Digital Fellowship

State Library Victoria wishes to position itself as a leader in the adoption of new and innovative technologies, and is working to transform the digital experience it offers users.

We have digitised over 745,000 collection items, resulting in more than 3.1 million digitised files. This includes pictures, glass plate negatives, maps and plans, pamphlets and theatre programmes, posters, manuscripts, serials and newspapers. These digitised items can be accessed via the Search & discover section of our website.

About the Digital Fellowship

The Digital Fellowship has been established to:

  • encourage new forms of scholarship that use the Library's digitised collections and datasets for digital humanities research
  • foster the development of innovative ways of aggregating, navigating, searching or browsing these digitised items to increase their utility and discoverability
  • enhance the experience and understanding of iconic physical items in the Library's collection through the creative application of digital technologies.

Specific challenges

The 2017 fellowship offers two specific challenges:

  • create a digital experience that will bring one or some of our key physical collection items alive – see our Collections guide (below) for information about our digitised collection items
  • use our open data sets to demonstrate a new way to explore or enhance our digitised content.

Projects addressing these challenges might use virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D imaging, linked open data, geo-referencing or any other new or emerging technology.


Applications for the 2017–18 Fellowship closed on Sunday 23 April 2017. The recipient will be officially welcomed in late July.

More information

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