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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on 03 8664 7335.