In 2019, two (2) AFGW Barbara Hale Fellowships will be offered at $7500 each.

The 2019 AFGW Barbara Hale Fellowships are offered to women graduates who are Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia and are enrolled for a PhD degree by research in any discipline at an Australian university. Only citizens of Australia or Australian permanent residents may apply.

For further information on criteria and conditions, go to the Guidelines. It is essential that you read these Guidelines before attempting to complete the Application form.  Access Guidelines here 2019 Guidelines

Please note that these are the only official documents. Do not refer to or use any earlier downloaded version.  Applications on earlier versions of the Application form will be rejected. Access Application form here 2019 Application Form

These Fellowships were made possible by a generous bequest from the estate of Miss Hale and will be awarded annually. Barbara  Mary  Hale  was  born  in  New  Zealand  on  5  April  1924 and died at Nedlands, Western Australia, on 5 June 2013.

Until the onset of her last illness, she was a vital member of  Graduate  Women  (WA),  especially  as  one  of  the  trio  of  GWWA members writing the history of the last fifty years of AFUW(WA) Inc.  Barbara was a staff member of the University of Western Australia Library from 1961 to  1984,  and  served  as Deputy  University  Librarian  between  1966  and  1984.  On study leave from the Library she completed a Master’s Degree at the Library School at Sheffield University.  During her tenure she was elected by academic staff to serve on the University Senate, the first woman to be so elected.

In retirement, she gave extensively of her time to the AFUW(WA) Inc. and held a variety of positions within the Association, including President, Secretary, and Membership Convener.  She was made a Life Member of AFUW(WA) in 1991. As  federal  President  during  the  1985-88  triennium  she  led  the  Australian delegation to the 1986 IFUW Christchurch Conference. During her presidency she nurtured into existence  the  first  Association  of  AFUW  in  the  Northern  Territory  and  her  personal  efforts brought into being, under the umbrella of AFUW(WA), a group of women graduates in Broome.

She was many times a voting delegate to IFUW conferences, travelling with her friend, the late Peg Hutchison of Wellington. Together they would extend the international journey to visit remote bird-watching sites. In  1992  she  established  the  AFUW(WA)  Inc.  Education  Trust,  which  she  led  from  inception, retiring from the chair only few years ago and as Trustee last October. The Trust presently administers the  funds  of  six  postgraduate  bursaries  and  in  2009  established  a  Gift  Fund  under  the  Tax Office’s  Scholarship  Category,  donations  to which  are  tax  deductible.  Barbara’s personal skills were at least matched by her careful management of the Trust funds.

As  well  as  her  work  within  AFUW,  Barbara  was  an  active  and  vigorous  member  of  other University  and  community  groups. These included the Friends of  the UWA Library, which  she served with distinction as Vice-President for ten years. She served on the St Catherine’s College Council   from   1977–1990   and   was   elected   an   Honorary   Fellow   of   the   College   in   2003.   The Barbara  Hale  Sail  Training  Award,  open  to St.  Catherine’s students,  was  established  in  1989.  She made a significant   contribution   to   the   National   Trust   of   Australia   (WA)   over   many   years.

She was  awarded   Honorary   Life  Membership   of   the   Trust   in   2005.  She  played   a leading  role  in  Birds  Australia  –  WA  Group.  She  was  a  Charter  member  of  the  Zonta  Club  of  Perth when  it  was  formed  in  December  1971;    she  was  one  of  the  original  Club  officers  as  a  Director until   she   became   Vice-President  from   1974-1976  and  President  1976-78.  In   2011, she was   awarded   the Western   Australian Government’s 50 years Volunteer Service Badge.