The Fred Johns Scholarship for Biography

In 1932, Fred Johns, whose 1906 publication ‘John’s Notable Australians’ was the precursor of ‘Who’s Who in Australia’, bequeathed £1,500 to the University to establish a scholarship to be called “The Fred Johns Scholarship for Biography” to encourage the writing of biographies on eminent Australians.

The endowment is to be used to assist the writing of biographies of eminent deceased Australians by Academic staff and Postgraduate students in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics. The Faculty is calling for Expressions of Interest.

Scholarship rules

Submission deadline: 5:00 pm, 6 October 2023.

Expression of Interest

Personal details



I declare that the information I have supplied on this form is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I understand that if I am awarded the scholarship and the University of Adelaide if at any time thereafter forms the reasonable view that my application included false or misleading information or documentation, I authorise the University of Adelaide to obtain such additional information deemed necessary to assess my application for this scholarship.

I understand that the University of Adelaide will not use or disclose any information supplied on the application form or obtained for the selection process without my written consent, other than for the selection process of this scholarship (which may include disclosure to third parties such as donors). All such information will be managed in accordance with the University of Adelaide Privacy Policy and Management plan available at