ANU provides publication subsidies for eligible authors whose work has been accepted for publication by ANU Press.

Subsidies are determined by the Publication Subsidy Committee, which is chaired by ANU University Librarian Ms Roxanne Missingham. The Committee meets twice a year, usually in March and September, to consider the applications. ANU Press administers the Publication Subsidy Fund and provides secretariat services to the Committee.

In evaluating applications, in addition to the criterion set out under ‘Purpose’ below, the Committee will take into account the quality of the work, as assessed by referees or by other means.

The Committee may give preference to early career researchers.

Enquiries to ANU Press on 6125 0262 or


The Vice-Chancellor allocates funds to assist the publication of the results of academic research of staff members or students of the University that are published by ANU Press——on the basis of the University’s commitment to scholarly publishing.


Applications are usually called twice a year, and the maximum amount for any one subsidy is $3,000. Each subsidy is discrete: no long-standing commitment will be made towards the costs of ongoing publications such as journals or other series. Typical activities funded include copy-editing and indexing. The publication subsidy will not be approved for commissioning cover designs, as ANU Press includes publication cover design as part of its publishing process. Translations of works into or from English are unlikely to be supported unless they are of exceptional literary or scholarly merit.

Eligibility criteria

All staff members and students of the University publishing their work through ANU Press may apply. The application must relate to a completed piece of work conducted while at the University and negotiations with ANU Press must be at an advanced stage. Subsidies will only be allocated to works that have undergone evaluation by the relevant Editorial Board (, been successfully taken through the double-blind peer-review process and accepted by ANU Press for publication.

Conditions of the subsidy

Successful applicants must enter into an arrangement with the University concerning such matters as acknowledgement of the University’s assistance in the work and the provision of a copy of the published work to the Governance Office. The subsidy will lapse 12 months from the date of approval by the Committee and any unclaimed funds will be reallocated in the next round. If the work has not been published within 12 months, the applicant will have to reapply for a new subsidy.

Application process

Applicants are requested to submit a completed application form (see PDF version or Word version in reference document section) along with the following documentation:

  • Completed Book Proposal Form (PDF, 171.7 KB) (filled out by the lead author/editor).
  • Completed Proposal Evaluation Form (PDF, 163.9 KB), signed by the chair of the relevant Editorial Board
  • Two peer-review reports recommending publication of the proposal by ANU Press.
  • Quotes from copy-editors/indexers for the relevant work being carried out.
  • Information on other sources of funding (e.g. ARC grants, financial support by other institutions).
  • Table of contents – including names of authors and their affiliation.
  • Signed contracts from all leading authors/editors.
  • Other relevant documents.

Note that the number of subsidies granted each year is limited. Applications that demonstrate that, without the subsidy, crucial publishing components such as copy-editing may not be able to be undertaken will be given priority.

Application due date

The next round of subsidy applications are due by 30 September 2018. No out-of-round applications will be considered by the Committee.

Send applications to:

Manager, ANU Press
RG Menzies Building (#2)
The Australian National University
Acton ACT 2601

Or email