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The University of Queensland Akers Family History Travel Grant, Australia 2023

Application is now open for the Akers Family History Travel Grant at the Akers Family History Travel Grant. Interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About the University of Queensland and Scholarship

The institution is well-regarded in several engineering fields. It is rated third in the world for mining and minerals engineering, 76-100th for chemical engineering, 76-100th for civil engineering, 101-150th for material science and engineering, and 101-150th for electrical and electronic engineering.

UQ ranked first in 13 categories in the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) first-ever worldwide topic rankings, including biodiversity conservation, based on the number of research articles published in reputable journals.


According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021, UQ was ranked in the top 50 internationally in 20 areas. In terms of sports-related topics, UQ is first in Australia, second in the world, and third in the world in mineral and mining engineering.

In 2015, Nature Index named UQ the research institution in the southern hemisphere with the highest volume of research output in the transdisciplinary journals Nature and Science, with around twice as much output as the global average.

David Akers, a UQ alumnus who enjoys history and travel, founded the Akers Family History Travel Grant in 2022. David studied history, English, and economics for his BA (Hons) between 1981 and 1984. His interest in history was sparked, in part, by the family’s reaction to the passing of his uncle Clark Davis Irwin during World War II.

Details about Akers Family History Travel Grant at the University of Queensland:

Scholarship Sponsor: David Akers, a UQ Alumnus/University of Queensland, Australia

Scholarship Value: At least $1,500

Number of awards: 1

Study level: Undergraduate

Host Institution(s): University of Queensland, Australia

Enrolment Status: Current UQ student

Akers Family History Travel Grant at the University of Queensland – Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are advised to meet the following conditions to be eligible for the Akers Family History Travel Grant at the University of Queensland:

  • Are enrolled in a program in the appropriate discipline that has been authorized –
    • a major, a field of study, or an extended major in history, ancient history, or history
  • Hold no other travel scholarships or grants
  • Have not previously held the Grant, 
  • Have planned a trip that will further your historical studies that will last at least four weeks and start within the next year. 

Selection Criteria

  • Your academic aptitude and future academic potential
  • Your demonstrated commitment to history through extracurricular or academic work
  • The value of the proposed travel to your future success in the discipline
  • The contribution the funding is likely to make to the success of the travel opportunity
  • Any other evidence that may be deemed relevant to your future success in your field of study. 

Preference will be given, when all other factors are equal, to applicants who are engaged in fieldwork, research projects, and experiences that seek to understand Australia’s place and position in the Asia Pacific Region, and who can demonstrate and provide documentary evidence of financial hardship.

Application Process for Akers Family History Travel Grant

Fill out the Akers Family History Travel Grant application form and provide information about your studies to date, financial details, and answers to certain questions concerning your trip opportunity.

Use the tips for putting together a great application to help you through this process.


Akers Family History Travel Grant (PDF, 145.76 KB)

What Next?

The admission office will email you to let you know when they have obtained your application. If you don’t get an email within 2 days of applying, email them at If you’re successful, they will notify you in writing.

The Submission Deadline is: 3 September 2023

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