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The Hugh Martin Weir Prize – now open for 2015

The Barr Smith Library is pleased to invite applications for the 2015 Hugh Martin Weir Prize.

The Prize is to honour the memory of Lieutenant Hugh Martin Weir (1915 – 2004) and his fellow prisoners of war. Hugh was a prisoner of war of the Japanese in Java for three and a half years between 1942 and 1945.

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The purpose of the prize is to encourage study and research, including use of the Barr Smith Library collections, into any aspect of Australian prisoners of war of the Japanese during the Second World War. This may include the capture, captivity, treatment, conditions, release and repatriation of these prisoners of war and may include the effects of captivity on their lives, their health and their families. The research could be under the umbrella of any discipline, including humanities, social sciences, medicine, law, international studies or literature.

The Prize is open to University of Adelaide students in an Honours thesis program or a postgraduate program by coursework or by research, either commencing or already in progress. Postdoctoral researchers are eligible to apply within three years of a doctoral award.

The Prize will award up to $1,000 annually which may be put towards the costs of travel and accommodation, books, printing, inter-library loans, copying and publication or other agreed purposes identified in the candidate’s application to support the research.

Applications open on the 1st of October 2014 and the closing date has been extended to 27 February 2015.

For more information and details on how to apply, please see the Hugh Martin Weir Prize web page.

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