The Miranda Jane Hughes Scholarship


The scholarship supports graduate research students with grants in order of priority to:

  • conduct essential field work and research trips internationally or within Australia;
  • present a paper at a research conference;
  • attend research master classes or specialist advanced training, internationally or within Australia; or
  • undertake publishing initiatives and other dissemination activities and projects aimed at enhancing students’ scholarly abilities and capacity to contribute to their field.

This scholarship was donated by Professor Julie McLeod and Dr Cherry Collins in honour of Miranda Jane Hughes. Miranda was born and raised in Geelong, where she attended Geelong Grammar School. She undertook a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) at The University of Melbourne and was a resident of Ormond College.

Miranda commenced a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science and worked for many years at Deakin University in a variety of research fellow and research officer roles. She maintained a rich intellectual and social life, a compelling sense of humour and an affection for the University of Melbourne and her time there as a student.




Open to students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts, with, in descending order of priority, preference to be given to:

(a) students undertaking research in the humanities in historical, philosophical or cultural studies of the body, health or science;
(b) students enrolled in a research higher degree in the above or cognate areas of research;
(c) female students.


Recipients are required to:

  • Accept award online within 21 days
  • Write two letters of appreciation to the donor/committee (upon acceptance and after completion)
  • Submit a final report of their activities to the relevant discipline; this could be in the form of a published paper or work towards a postgraduate degree.

Application process

Eligible applicants must complete an online application which includes:

  • A statement of 500 words on the relevance and importance of the proposed activities to their graduate studies and value the award will add to their successful progress in the degree;
  • Details of planned expenditure of the scholarship;
  • A letter of support provided by their supervisor.



The amount available for this award is approximate. It will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.

The judges' decision will be final and the University reserves the right not to award the prize in the event it is considered that no work of sufficient merit has been submitted. Winning applicants please note the University of Melbourne reserves the right to publish the name of the winning applicant on its websites and other University of Melbourne publications.

Taxation on scholarships

Scholarships awarded to part-time students are assessed as taxable income by the Australian Taxation Office (under section 51-10 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997).

To ensure the correct rate of income tax is withheld, part-time students will be asked to provide a Tax File Number (TFN) Declaration Form prior to payment.

For further information on whether a scholarship is taxable, please visit the Australian Taxation Office website.