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Ada Booth Research Fellowship in Slavic Studies

The Research Project

Monash University is pleased to announce the second opportunity to apply for the Ada Booth Research Fellowship in Slavic Studies based at Monash University Library in Melbourne, Australia.

The fellowship offers you a unique opportunity to further your research with our extensive resources in Ukrainian, Russian and other Slavic languages, Slavic Australiana, Soviet Studies, migrant and diaspora culture, and resources relating to the current political climate in Eastern Europe.

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Ada Booth Slavic Collection

The collection is home to the Library’s extensive holdings of materials in Slavic languages. Established in 2011, it was a result of a benefaction of the late Ada Phyllis Booth (1921-2008), physicist and lecturer at the University of Melbourne. Strengths of the collection include:

  • History, art, politics and culture of Central and Eastern Europe
  • Ukrainian Studies, forming the leading academic Ukrainian collection in Australia
  • Over 20,000 volumes on history and culture of Russia and the Soviet Union
  • Slavic Australiana, migrant and diaspora literature and culture
  • Slavic women’s writing
  • Rare materials including original Bolshevik and Soviet political posters, propaganda and original avant-garde editions

There are also rich holdings in the Library’s other Special collections, most notably:

  • Music and Multimedia Collection which includes scores and audio visual recordings of Russian, Soviet, and Slavic Australiana works
  • Kipen Judaica and Giligich Yiddish Collections which house significant parts of the Library’s Jewish Studies collections.

Monash University Library also has access to an extensive selection of online resources. For more information visit and the Library Guide for Slavic Studies. Particular collection items and can be found via Library Search

The Fellowship

We invite applications from researchers, postgraduate students and independent scholars from Australia and abroad. The fellowship will award up to AUD20,000 in non-salary funding for project-related costs to work on projects that will benefit from concentrated access to the Library’s Slavic collections and promote Slavic Studies and related fields. Costs could include project, travel, accommodation and living expenses. More than one fellowship may be awarded in 2020.

The fellowship is intended for a length of 3-6 months, and fellows are expected to engage with Monash University Library for the time of the fellowship.

Current Monash University staff and students, and previous Fellowship holders, are not eligible to apply.

Please see the guidelines for more information about the fellowship.

The Library acknowledges contribution of the Ada Booth Benefaction trustees in making the fellowships available.

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2020.

How to apply

Online application 

  • All applications must be submitted through the online application form.
  • Candidates are required to respond to all questions in the online application form (refer Appendix A in the Application Guidelines).
  • The online application form permits applicants to save their application before completion. Applicants can return at any time to complete the online application prior to the final submission deadline.

Required Documentation

Candidates are required to upload the following documentation as part of the online application process:

  • Curriculum Vitae, including a list of major publications and/or productions and other relevant materials.
  • Two written referrals on formal letterhead.
  • Researchers who have yet to obtain their doctoral degree also need to have a letter of recommendation from their supervisor(s).

Closing date

  • Applications close on 31 January 2020
  • Late applications will not be considered.


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