Rae and George Hammer Memorial Visiting Research Fellowship

This fellowship encourages scholars to visit UQ and to access the Fryer Library collection for your research. We invite Honours, Masters and PhD students, undertaking a research project or paper, from Universities outside of Brisbane to apply.

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Applications for the fellowship can be submitted throughout the year and will be assessed at the end of March, July and October. 

This fellowship was established by Dr Margaret Hammer in memory of her parents Rae and George Hammer and commemorates two remarkable people with a passion for History and English, who taught in New Zealand schools.

We are proud to offer meritorious students the opportunity to continue the research tradition of the Hammer family at The University of Queensland.


  • Up to $2500 to be awarded annually as a single prize or split among winners
  • Assistance in accessing the collections by Fryer Library staff

The award is for expenses relating to a research trip to the UQ Fryer Library for your Honours, Masters or PhD including travel, accommodation, living expenses and research related costs.


As a winner of the fellowship, you:

  • have 12 months in which to visit the Fryer Library
  • will receive the funds once the offer of the fellowship has been accepted in writing and you provide a receipt of booked travel for your visit

and you will be asked to:

  • produce a brief written account of your experience during your visit, which we may use for promotional purposes
  • submit a report (less than 1000 words) outlining the benefit of the scholarship and providing feedback on your experience to the Manager of the Fryer Library within 3 months of completing your visit
  • provide the Manager of the Fryer Library with a digital copy of your completed research project, report or dissertation within a mutually agreed period following your visit

The Fryer Library collection

The Fryer Library collection embraces Australiana, rare books, literary and political papers, architectural plans and the papers of significant UQ scholars and alumni.


Email Simon Farley, s.farley@library.uq.edu.au, Fryer Librarian, about this fellowship. 

Applicant eligibility 

To be eligible for the fellowship:

  • submit the application by the due date
  • be enrolled in an approved program (Honours, Masters or PhD) from a university outside the metropolitan Brisbane area
  • demonstrate the relevance of primary source materials held by the UQ Fryer Library to your research

Supporting documents

  • A copy of your Curriculum Vitae 
  • Academic transcript
  • 500-word research project outline and its relevance to the collections held in the Fryer Library
  • 250-word statement of support from a lecturer or research supervisor, outlining the merits of the proposed research project and the applicant
  • Schedule of dates for proposed visit and proposed budget of expenses including travel, accommodation, living expenses and research related expenses (include quotes where possible)

Selection of award

The fellowship(s) are awarded by a selection panel including:

  • Fryer Librarian
  • a UQ Library staff member
  • a UQ Academic staff member

The fellowship will be awarded to the applicant(s) showing the greatest merit as demonstrated by their supporting documentation and the relevance of their research to material held in the Fryer Collection.


All applicants will be notified via email once the decision has been made by the selection committee. 

Print version

Fellowship guidelines for applicants (PDF, 120 KB)

Image: Donor, Dr Margaret Hammer speaking at the UQ Library Awards and Acquisitions Evening.

George Hammer and Rachel (Rae) Hammer
George Edward Johnston Hammer (1923-2008) and Rachel Margaret Hammer (1929-2015).