The State Library's fellowships program is one of the most substantial in Australia. Each year, the Library offers Creative Fellowships to encourage the original and imaginative use or development of the Library's collections for new work.

The Library also provides a number of specialist fellowships to support and recognise the importance of scholarly endeavour in areas ranging from children's literature and social history to the visual arts, theatre, 19th-century Victoria, digital technology and Ukrainian studies.

This year, the inaugural Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Research Fellowship supports Aboriginal researchers to explore the Library's collections to produce research material that can be used by the community.

The fellowships are funded by the State Library Victoria Foundation and other program partners, and are awarded annually on the advice of independent expert panels.

Application dates

Applications for the Library's annual fellowships program open in February each year, and close in mid- to late April.

To find out more about the program selection criteria, come along to the 2019 fellowships information evening on 19 February, 6pm to 7.30pm, in the Village Roadshow Theatrette.

A warm welcome to our 2018 fellows

The following Library fellowships were awarded:

The following fellowships were not offered in 2018:

More information

  • Read our media release announcing our 2018 fellowships recipients.
  • Visit our Library Fellows gallery to see examples of the wonderful work undertaken by past fellows and the innovative ways they have presented their research.