The Australian Research Council and archaeology

13th January 2014

David Frankel


This note has been prepared at the request of the editors of AA. It is an attempt to provide an insight into the procedures adopted by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Humanities Panel, to dispel some myths and to provide some advice to applicants. It is a personal view, based on my one year as a member of the Panel, and should not be taken to represent any official policy, practice or data. A formal presentation of ARC procedures and successful grant applications is available on the ARC homepage <>. An official review of ARC funding in Classics, Classical Archaeology and Prehistory provides a clear account of ARC grants and policies up to 1990 (Mulvaney et al. 1994). Most of the comments made in that report are equally valid today, although few, if any, of the specific recommendations have been taken up by the ARC.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Frankel, D.
The Australian Research Council and archaeology
December 1997
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