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The Australian National University

PhD program

The National Centre of Biography is the ideal place to pursue a PhD thesis on biography. As well as producing the acclaimed Australian Dictionary of Biography, the NCB is the focus of a growing community of scholars, students, writers and readers who share a commitment to innovation and excellence in all aspects of biography.

Based in the History Department at the Australian National University in Canberra, the NCB is within walking distance of the rich resources held by many of the nation's cultural institutions including the National Library of Australia, National Archives of Australia, Prime Ministers Centre at Old Parliament House, National Film and Sound Archive, National War Memorial and National Museum of Australia.

PhD students at the NCB will have the opportunity to attend regular seminars and workshops on biography and join the NCB’s Biography Workshop. They will be provided with a shared room, phone and computer, and have access to the university's libraries and academic community. Some funding is available to cover fieldwork costs.

For further information, contact the NCB’s Director, Professor Melanie Nolan at

Click here to see current PhD students




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