The State Library's fellowships program is one of the most substantial in Australia. Each year, the Library offers Creative Fellowships to encourage the original and imaginative use or development of the Library's collections for new work.

The Library also provides a number of specialist fellowships to support and recognise the importance of scholarly endeavour in areas ranging from children's literature and social history to the visual arts, theatre, 19th-century Victoria and Ukrainian studies.

This year, a new Digital Fellowship will be offered for the first time, established to encourage innovative uses of the Library's digitised collections and data.

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

The 2017–18 program for the following fellowships is now open:

Applications close on Sunday 23 April 2017. Please read the fellowship guidelines and see the individual fellowship pages for application forms.

Note: there are separate guidelines and application procedures for the John Emmerson Research Fellowship and Digital Fellowship.

Recipients of the Library's 2017–18 fellowships will be officially welcomed in July 2017.

The following fellowships will not be offered in 2017:

  • AGL Shaw Summer Fellowships
  • Berry Family Fellowship

Visit our Library Fellows gallery to see examples of the wonderful work undertaken by past fellows and the innovative ways they have presented their research.