Up to $1M is available from Native Title Anthropologist Grant Program to support the resolution of native title claims and effective management of native title rights and interests.

 

Native Title Anthropologist Grant Program

The Native Title Anthropologist Grant Program supports the resolution of native title claims and effective management of native title rights and interests by facilitating native title parties having access to qualified and experienced anthropologists. The program is part of the Australian Government’s wider investment in the native title system.

The Native Title Anthropologist Grant Program 2019-22 will run over three years from 2019-20 to 2021-22. The program is part of the Australian Government’s wider investment in the native title system.

 

Objectives

The objective of the program is to increase native title anthropology capacity by supporting native title anthropologists working in the system. This facilitates native title parties having access to qualified and experienced anthropologists, to support the resolution of native title claims and the effective management of native title. Promoting claims resolution achieves recognition and protection of native title for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and contributes to land tenure certainty, which is key to achieving economic growth for Indigenous Australians and Australia generally. The native title system is gradually moving towards a post-determination stage in which anthropologists will continue to play a key role in
supporting suitable governance arrangements and assisting in negotiating beneficial agreements for native title holders.

A key focus of this funding is to increase capacity by assisting mid to senior anthropologists to become ‘exemplary’ anthropologists. Exemplary native title anthropologists are distinguished by the depth of their knowledge as well as their ability to translate that knowledge into the native title legal framework (including acting as expert witnesses in court). The program objective will be achieved through grants to promote collaboration amongst this specialist sector, including delivery of targeted training and professional development and increasing the expertise of those working in native title anthropology.

 

Funding

The Australian Government has announced that a total of $1.001m (GST exclusive) over three years is available for this grant opportunity, starting in 2019-20. The grant period will span three financial years. The funding period will be from establishment until 30 June 2022, unless terminated earlier as determined by the parties and the conditions of the grant agreement.

There is no maximum grant amount but grants cannot exceed the amount of available funds. Applicants should consider that there is expected to be high demand for funding.

 

Eligible Activities

You can use the grant to pay for:

Professional development and support for native title anthropologists working in the native title sector, particularly mid to senior level native title anthropologists

  • Grant activities which involve mentoring and embedded learning or tailored in-house training will achieve this priority. For example, grant activities could involve:
    • guided research placements which pair less experienced anthropologists with more experienced anthropologists or enable less experienced anthropologists to co-author connection reports with more experienced anthropologists
    • targeted training, which has been developed for in-house native title anthropologists, cognisant of the existing skill levels and development needs of these employees.

Stronger linkages between academic and applied anthropological work, particularly for mid to senior level native title anthropologists

  • Grant activities which involve opportunities for native title anthropologists to receive intensive academic supervision and mentoring by more experienced anthropologists will achieve this priority. For example, grant activities could involve:
    • senior academics supervising and mentoring native title anthropologists during research and joint publication
    • training which involves collaboration or shared, targeted learning within the native title anthropological sector which focusses on developing mid to senior level anthropologists technical and practical skills.

Supporting mid to senior level native title anthropologists to continue to develop their technical skills through access to higher education courses

  • AGD will consider applications from anthropologists seeking to complete a PhD in anthropology from an Australian tertiary institution. Individual applicants may seek funding or the university course or living allowances for the period of the course. AGD may also consider funding applications from organisations seeking to backfill anthropologists that have taken a leave of absence to undertake a PhD in anthropology, particularly where that vacancy will be used as a development opportunity for less experienced anthropologists.

You can only spend grant funds on eligible grant activities as defined in the grant details in your grant agreement.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to apply, you must be one of the entity types, listed below:

  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Company
  • Corporate Commonwealth Entity
  • Non-Corporate Commonwealth Entity
  • Non-Corporate Commonwealth Statutory Authority
  • Commonwealth Company
  • Corporate State or Territory Entity
  • Non-corporate State or Territory Entity
  • Non-corporate State or Territory Statutory Authority
  • Local Government
  • Cooperative
  • Incorporated Association
  • International Entity
  • Sole Trader
  • Statutory Entity
  • Partnership
  • Person
  • Trustee on behalf of a Trust
  • Unincorporated Association

Applications from consortia are acceptable, as long as you have a lead applicant who is solely accountable to the Commonwealth for the delivery of grant activities and is an eligible entity as per the list above.

 

Timing

Applications close 2 May 2019.

 

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