Leo Fleischmann Visiting Fellowship in Pacific Islands Arts and Material Culture

The Leo Fleischmann Fellowship offers researchers up to $2,500 to conduct research on the art and material culture of the Pacific region.

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Applications for funding between July 2015 and June 2016 are now open, closing 5pm Friday 17 April.

This fellowship, generally awarded every two years, was established in 1995 by the late Ms Senta Taft-Hendry in memory of Leo Fleischmann of Galleries Primitif, Woollahra. It is designed to increase knowledge about the arts and material culture of the Pacific Islands through original research on the extensive collections in the Australian Museum from Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.


Selection Criteria
• Significance of the intellectual contribution to the collection of interest
• Enhancement to the Australian Museum ethnographic collections
• Clear and appropriate budget
• Proven track record of the applicant in the field of study

The maximum amount of the fellowship is $2500 to assist with living costs, travel and research expenses. The award can be held in conjunction with an Australian Museum Collections Fellowship which must be applied for independently in a separate application.

Living Costs: The maximum amount allowed for living costs is $800 per week.

Eligibility: Preference will be given to Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents. Candidates should have at least an Honours degree or appropriate research or experience qualifications. The fellowship is not intended to support research contributing to a higher degree. The selection committee reserves the right not to make an appointment or to make an appointment by invitation.


For information about the Australian Museum's Pacific ethnographic collections, contact Pacific Collection Manager Dion Peita or Dr. Robin Torrence.

Potential applicants must document that the Pacific Collection Manager has acknowledged that project is feasible and can be accommodated.

Download the Application Form


Application checklist:
• Completed application form
• Approval by Pacific Collections Manager
• Curriculum vitae including a list of publications
• Contact details for at least two referees

One hardcopy and one electronic copy (via email) of the documents listed above must be sent to:

Marcela Pacheco
Executive Assistant for Assistant Direct, Science & Learning
Australian Museum
6 College Street
Sydney, NSW 2010
Tel. 02 93206101
Email Marcela

Application for funding between July 2014 and June 2015 are now open. Applications close at 5pm Friday 17 April 2015.


Dr Jodi Rowley , Co-ordinator, Australian Museum Research Institute
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