TARL Scholarships


A list of prizes and scholarships available to archaeology students at JCU

excavation siteThe Tropical Archaeology Research Laboratory Prize is awarded to the Cairns campus student completing a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or coursework masters degree, majoring in Archaeology, who achieves the best overall results.

The value of the scholarship is $200. Previous awardees include Texas Nagel (2013), Samantha Aird (2014), Alison Fitzpatrick (2015), Anna Kreij (2016), Sarah Collins (2017), Tanya Drury (2018), Redbird Ferguson (2019), Joshua Connelly (2020), Georgina Skelly (2021), Samantha Cranwell (2022), Sarah Morgan (2023).

templeThe Tropical Archaeology Research Laboratory Prize is awarded to the Townsville campus student completing a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or coursework masters degree, majoring in Archaeology, who achieves the best overall results.

The value of the scholarship is $200. Previous awardees include Peter Griffin (2017), Tim Russell (2018), Helen Ball (2019), Robyn Blucher (2020), Jessica Hurst (2022).

Richard Brookdale

The Richard Brookdale Scholarship was established by Scarp Archaeology in memory of Richard Brookdale, a friend, keen fieldworker and supporter of archaeology in the communities of the Gulf of Carpentaria for many years, who passed away in 2013. The purpose of the Scholarship is to support a student on the Cairns campus accepted into honours or coursework masters degree with an Australian Indigenous archaeology honours topic.

The value of the scholarship is $2500-$5000. Previous awardees include Samantha Aird (2014), Anna Kreij (2015), Sarah Slater (2016), Cailey Maclaurin (2018), Josh Connelly (2020) and Samantha Cranwell (2022), Josh Connelly (2020), Samantha Cranwell (2022) and Sarah Morgan (2023).

The Greg McIntyre Prize is awarded to the graduating College of Arts, Society and Education student with the most academically outstanding Bachelor Honours or Masters degree who has examined an issue of relevance to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or South Sea Island Culture.

The Greg McIntyre Prize is funded in memory of Elizabeth (Liz) Cookson, a foundation mature aged student at the Cairns, Nguma-bada Campus who died before completing her course. Greg McIntyre was the lawyer who worked most closely with Koiki Mabo over the 10 years leading up to the Mabo Decision in the High Court and was well known and respected by Liz Cookson. He was asked by Mabo and his co-plaintiffs to assemble a legal team and begin a test case after he attended a land rights conference at James Cook University in 1981. Importantly, he also represented the plaintiff in Koowarta V Bjelke-Petersen' in the High Court in 1982 and appeared in the Wik Case.

The value of the scholarship is $600. Previous awardees include Joshua Connelly (2020), Georgina Skelly (2021).

excavationJames Cook University offers different types of competitive research scholarships:

  • Research Training Program Scholarship (RTPS), for domestic applicants only.
  • JCU Postgraduate Research Scholarship (JUCPRS), for both domestic and international applicants.
  • International Research Training Program Scholarship (IRTPS), for international applicants only.
  • Indigenous Research Training Program Scholarship (RTPSI), for applicants who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Scholarships are awarded to students of exceptional research potential who are undertaking a higher degree by research (PhD or MPhil). Scholarships cover the candidate’s tuition fees and provide a living allowance, but do not cover personal health insurance (for international applicants) or the JCU Student Services & Amenities (SSA) Fee. The value of the living allowance stipend is $28,092 per annum (2020 rates) for domestic and international candidates and $42,000 per annum (2020 rates) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates.

    Previous JCU archaeology scholarship awardees include Sam Aird, Alice Buhrich, Katherine Cameron, Graeme Cotter, Felise Goldfinch, Selene Kenady, Cat Livingston, Texas Nagel, Helene Peck, Emma Rehn, Nick Roberts, Robin Twaddle, Anna Kreij, Nathan Woolford, Sarah Slater, Joshua Connelly.

students in water. The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships offer support to internationals to undertake study, research or professional development in Australia. To apply, you must be from a participating country and/or region.

All recipients will receive:

  • travel allowance: $3,000 (provision to pay up to $4,500 under special circumstances)
  • establishment allowance: $2,000 (fellowships) or $4,000 (scholarships)
  • monthly stipend: $3,000 (paid up to the maximum category duration on a pro-rata basis)
  • health insurance for the full category duration (OSHC for international recipients)
  • travel insurance (excluding during programme for international recipients)

Endeavour scholarship recipients will also receive tuition fees paid up to the maximum study/research duration on a pro-rata basis. Tuition includes student service and amenities fees.

shells in sandThese competitive research grants award funding for costs directly related to archaeological research undertaken by Honours and Postgraduate students, including fieldwork and analysis of data.

In 2018, the amounts awarded are a maximum of $750 for an Honours or Masters by Coursework student, $1200 for a Masters by Research candidate, and $1800 for a PhD candidate.

Applicants are required to provide a project outline (1-2 pages), budget, budget justification, and a reference letter from the student's supervisor, in addition to the completed application form.

Previous JCU awardees include Graeme Cotter, Sarah Morgan, Josh Connelly.

man sitting in river bed. The AACAI Student Support Fund was established in 2010 to provide financial assistance to Honours and coursework Masters students engaged in research that directly contributes to consulting archaeological practice. Since then $32,350 has been distributed to 15 recipients.

AACAI provides a seed fund each year, with the remainder being generously donated by archaeological consultants. The Fund is managed by a subcommittee of the Association with applications assessed in a regulated process. They are awarded close to the start of the academic year.

Students are able to spend the money in the way that they decide is appropriate, either to support research costs or to assist with living expenses. No receipting of expenses is required; however, the recipient is requested to acknowledge AACAI (and the donor in cases where they have contributed an entire award) in their thesis and any published material resulting from the research. Publication of an abstract in the AACAI journal is also requested, along with a blog post.

Previous JCU awardees include Anna Kreij and Sarah Slater.