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 has in recent years offered up to three grants of $5000 each to emerging scholars as part of its Early Career Research Small Grants Scheme.

Details of successful applicants in the 2018 round can be found here.

Applications for the 2019 round will be accepted from October with a late November final deadline. 

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


Dr Bernhard Resch. University of Sydney Business School. Project: "Human Methods Lab: Deploying Human Difference to counter Bigotry"

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

Mr Jordan McSwiney. Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney. Project: "Networked Organisation: The Far Right in Australia"



Dr Joel Anderson. Australian Catholic University. Project: “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.”

Ms Justine Chambers. Department of Anthropology, Australian National University. Project: “Understanding Buddhist Nationalism and Anti-Muslim Sentiment in Postconflict Karen state”.

Ms Mareike Riedel. RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance, Australian National University. Project: “Regulating Ambivalence. Encounters between Jews and State Law”.



Dr Jennifer E Cheng. School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University. Project: “Muslim Women's Participation in Auburn Giants AFL Team”.

Dr Bonnie McConnell. School of Music, Australian National University. Project: “Singing Sudan and Senegal: Music, Race, and Representation in Contemporary Australia”

Dr Asmi Wood. College of Law, Australian National University. Project: “Halal and Kosher methods of protein supply, religious freedom and bigotry”



Dr Anna Boucher & Dr Joseph Toltz. University of Sydney. Project: “Songs of the Camps: The First Holocaust Songbook”.

Dr Peter Balint. University of New South Wales, ADFA. Project: “Respecting Toleration”.

Updated:  27 June 2019/Responsible Officer:  Freilich Project/Page Contact:  Herbert & Valmae Freilich Project