From his arrival in Sydney, Russian ethnographer and biologist, Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay was supported by William John Macleay because of their shared investment in the natural sciences.
The fellowship was established in 1988 with funds raised by the Macleay Museum and the Miklouho-Maclay Society to enable a research fellow to work with the Macleay Collections in the fields of interest of Sir William Macleay (1820–91) and Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay (1846–88).
Funding is available up to $12,000 to support research based with the Macleay Collections full time for a minimum of three months or part-time equivalent.
Thérèse Harrison was awarded the 2020 Macleay Miklouho Maclay Fellowship for analytical spectrographic work on resins, building on recent exhibition consultations with Aboriginal communities.
Prof Ángel L. Viloria arrived in July 2023 to take up his Macleay Miklouho-Maclay Fellowship work on type specimens of North, Central and South American butterflies described by Dru Drury (1725-1804) and Johan Christian Fabricius (1745-1808) in the Macleay entomological collections.
Applications are now open
Candidates should submit their research proposal (including a timeline), a sample of reviewed or published work, together with a curriculum vitae to the Senior Curator, Macleay Collections below:
+61 2 9036 6486
Please note, applications close Friday 1 March 2024 and applicants will be contacted in April on the status of their proposal.
The fellowship is awarded under the following conditions (approved by the Academic Board on 24 April 1989):
Fellows are appointed by the Academic Board on the recommendation of a committee consisting of:
The period of, and emolument for, each fellowship shall be determined by the selection committee on the basis of available funds.
The Macleay Miklouho-Maclay Fellowship began in 1988. Successful applicants are listed below along with their research topics and publication where it is related to the Fellowship. Some Fellow’s work was published online within our collections database.
1989 Lois Tilbrook: Compilation of collectors and their handwriting
1992 Daniel Tumarkin: Compilation of information on Miklouho-Maclay in Australia
1993 Clemency Fisher: Partial catalogue of Macleay vertebrate collections
1995 Shane Ahyong: Identification and catalogue of decapod crustacea in the Macleay Museum
1997 Graham Fulton: Review Macleay bird collections (skins, nests, eggs, skeletons)
1999 Stephen Wroe: Analysis of trophic diversity among marsupial carnivores in Australia.
2000 Mike Letnik: Pre-European trade that stretched across the nation.
2001 (relinquished) Jude Philp: The role of natural history in the British and Australian expansion into Torres Strait and PNG
2002 Kirk Huffman: Ni-Vanuatu collections in the Macleay, update catalogues and communicate results to National Cultural Centre, Vanuatu.
2006 Susie Davies: Miklouho-Maclay’s and WJ Macleay’s ethnographic collections
2009 Dominic Cross: The taxonomic and Historical Biography of the Insect Collections of the Macleay Museum, pertaining to specimens collected by William Sharp Macleay during the years of his diplomatic posting in Cuba from 1825 to 1836.
2010 Michael Shea: Identification and documentation of the Macleay Museum’s Australian and Indo-Pacific non-marine mollusc collection as a resource aid for researchers.
2014 Lindsey Gray: Uncovering the hidden past of the Macleay Museum Kakapo.
2015 Harry Parnaby: Type specimen inventory: MMUS mammal collection and associated archival documentation.
Featured image (top of the page): dendrolagus dorianus, Ramsay 1883, collected in Port Moresby, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea