Higher degree research can be expensive especially for those living outside Brisbane who must undertake time-consuming travel to access study resources and libraries.
However, a new UQ Fryer Library research fellowship is helping non-metropolitan Brisbane research scholars overcome financial barriers and realise their study dreams.
The Rae and George Hammer Memorial Visiting Research Fellowship was established by their daughter Dr Margaret Hammer to honour her school teacher parents who found a love for learning during the Great Depression.
The fellowship provides up to $2500 a year for Honours, Masters and PhD students from universities outside of Brisbane to use the collections held in the Fryer Library.
After the death of her parents, Dr Hammer wanted to do something to remember them and to assist young researchers.
She had pursued a career in research herself and knew how difficult it could be for young scholars to acquire funding to spend time working in a library or archive.
‘I remember having to travel to libraries and archives all over England to complete essential research for my PhD. It was expensive, time-consuming and exhausting so I thought I might be able to help others,’ Dr Hammer said.
‘I feel privileged to have the opportunity to honour my beloved parents through this fellowship and to be able to assist the next generation of researchers to complete their studies and achieve their dreams.’
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