Hansen Trust PhD Scholarship in History

Applications are now open for the next round of the Hansen Trust PhD Scholarship in History; we take this opportunity to introduce the first recipient of the scholarship (established in 2015), Nathan Gardner, who commenced his studies at the start of 2017.

Nathan completed Honours in History at the University of Melbourne in 2013, and two semesters of intensive language courses at Nanjing University in 2015. 

His PhD project explores the influences of memory and identity in the formation, diversification and participation of Chinese-Australian community organisations. 

Nathan writes, 

"Like many Australians, I was born into a family of mixed heritage and understood the role our history played in keeping our family bonds strong while appreciating our differences. From these early experiences, I continue to see history's role in the way people remember, engage with and discuss the world around them.

It is an enormous privilege to have been awarded the inaugural Hansen Trust PhD Scholarship in History. History is a passion that fuels my unceasing curiosity about the world. It has fostered in me a deep respect and understanding for its role in society and given to me a now long-held ambition to enter academia and share this passion with others. 

My experiences have led me to believe that history will best ensure mutual understanding and social cohesion in society if the broad spectrum of Australians can be reflected in history's teaching in the classroom."

The Hansen Trust has been established to support innovation and excellence in History at Melbourne and to provide students with an outstanding education: to open pathways into great careers and graduate opportunities; to underline the continuing relevance and import of history; and to nurture and engage community passion for this important field of study.
A key feature of the scholarship is a mentoring program that provides valuable experience in tertiary teaching and the promotion of History to the community.

Applications close 31 October 2017. 

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