Early Career Research Small Grants Scheme

Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge. Australian National University.
Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge. Australian National University.


The Freilich Project offers up to three grants of $5000 each to emerging scholars as part of its Early Career Research Small Grants Scheme. Applications for the 2024 grant round are now closed.


Scheme Overview

The following is offered as a partial and preliminary guide only. Please refer to the full Conditions of Award document, available for download at the bottom of this page.


Each year the Herbert and Valmae Freilich Project for the Study of Bigotry may offer three grants known as the Herbert and Valmae Freilich Annual Early Career Research Small Grant. The objective/s of the grants are to assist research into the causes, the histories and the effects of ethnic, cultural, religious and sexual bigotry and animosity, and to explore how such intolerance can be combatted, and co-existence promoted. 

The value of each individual grant is not to exceed $5000. Grants may be used to assist research in a number of ways including, but not limited to, archival work, fieldwork; research or administrative assistance; teaching relief; research dissemination activities and conference attendance (including childcare costs).

Funding for this grant has been provided by Herbert and Valmae Freilich, as part of their generous and long-term support for the Australian National University in general, and the Herbert and Valmae Freilich Project for the Study of Bigotry in particular. The grant will be paid to, and administered by, the successful applicants' university/research institute. 


The Herbert and Valmae Freilich Annual Early Career Research Small Grant is available each year to PhD students enrolled at Australian tertiary institutions, and Early Career Researchers (as defined by the Australian Research Council) employed at Australian tertiary institutions or other research-focused institutions. 

The grant may be applied for jointly if all named applicants are individually eligible to apply for the grant. 

The grant is available to Australian residents regardless of citizenship, in all research disciplines.

The grant may be issued irrespective of other research funding or awards.

Selection criteria

The selection committee shall make its decision on the basis of:

a) The proposed research project’s fulfilment of the objectives of the Freilich Project for the Study of Bigotry: research into the causes, the histories and the effects of ethnic, cultural, religious and sexual bigotry and animosity, and to explore how such intolerance can be combatted, and co-existence promoted.

b) The feasibility of the research to be undertaken. 

c) The likelihood of the research being accepted for publication.

d) The likelihood of the funded activities generating new information and ideas.

e) Other sources of funding or services available to the applicant for the project cited.


Past Grant Recipients 

Matthew Wade (La Trobe). "Philanthropy for the Colony: On the use of big giving to entrench the white settler state and defend ‘Western Civilisation’" (2024).

Rebecca Clode (ANU). "Performing Resistance: A Study of Literary and Theatrical interventions into Australia’s Refugee Crisis" (2024).

Felix Pal (UWA). "Far-Right Diasporas in the Global South: Mapping Indian Hindu Nationalism in Southeast Asia" (2024).

Imogen Richards (Deakin University). "Eco-fascism: Conceptualising far-right extremist response to climate change" (2024).

Somayeh Ba Akhlagh (UNE). "Evaluation of the Integration program, ‘Creative Play’, at the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM)" (2023).

Jay Daniel Thompson (RMIT University). "Digital citizenship and ethical journalistic representations of online hostility directed at women and girls" (2023).

Ashleigh Haw (Deakin University). "Engaging multicultural communities in antiracist advocacy during global crisis events: Lessons from COVID-19 in Australia" (2023).

Sudiipta Dowsett (University of NSW). "Rebel Sistah Cypher: Hip-hop as embodied practice for social change" (2023).

Cho, Hyein (Ellen) (Monash University). "Everyday terrorism: The story of a Korean victim-survivor of domestic and family violence in Australia" (2022).

Ozguc, Umut (Deakin University). "Mobility injustices, racialised bodies, and Australia's pandemic borders: The history of the present" (2022).

Xu, Daozhi (Macquarie University). "Indigenous People in Chinese Australian Newspapers, 1894–1912: Chinese Perspectives" (2022).

Hamilton, Jennifer, Christina Kenny, and Felicity Joseph (University of New England).“Towards Hetero-optimism: Heteropessimism, Homophobia and Inclusive Sexuality Studies Today” (2021).

Piperoglou, Andonis (Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, Griffith University). "From ‘Dagoes’ to ‘Wogs’: a transnational history of racial slurs" (2021).

Tao, Yu (Chinese Studies, The University of Western Australia). "Racial discrimination against and by Immobile Temporary Migrants: Chinese international students in Western Australian universities amid the COVID-19 global pandemic" (2021).

Thai, Michael (School of Psychology, The University of Queensland). "An investigation of the motivated prejudice behind the “perpetual foreigner syndrome”" (2021).

Adam, Helen and Sally Murphy (Edith Cowan University and Curtin University). “Investigating Overt and Covert Perpetuation of Prejudice and Bigotry in Children’s Picture Books Recently Published in Australia” (2020).

Glisic, Iva (Australian Academy of the Humanities). “The Art of Justice in the Western Balkans” (2020).

Martin Hobbs, Mia (University of Melbourne). “Being the ‘Other’ in the War on Terror: Race, Gender and Bigotry in Western Militaries since 9/11” (2020).

McSwiney, Jordan (University of Sydney). "Networked Organisation: The Far Right in Australia" (2019).

Resch, Bernhard (University of Sydney). "Human Methods Lab: Deploying Human Difference to counter Bigotry" (2019).

Stevens, Kristen (University of South Australia). "Welfare stigmatisation and racial conflict: Contextual explorations of the lived experiences of the cashless debit card impacting community cohesion and inclusion in Australia" (2019).

Anderson, Joel (Australian Catholic University). “An exploration of differential prosocial and antisocial effects of exposure to religion on attitudes towards gay men and lesbian women, and support for marriage equality” (2018).

Chambers, Justine (Australian National University). “Understanding Buddhist Nationalism and Anti-Muslim Sentiment in Postconflict Karen state” (2018).

Riedel, Mareike (Australian National University) “Regulating Ambivalence: Encounters between Jews and State Law” (2018).

Cheng, Jennifer E. (Western Sydney University). “Muslim Women's Participation in Auburn Giants AFL Team” (2017).

McConnell, Bonnie (Australian National University). “Singing Sudan and Senegal: Music, Race, and Representation in Contemporary Australia” (2017).

Wood, Asmi (Australian National University). “Halal and Kosher Methods of Protein Supply, Religious Freedom and Bigotry” (2017).

Balint, Peter (University of New South Wales). “Respecting Toleration” (2015).

Boucher, Anna & Joseph Toltz (University of Sydney). “Songs of the Camps: The First Holocaust Songbook” (2015).



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