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Dr Joseph Brown AO Fellowship

Please note: this fellowship was funded over three years and awarded in 2009, 2010 and 2011. This fellowship is no longer offered.

The Dr Joseph Brown AO Fellowship awarded one scholar in each year of its operation up to six months' funding to use our collections to further their art-history studies.

The successful applicant was awarded up to $20,000 and given access to space in a private study within the Library, which could be used outside normal opening hours.

The fellowship was offered with the help of the Besen Family Foundation.

About Joseph Brown

Dr Joseph Brown AO, OBE was born in Poland in 1918 and migrated to Australia in 1933, settling in Melbourne. He trained initially as an artist and later became a leading art dealer and consultant.

Brown reclaimed the work of forgotten artists, introduced and mentored many new artists, and built an outstanding private collection of Australian art.

In May 2004, Brown donated most of his collection to the National Gallery of Victoria. His archive, including correspondence with many Australian artists and other prominent Australian art figures, was donated to the Library in 2007.