Writing an honours thesis in the field of History?

Want to meet honours students from other universities and discuss how to research and write your thesis?


The School of History of the Australian National University invites you to an intensive History Honours Workshop in Canberra on the weekend of 24-26 May 2013 (it will start on Friday afternoon and finish noon Sunday).  Historians at ANU will lead discussions on various aspects of research and thesis writing, and will also provide you with the opportunity to join smaller groups focusing on historical issues of direct relevance to your own inquiry.  Students will be expected to participate by speaking and writing about their own research-in-progress.  Special tuition will be offered in the fields of Biography, Environmental History, Indigenous History, Legal History, and Political and Contemporary History.


Financial support will be available to participants from outside Canberra. This will consist of a return discount air or bus fare plus a contribution towards accommodation expenses in Canberra.

Course organisers and presenters will include Professor Tom Griffiths, Dr Carolyn Strange, Dr Nicholas Brown, Dr Rani Kerin and Dr Maria Nugent.


Application Process

The workshop will be restricted to honours students in History and related fields, currently enrolled at universities in Australia and New Zealand. The number of participants will be strictly limited (to facilitate discussion).  There is no registration fee. The deadline for applications is 24 April 2013.


Please provide the following:


  • A brief curriculum vitae
  • Two short statements together totalling no more than 500 words: one explaining the subject (or likely subject) of your honours thesis; and the other describing what you hope to gain from this workshop.  These statements will guide selection and also help us to design the event around your interests.


Please e-mail your application to Karen Smith, School of History Administrator: karen.smith@anu.edu.au.  Enquiries about the academic program of the workshop may be directed to Professor Tom Griffiths at tom.griffiths@anu.edu.au


We look forward to hearing from you!