Phyllis Montgomerie Commonwealth Award

Each year the Royal Commonwealth Society ACT selects and presents to a promising scholar, the Phyllis Montgomerie Commonwealth Award. Generously funded by a bequest from Phyllis Montgomerie OAM, a former President of the society and lifelong advocate for social justice, the award of up to $5000 funds a postgraduate student or other scholar based in Canberra who can demonstrate the importance of their research. The scholarship should go towards the expenses associated with a research or education project to be conducted in a Commonwealth country, including Australia.


There is no restriction on the field of study or endeavour. 

There is no age limit. 

To be considered, however, projects should have the potential for demonstrable benefit for the subjects of the study and include a clear statement of objectives and identifiable outcomes. 


To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • Australian citizens 
  • Residents of the Australian Capital Territory 
  • If student, be studying towards a postgraduate qualification 


Entries are now open online and should be submitted by 5.00pm on Friday 20 October 2017.

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Online Application Form

Interested in applying? Applications must be completed using the online application form by the deadline. Read the criteria on the application form. Unfortunately we cannot accept late applications. 

Past Scholars 

We are tremendously proud of our past Phyllis Montgomerie Award Scholars and their ongoing success.  Check out biographies of past winners and find out more about their important research and work. 

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