Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Research Fellowship guidelines

Objectives & outcomes

  • To support Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal researchers to identify cultural knowledge in the Library’s collections.
  • To make knowledge about Victorian Aboriginal society and the Library’s collections more accessible to Aboriginal people through the outcomes of fellowship projects.
  • To contribute to the research being undertaken by the Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Research Group.
  • Fellows will be given the time, space and support to undertake their research.

Outcomes from a fellowship project may include:

  • piecing together Indigenous knowledge from the collections to inform cultural practice in the community; for example, identifying designated cultural territory
  • working with Library staff to produce research material for the community.

Fellows will also:

  • make at least one community presentation on their research process or the results of their research
  • explore opportunities with the Library to publish the results of their research
  • deposit with the Library a copy of any work produced
  • provide relevant website content (eg blog posts or social media)
  • meet regularly with staff in the Koori Unit to discuss research progress
  • be available for publicity purposes, such as NITV and ABC Open, to promote the results of the fellowship
  • acknowledge the support of the Library, and use the branding of the Library in any publication or promotion
  • submit a short report at the conclusion of the fellowship providing feedback on the experience.

What does a fellowship offer?

  • A grant that can be used to assist with travel, research and living expenses.
  • Space in a shared office accessible outside normal Library hours.
  • Special access to collections and staff expertise.
  • Complimentary Friends of the Library membership for one year after the conclusion of their fellowship.

Can I apply?

  • If you identify as an Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal person, you are eligible to apply.
  • Independent, grassroots researchers and creators working either in collaboration or independently are eligible to apply.*
  • Projects that have already commenced are eligible.
  • Academics with access to paid study leave as part of their employment conditions and projects that are supported by university-derived funding are not eligible for a funded fellowship.
  • Projects that are part of examination requirements towards a degree or similar qualification are not eligible.
  • Previous recipients of a funded fellowship are not eligible to apply for a funded fellowship.

* We encourage you to contact us for further eligibility clarification before submitting your application.

How are projects selected?

  • Applications must address key criteria:
    • demonstrated use of the Library’s collections
    • demonstrate how the research will benefit the Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal community.
  • Applications must also include two referees:
    • one referee who is an Aboriginal person or from an Aboriginal community organisation to support the statement of identity
    • one referee to support your ability to undertake the research.
  • Applications are read and shortlisted by the Library’s Koori Unit according to the key criteria.
  • Shortlisted applications are provided to an independent selection panel who will make a recommendation for a successful applicant.
  • Following the selection panel meeting, referees are contacted and applicants may also be requested to present at an interview.
  • The selection panel's recommendation and a report are prepared for the Library Board of Victoria meeting.
  • Following the acceptance of the offer of a fellowship, unsuccessful applicants are advised by email.

What happens to my intellectual property?

  • All copyright in the works created by a recipient during the course of a fellowship continues to vest in the creator.

Need more information?

Contact Gail Schmidt at fellows@slv.vic.gov.au or on 03 8664 7335.