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E.G. Whitlam Research Fellowship

The E.G. Whitlam Research Fellowship

The Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University is seeking highly motivated candidates with a demonstrable interest in public policy to apply for the E.G. Whitlam Research Fellowship.

The Fellowship has been created by Western Sydney University in honour of the Honourable Gough Whitlam AC QC’s contribution to the Australian nation and, specifically, to its political, social, and cultural development. It is being offered at a time when the Whitlam Institute is looking to further develop its public policy program.

The Fellowship offers an opportunity for a suitably qualified scholar with a strong interest in public policy to be an active member of the Whitlam Institute.

The E.G. Whitlam Research Fellow will be expected to:
• Make an intellectual and/or strategic contribution to the development of the Whitlam Institute’s public policy program whether through the general program and/or the Human Rights and Public Life Program;
• Contribute to the Institute’s policy-related activities such as research workshops, forums or public conversations on a specific topic;
• Produce work for one or more of the Whitlam Institute’s publication series.

It is anticipated that a Fellow may retain an ongoing relationship with the Institute as part of its wider network of scholars and policy-makers.

The Whitlam Institute

The Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University commemorates, and is inspired by, the life and work of one of Australia’s most respected Prime Ministers, The Hon. Gough Whitlam AC QC. Gough Whitlam was a social democrat whose reforming Government (1972-1975) transformed Australia. He was an internationalist who went on to play a crucial role as Australia’s representative at UNESCO.

As the custodian of Gough Whitlam’s legacy, the Whitlam Institute promotes the contemporary relevance of his vision of a more equal, open, tolerant and independent Australia.

The Whitlam Institute is guided by the ‘three great aims’ that drove the Whitlam Program of 1972. They are:
• to promote equality;
• to involve the people of Australia in the decision-making processes of our land; and
• to liberate the talents and uplift the horizons of the Australian people.

Established under an Agreement between the University and Mr Whitlam in 2000, the Whitlam Institute is a separately incorporated entity within Western Sydney University. Its Board oversees the Whitlam Trust Fund and advises on the Whitlam Institute Program. The Whitlam Institute sits within the Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Academic).
The four pillars of the Whitlam Institute are: the Whitlam Prime Ministerial Collection; its public policy program; its public affairs (education & outreach) program; and responsibility for the historic Female Orphan School [FOS].

The Whitlam Institute has seen significant growth in recent years across each of these core areas of activity.
In 2013 the Whitlam Institute’s permanent home was established within the fully restored Female Orphan School [1813]. This marked a new threshold in the Institute’s development which included the creation of a permanent exhibition, dedicated school/community learning space, purpose-built archival facilities for the Whitlam Prime Ministerial Collection, and the establishment of the Margaret Whitlam Galleries. The Whitlam Institute at the Female Orphan School is now rapidly growing into a vibrant, multifaceted centre of ideas, culture and arts, all within one of the most significant heritage sites in Australia.


How do I apply?

Applicants are asked to provide:
1) a 2-3 page statement that provides sufficient detail as to why they are interested in the Research Fellowship and what it is they have to offer, and the relevant academic (and where relevant, practitioner) background they bring.
2) a complete curriculum vitae;
3) two of their most relevant (journal length) publications;
4) a list of three referees.

Applications close on 23 January 2017.
Start date is negotiable.

Applications should be submitted by email to:

For further information contact:
Eric Sidoti, Director:
Phone: +61 (0)2 9685 9210

Who Can Apply?

The E.G. Whitlam Research Fellowship is open to domestic or international applicants. It will be awarded annually (subject to a positive decision from the panel). Candidates will be expected to have an established research track record and a doctorate in a related field.

Public policy areas of potential interest include:

• social democracy beyond neoliberalism
• constitutional and parliamentary democracy
• democratic institutional design
• schooling in the 21st century
• political participation including electoral, institutional and democratic engagement among young people
• the contemporary relevance of ‘Full Employment’
• planning cities and regions as democratic environments
• the political and democratic implications of climate change
• the place of the Arts in liberating talents and uplifting horizons

What does the scholarship provide?

The E.G. Whitlam Research Fellow will be based at the Whitlam Institute on the Parramatta Campus of Western Sydney University.
The duration of the fellowship will be from a minimum of two months up to six months.

It will be funded up to the value of AUD 30,000 which can, subject to agreement, cover a combination of living costs, travel, and accommodation as needed.