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Dome Centenary Fellowships

Four special fellowships were awarded in 2013 to celebrate the centenary of the Library's dome. These fellowships are no longer offered.

These special fellowships carried a grant of $25,000 for projects in any field of enquiry that attracted members of the community not already engaged with the Library.

Dome Centenerary Felllowship recipients

What were the criteria?

Projects explored one or more of the four following themes:

  • Celebrating the dome as a place
  • The dome as a way of bringing people into the Library
  • Exploring the potential of the Library
  • Imagining the future of the Library.

What did a Dome Centenary Fellowship offer?

Fellows became part of the Library community, with access to a study for the period of the fellowship, which could be used outside normal opening hours of the Library. Librarians familiar with the collections that formed the focus of projects were assigned to assist each fellow. Fellows also had access to the Foundation members lounge for the duration of their fellowship.

How were projects selected?

Applications were shortlisted by Library staff according to the key criteria of exploration of one or more of the four themes and use of the Library collections and/or unique spaces, especially the dome.

Shortlisted applications were provided to an independent expert committee of the Library Board of Victoria, along with the complete list of all applications. Committee members were also able to call into consideration applications that were not on the shortlist.

Following the committee meeting, Library staff contacted referees for recommended projects and, subject to favourable reports, the recommended projects were presented to the Library Board at its June meeting.

The Board considered the recommendation and awarded four fellowships for commencement on or after 1 July 2013. Following the acceptance of the offers of fellowships in June, unsuccessful applicants were advised by email.

What were the requirements?

Successful applicants were required to:

  • take up the fellowship in the twelve month period from 1 July 2013
  • make significant use of the resources of the State Library of Victoria
  • spend at least 75 per cent of their research time at the State Library of Victoria and
  • give due acknowledgement of the Library’s support in any publication, presentation or performance of the work.

Where it was appropriate or desirable, Dome Centenary Fellows were also invited to:

  • deposit a copy of their work in the collection of the State Library
  • give the State Library the first opportunity to publish the results of the fellowship
  • give a public presentation on the results of their creative activity or research
  • actively participate in a community programming event.

What happened to the intellectual property?

All copyright in the works created by fellows during the course of their fellowship continues to vest in the creator.