Applications for 2017 have now closed.
In 2017, two (2) AFGW Barbara Hale Fellowships were offered.
Value: $8000 each
The AFGW Barbara Hale Fellowships are offered to women graduates who are Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia and are enrolled for a PhD degree by research in any Australian university. The funds are to be used for a specific project or purpose for PhD research in any field. The Fellowships are offered for the second and subsequent years of a doctoral program. First year doctoral students do not qualify.
They are available for 6 to 12 months of work. They are intended to enhance the original research on which a postgraduate applicant is already engaged. First year doctoral students and applicants just beginning their research are not eligible.
Within 6 months of concluding the work undertaken under the tenure of the fellowship, the recipient must submit a written report on the work accomplished. The financial assistance given by AFGW must be acknowledged in any published material embodying the results of the work carried out.
Only citizens of Australia or Australian permanent residents may apply.
These Fellowships were made possible by a generous bequest from the estate of Miss Hale and will be awarded annually. Barbara Mary Hale was born in New Zealand on 5 April 1924 and died at Nedlands, Western Australia, on 5 June 2013.
Until the onset of her last illness was a vital member of Graduate Women (WA), especially as one of the trio of GWWA members writing the history of the last fifty years of AFUW(WA) Inc. Barbara was a staff member of the University of Western Australia Library from 1961 to 1984, and served as Deputy University Librarian between 1966 and 1984. On study leave from the Library she completed a Master’s Degree at the Library School at Sheffield University. During her tenure she was elected by academic staff to serve on the University Senate, the first woman to be so elected.
In retirement, she gave extensively of her time to the AFUW(WA) Inc. and held a variety of positions within the Association, including President, Secretary, and Membership Convener. She was made a Life Member of AFUW(WA) in 1991. As federal President during the 1985-88 triennium she led the Australian delegation to the 1986 IFUW Christchurch Conference. During her presidency she nurtured into existence the first Association of AFUW in the Northern Territory and her personal efforts brought into being, under the umbrella of AFUW(WA), a group of women graduates in Broome.
She was many times a voting delegate to IFUW conferences, travelling with her friend, the late Peg Hutchison of Wellington. Together they would extend the international journey to visit remote bird-watching sites. In 1992 she established the AFUW(WA) Inc. Education Trust, which she led from inception, retiring from the chair only few years ago and as Trustee last October. The Trust presently administers the funds of six postgraduate bursaries and in 2009 established a Gift Fund under the Tax Office’s Scholarship Category, donations to which are tax deductible. Barbara’s personal skills were at least matched by her careful management of the Trust funds.
As well as her work within AFUW, Barbara was an active and vigorous member of other University and community groups. These included the Friends of the UWA Library, which she served with distinction as Vice-President for ten years. She served on the St Catherine’s College Council from 1977–1990 and was elected an Honorary Fellow of the College in 2003. The Barbara Hale Sail Training Award, open to St. Catherine’s students, was established in 1989. She made a significant contribution to the National Trust of Australia (WA) over many years.
She was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Trust in 2005. She played a leading role in Birds Australia – WA Group. She was a Charter member of the Zonta Club of Perth when it was formed in December 1971; she was one of the original Club officers as a Director until she became Vice-President from 1974-1976 and President 1976-78. In 2011, she was awarded the Western Australian Government’s 50 years Volunteer Service Badge.