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 2019 round (for activities to be undertaken in 2020) are now being accepted.

The application pack is available for download at the bottom of this page.

Please carefully read the ECR scheme overview and submit the application form and required attachments by Friday 15 November 2019.

Results will be announced in early December 2019.

Scheme Overview


To assist research into the causes, the histories and the effects of ethnic, cultural, religious and sexual bigotry and animosity.


To explore how such intolerance can be combatted, and co-existence promoted.




Five thousand dollars maximum. (Applications for smaller grants are welcome)

Application Criteria

Applications are open to all Early Career Researchers (as defined by the Australian Research Council) and PhD Scholars working in Australian tertiary institutions, public sector employees, community sector employees and people undertaking private research.

The topic of the research must fit within the Rationale listed above.


Grants are open to researchers from all disciplines.


Applications can be made to assist research in a number of ways, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Travel (archive work, field work)
  • Conference Attendance
  • Research assistance
  • Administrative assistance
  • Equipment
  • Child care costs
  • Teaching relief
Awarding Criteria In determining the grant the committee will consider:
  • The importance of the research to current events and manifestations of bigotry
  • The importance of the research in furthering our understanding and elimination of bigotry
  • The quality and feasibility of the research to be undertaken
  • The likelihood of the research being accepted for publication
  • Other sources of funding or services available to the applicant for the project cited
  • The Freilich Project must be acknowledged in all research outputs, including publications and presentations (seminars and conferences).
  • Information concerning all publications must be communicated to the Project.
  • Information concerning the successful recipient and the funded research may be published on the Freilich Project’s website and within other communications such as annual reports.
  • The recipient must submit a financial acquittal and a report which includes actual and projected outcomes within twelve months of receiving the grant.


Former Grant Recipients

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” (2017).

Balint, Peter (University of New South Wales). “Respecting Toleration” (2014).

Boucher, Anna & Joseph Toltz (University of Sydney). “Songs of the Camps: The First Holocaust Songbook” (2014).

Chambers, Justine (Australian National University). “Understanding Buddhist Nationalism and Anti-Muslim Sentiment in Postconflict Karen state” (2017).

Cheng, Jennifer E. (Western Sydney University). “Muslim Women's Participation in Auburn Giants AFL Team” (2016).

McConnell, Bonnie (Australian National University). “Singing Sudan and Senegal: Music, Race, and Representation in Contemporary Australia” (2016).

McSwiney, Jordan (University of Sydney). "Networked Organisation: The Far Right in Australia" (2018).

Resch, Bernhard (University of Sydney). "Human Methods Lab: Deploying Human Difference to counter Bigotry" (2018).

Riedel, Mareike (Australian National University) “Regulating Ambivalence: Encounters between Jews and State Law” (2017).

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" (2018).

Wood, Asmi (Australian National University). “Halal and Kosher Methods of Protein Supply, Religious Freedom and Bigotry” (2016).

Updated:  9 September 2019/Responsible Officer:  Freilich Project/Page Contact:  Herbert & Valmae Freilich Project