Creative Fellowships

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The Library's Creative Fellowship program provides artists and scholars with a unique and supportive environment in which to immerse themselves in our collections. We invite recipients to be inspired by, repurpose, transform or imaginatively respond to published or original sources, such as manuscripts, maps, music, newspapers, oral histories and rare printed material, in any way they choose.

Applicants may be individuals or working in collaborative partnerships. They may include artists practising in any art form – such as the visual arts, new media, dance, musical performance or composition – and writers and scholars in any discipline or subject.

Fellows receive a grant of $15,000 for three months' research, space in a shared office that is accessible outside normal Library hours, and special access to collections and staff expertise.

Honorary fellowships may also be awarded. These fellows receive the same benefits as funded fellows, without the monetary grant.

The fellowships are funded by the State Library of Victoria Foundation and other program partners, and are awarded annually on the advice of independent expert panels.

Applications for the 2018–19 fellowship are now open. Fellowship applications must be received by 11.59pm on Sunday 22 April 2018. Six Creative Fellowships will be awarded.

More information

If you have specific questions about the Creative Fellowship requirements or selection process, contact Gail Schmidt at or on 03 8664 7335.