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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, Indigenous cultural research and digital technology.

Three new fellowships have been awarded in 2019: the Photography Fellowship, the Regional Fellowship and the Tate Adams Memorial Residency.

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.

2020 program

The call for 2020 applications will open at the beginning of April, with submissions closing in mid-June to late June. All applications need to be submitted online.

An Information Evening for intending applicants will be held on Wednesday 22 April 2020.

Shortlisting and judging will take place in July. Our 2020 fellows will be announced at a Welcome Reception in early September, and recipients can commence their residencies after that date.

A warm welcome to our 2019 fellows

The following Library fellowships were awarded:

The following fellowships were not offered in 2019:

More information

  • Read the media release announcing our 2019 fellowships recipients.
  • 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.