monies, it undergoes a rigorous assessment and approval process and requires ministerial approval. The announcement of successful and unsuccessful applications can take 6-9 months from the closing date.

What type of research is supported by the Scheme?

The Scheme aims to encourage and support researchers to undertake substantially new research in the Australian Army’s history, providing new insights, understanding and information on an aspect of Army’s history. All research is to be underpinned by rigorous scholarship and evidence, and be available to both the Army and the public.

The Scheme is intended to contribute to the Australian Army through the delivery of quality, well-researched and analytical work that:

  • Enhances the understanding of Australian military history; 
  • Examines the Australian Army’s development, performance, heritage, and contribution to the Nation in war and peace;
  • Provides insights that are applicable to the Army’s development; and
  • Contributes to the professional military education of Army's members.

Research supported by the Scheme must have as its primary focus, the history of the Australian Army. Please note that research focusing on pre-Federation military forces may be considered if they can demonstrate direct relevance to the modern Australian Army. Areas of research supported by the Scheme include:

  • Operational research and battle studies;
  • Leadership and command;
  • Corps, Division, Brigade and Unit histories;
  • Research on Australian Army doctrine or the Australian Army as an organisation;
  • Specific problems that the Australian Army has faced on one or more occasions;
  • Diversity within the Australian Army;
  • Biographies of significant individuals that have contributed to the development of the Australian Army as an organisation, or through doctrine or operations;
  • Social and cultural histories of or directly related to the Australian Army; and
  • History of Australian Army heritage.

Applications should be analytical rather than narrative based, and offer new or unique insights into the history of the Australian Army. Applicants are to identify how the project will enhance and extend understanding of the history of the Australian Army whilst demonstrating relevance and utility to the Army’s development.

How to apply

To apply, carefully review the Guidance for Applicants document and  complete The Army History Research Grants Scheme Application Form. Please ensure that your Referee submits The Army History Research Grants Scheme Referee Report. Submit your application and supporting documents to AAHU.Grants@defence.gov.au.  

The Guidance for Applicants document outlines the research supported by this Scheme, how to complete your application and the assessment process conducted by the Australian Army History Unit to determine the successful grants. The Independent Assessment Panel will not assess projects that fall outside the scope of this Scheme.

Application Form and Guidance

Guidance for Applicants

The Army History Research Grants Scheme Application Form

The Army History Research Grants Scheme Referee Report

The Army History Research Grants Scheme Assessment

Previous Successful Applicants

Information can be found at the links below on previous successful applicants and the titles of their grant projects.

Previous successful applicants include contemporary Official Historians, eminent Australian and international military historians, amateur local historians, Honours and PhD students, military history authors and current serving army members. Members of the Australian Army History Unit are ineligible to apply.