A gardener at midnight, by Peter Lyssiotis, 2003 creative fellow
The diversity of Creative Fellowship projects undertaken in previous years reflects the Library's place as a hub of intellectual inquiry and discourse across a broad range of disciplines.
- Nam Le – research for a novel treating, in part, with 20th century Vietnam.
- Jenny Grigg – illustrated book on contemporary book design, Cover stories.
- Joanna Drimatis – book manuscript, Rediscovering hidden treasures: the music of Robert Hughes AM.
- Stephen Banham – book manuscript, I'll have what he's having: finding the voice of Australian graphic design 1930–1970 (working title).
- Antoni Jach – artist's book, In ruins: Luxor and Thebes past and present.
- Kevin Childs and Emily McCulloch Childs – book manuscript that tells the scarcely-known stories of Aboriginal resistance leaders, Warriors on the frontier.
- Linden Lyons – book manuscript, Thomas Denton Clarke: his chess problems and the Melbourne Leader in the 19th and 20th centuries.
- Lucy Fahey – animation on Victoria's past and present loiterers, A history of loitering.
- Margaret Bowman – book manuscript, Cultured colonists: George Alexander Gilbert and his family
- Tony Moore – documentary script, Marcus Clarke: an unnatural life
- Luke Beesley – research for a book manuscript based on Victorian seed dispersal and wind patterns.
- James Griffin – three cycles of lyric ballads and poems that portray life in a rural Victorian town.
- Leah Kaminsky – research for a non-fiction narrative about Yiddish–Polish poet Melekh Ravitch.
- Barbara Lemon – research for a book manuscript about Ola Cohn, a pioneer of modernist sculpture.
- Sandra Fiona Long – a performance script that explores the relationship between humans and wind.
- Anne Longmire – research on the history of the Catalysts Club.
- Jim Pavlidis – an illustrated book based on a diary about dance classes taken in 1914.
- Monica Raszewski – a play that explores friendships and mother–daughter relationships.
- Roger Averill – biography of Werner Pelz, Rumours of hope
- Robyn Ballinger – book manuscript, Conquering aridity: the nature and culture of water in Victoria's north
- Paul Davis – design and illustration of zines, pamphlets and ephemera
- Christine Eid – book manuscript, In the driver's seat: a history of Victoria’s female taxi drivers 1918–2008
- Elissa Goodrich – contemporary world-jazz suite with supporting visual artwork, Child's play…games in time of war
- Michael Shirrefs – artist's book and radio program inspired by a volume of early Parisian maps, The tale of the 1880 'Atlas des anciens plans de Paris'
- Sasha Grishin – catalogue raisonné about ST Gill and his public
- Deb Verhoeven and Brian Morris – book manuscript, A history of Melbourne–Sydney rivalry
- Michael Watson – series of articles about the public library and loan exhibitions during the 1860s
- Angela Betzien & Leticia Caceres – a new concept for a location-based game and live performance event for young people
- Meredith Fletcher – biography of Jean Galbraith: gardener, botanist, conservationist and writer
- Margaret Geddes – Fighting for peace: Victorian women peace activists during World War I
- Kevin Morgan – The career of Frederick John Piggott, CIB superintendent 1913–1928
- Andrián Pertout – twenty-four solo piano miniatures incorporating quotations from early Australian composers
- Tom Petsinis – novel framed in present-day Fitzroy focusing on a childhood in the 1960s
- Fiona Tuomy & Liz Burke – Australian cultural identity: an exploration of the development of Australian arts and cultural identity in the 1970s
- Morris Gleitzman – three children's novels
- Jessie Mitchell – In good faith? Governing Indigenous Australia through god, charity and empire 1825–1855
- Trudy White – Catalogue of the world: an illustrated children's book
- Kate Daw – love objects: a visual art project exploring collected objects, place and time
- Jane Grant – Paradise and yet: a critical biography of Cynthia Nolan
- Michael Gurr – The union book (working title)
- Ross McMullin – Geoff McCrae and Australia's lost generation
- David Mence – The First Fleet: in search of the Australian leviathan
- Tom Nicholson – The camp: an exploration of the disparate histories of Royal Park
- Richard Raber & Naomi Bishops – Australian modernism: an exploration of innovative residential architecture from the 1950s and 1960s
- Irine Vela – Australia in danger: slide night, a multimedia historical music–drama for five actors & three musicians
- Juan Davila – Panorama of Melbourne
- Sarah Cathcart – Boat 2: Australia at war
- Eileen Chanin & Steven Miller – comparative study of sculptor Dora Ohlfsen, musicologist Louise Hanson-Dyer, publicist Alleyne Clarice Zander and artist Mary Cecil Allen
- Caroline Clemente – Dr Howitt's corner: a civilised centre in early Melbourne
- Julie Anne Gough – Strait crossings: 19th century indigenous relocation between Victoria and Van Deimen's Land and beyond
- Chloe Hooper – Western District novel
- Judy Horacek – The quests and questions of home
- Christopher Kohn & Lally Katz – History of Melbourne's vaudeville artists and theatres between the wars
- Bruno Leti – The wandering lines in verse, maps and image of Victoria: from coastline to desert
- Kirsty Murray – Escaping Lilliput: a novel for younger readers
- Elizabeth Willis – gentlemen amateur collectors in Port Phillip 1835–1855
- Hilary Maddocks – the art of print: documentation of European illustrated printed books c1470–1550
- Fiona Capp – Once an outlaw
- Lyn Gallacher – Magic words: an exploration of the life and art of Will Alma
- Elizabeth Gertsakis – Horror, calamity and graphthos in Victorian popular illustrated news in Melbourne 1875–1877
- Xenia Hanusiak – golden threads: an opera
- Jack Hibberd – The Nunawading Messiah and the chosen people of Victoria
- Brian Lipson – Bergasse 19: the apartments of Sigmund Freud
- Paul Paffen – War and peace: H Septimus Power and M Napier Waller and the murals of the State Library of Victoria
- John Ryrie – a medieval bestiary representing some of the people and animals Europeans believed existed on the Great Southern continent
- Terence Sawyer – Tracing the line: an analysis of the development of the architecture of William Pitt
- Lisa Sullivan – Sybil Craig: art and archive
- Christian Bumbarra Thompson – A reinterpretation of Percy Leason's Aboriginal paintings
- Maria Tumarkin – The chronicles of unaccompanied minors
- Rachel Weaver – Defending the homestead: representations of Aboriginal and settler violence in colonial and late-colonial Australian popular culture
- Arnold Zable – Sea of many returns
- Paul Fox – Travelling: Europe in the Australian imagination?
- Danielle Clode – Visions of Australia: the role of French scientists in the development of Australian natural history
- Martin Friedel – Underworld songs
- Genevieve Grieves – Picture the past: representing photographic portraits of indigenious Victorians
- Richard Aitken – Botanical riches
- Leslie A Fraser – A natural and social history of the Merri Creek catchment from Wurundjeri times to 2004
- Rod Jones – Cultural desert? Australian artists (1945–1975) and their responses to a conformist society
- Daniel Palmer – The birth of Australian fashion photography
- Carolyn Rasmussen – Maurice and Doris Blackburn and the 'struggle for freedom and advancement' in Australia, 1900–1970
- Alan Warren – a re-examination of the casualty statistics for the Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres) campaign of autumn 1917
- Jeffrey Wassmann & Kirsten Rann – Possible worlds: Melbourne through the eyes of another
- Robyn Annear – Whelan The Wrecker was here
- Paul De Serville – completing the editing of Captain Frederick Charles Standish's diaries
- Delia Falconer – The soft republic
- Peter Lyssiotis – The garden at midnight: journey into the Holy Land
- John Romeril – Some time in the shed
- John Wolseley – Imagining nature: old books, new images
- Bill Garner & Sue Gore – a play about Sir Redmond Barry and the foundation of the State Library of Victoria
- Marshall McGuire – researching the collection of composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks
- Michael McKernan – Drought: the Australian experience
- Bev Roberts – Drysdale and Newcombe, an extraordinary partnership
- Richard Divall – preparing eight to ten volumes of major Australian compositions for publication and performance
- Jane Lydon – photographing Victoria's Moravian Aboriginal reserves