Laves Scholarship

The Gerhardt Laves Scholarship assists honours or postgraduate research students enrolled at an Australian University who are undertaking linguistic fieldwork on an indigenous language of Australia or its immediate region as part of their research towards an Honours or postgraduate research degree. The Scholarship contributes up to around $2000 towards fieldwork expenses. Funds are normally expected to be fully expended within the year of award of the scholarship unless an alternative arrangement is approved by ALS.

In addition to the application form, you should submit the documents required below while applying online. 

1. The Project

1.1 Research Targets

What targets does your research aim to address? Where will you do the work? With whom? How long are you going to be there?

1.2 Research Expertise

What expertise and training do you have to undertake this research? Are there mentors who will assist with expertise?

1.3 Research Approvals

Does this project require approvals, ethics or otherwise? Have these been obtained? If not, what is the evidence that they will be in place by the commencement of the research project?

1.4 Research Expenses Summary

What expenses arise in relation to this research? For example, this could include accommodation, payments to consultants, travel. Funding for equipment will only be available in exceptional circumstances. [NOTE: This section is a summary and NOT the budget, which is to be detailed in Section 1.4. An example summary would be - “This project requires air/road travel to X. It requires payment to X consultants”]

1.5 Research Time Frame

Are there factors which necessitate that the research is undertaken within a particular time frame? [NOTE: This section relates to time constraints which follow inherently from the nature of the research itself. Time constraints which relate principally to the applicant’s schedule are not relevant and will not be considered]

1.6 Potential Alternate Funding

Have you applied to any other source of funding (e.g. ELDP)? When will you know the outcome of that application?

Does your School / Centre / Department / Faculty have funds available to students to support fieldwork or other research costs? Have you applied for such funds? How much, and what costs would it support? Has your application been approved, and if so what funding has been approved? If your application is still under consideration, when will you know the outcome?

Does your supervisor have a relevant research grant? If so, how much funding is supplied from that research grant for your fieldwork?

2. Budget

Please provide an estimate of the overall budget for the project, using the table below. Add or remove additional items as required. (The text in the table is just an example, please type over.)

Please clearly show any other funds you have obtained or requested (your own personal contributions, or any student research allocation from your School, for example).


Amount (AUD)


e.g. speaker payments


40 hours @ AUD$25 p/h, to be paid from Research Grant/Laves Scholarship

e.g. flights


flights paid by my School

e.g. vehicle hire



e.g. fuel



e.g. accommodation







3. Assessment Criteria

The ALS Executive will assess Laves Scholarship applications against the following criteria.

A. Is the project feasible? What approvals, expertise, and resources are required to complete the project within the timeframe specified?

B. Given the research opportunities available to the applicant(s), is there evidence that the applicant(s) will bring the project to successful completion within a reasonable timeframe?

C. Will the proposed research be cost-effective and value for money?

D. What is the potential time period when the research could be undertaken?

E. The potential for the applicant(s) to obtain funding from other sources.

4. Accounting

Successful applicants will be required to sign a contract with ALS. This contract will set out the research to be undertaken and the funds supplied by ALS. Grantees will be required to:

A. Account for all expenditure.

B. Provide copies of receipts for all expenditure.

C. Provide a final report describing the research undertaken and the results of this research.

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