Bill Cowan Barr Smith Library Fellowship - Not offered in 2021

Applications open
17 October each year
Applications close
27 February each year
Payment per year
One year
Postgraduate Research
Australian Citizens
Australian Permanent Residents
New Zealand Citizens
Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holders
International Students
Type of Scholarship
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Financial Need
Rural Regional and Remote Areas
Students with Disabilities
Available In
All Faculties
Available To

This Fellowship was established by the Cowan Grant to:

  • Provide financial assistance up to the total value of $13,000 annually towards study for postgraduate degrees by research using the collections of the Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide.
  • Assist postgraduate students financially with uninterrupted time to work with the Library's collections.
  • Promote the Barr Smith Library as a centre of research excellence.
  • Encourage research using the Library's collections and the production of publications based on them.
  • Publicise the Library's collections.


  • Students currently residing temporarily or permanently in Australia and undertaking a postgraduate degree by research in a discipline in which the Barr Smith Library at the University of Adelaide has strong general or special collections.
  • Preference may be given to students from rural or regional Australia.
  • The Fellowship is awarded once only to an applicant. Subsequent applications will not be considered.
  • Recipients must be undertaking study towards a postgraduate degree by research either commencing or in progress. Academic supporting testimonial is required and there must be evidence that the student's progress complies with the awarding University's requirements.
  • Postdoctoral researchers may be eligible within three years of a doctoral award where the research using the Barr Smith Library collections is being undertaken in attachment to an Australian University.

Selection will be based on:

  • Financial need.
  • Academic merit and research potential, to be determined by previous academic record and academic referee statement(s).
  • Originality of the use of Barr Smith Library collections.
  • Interview [if required].

Further information and the application form can be found on the Fellowship web page.