E W Benham Research Scholarships

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Payment per year
RTP + 15% (Major) or 15% of the RTPS (Supplementary)
Up to 3.5 years
Postgraduate Research
Australian Citizens
Australian Permanent Residents
New Zealand Citizens
Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holders
Type of Scholarship
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Financial Need
Rural Regional and Remote Areas
Students with Disabilities
Available In
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics (ABLE)
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Future Students
Commencing Students

The E W Benham Research scholarships are the result of the generosity of a bequest by Edward Warner Benham, a prominent lawyer, following the death of his widow Violet Margaret Benham. 

Mr Benham, born in 1872, was educated at the Collegiate School of St Peter (1882-87) and the University of Adelaide (LL.B., 1891).  Mr Benham was a part-time lecturer in property law at the University from 1910-1938.  After acting as Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University in 1937 during Professor Arthur Campbell's absence, Mr Benham retired the following year.



To be eligible for the Scholarships, a candidate must:

  1. be an Australian citizen, permanent resident of Australia, New Zealand citizen or the holder of a permanent Humanitarian Visa;
  2. be eligible to enrol in a full-time Higher Degree by Research program, PhD or postgraduate coursework program of study at the University of Adelaide; and
  3. be undertaking research in the area of:
  1. English Literary Studies (defined as the scholarly investigation of any literature written in the English language); or
  2. Anglophone Political History (defined as the scholarly investigation of the political history of any nation or nations whose dominant language is English).

Selection will be based on academic merit and research potential.



Where the scholarship is offered as a HDR major scholarship, the value shall be 15% greater than the Research Training Program Scholarship (RTPS) rate (indexed annually) and shall be subject to the same terms and conditions of that scholarship.

Where the scholarship is offered as a Supplementary Scholarship, the scholarship is intended to supplement a major scholarship at the RTPS rate held by the recipient and shall be subject to the same terms and conditions of the major scholarship.  The value of the Supplementary Scholarship shall be 15% of the RTPS rate (indexed annually) or as determined by the Committee according to available income.

The scholarship will be for 3.5 years and has a stipend equivalent to the RTPS rate + 15%, indexed annually. It is likely to be tax exempt, subject to Taxation Office approval.


Enquiries: Adelaide Graduate Research School Tel (08) 8313 5882 or email research.scholarships@adelaide.edu.au

Applying: The awards are allocated as part of the Major Round of scholarship applications.  When open, applications must be submitted using the Online Application Form available at: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/graduate-research/future-students/how-to-apply. Eligible candidates are considered automatically.