Give your ideas a flying start with a Library Fellowship.
Amazing things happen when you bring your ideas to the Library and use the State Collection to imagine new possibilities.
Whether you’re an artist, writer, storyteller, educator, researcher or creative, a fellowship can help your ideas soar.
As a Library fellow, you can delve into the collection, explore the Library as a unique place for creation and do something incredible with what you find here.
The collection spans more than 5 million items, including books, manuscripts, maps, music, artwork, newspapers and objects. Immerse yourself, unearth hidden gems and create bold and imaginative work that expands our collective understanding of the nature of libraries. The possibilities are endless.
Fellowships are for everyone – you don’t need any particular experience or credentials. We provide funding, a desk at the Library and a dedicated librarian to help you find what you need. Have a look at some previous fellowship projects.
Make sure you read our frequently asked questions before applying.
Diversity and inclusion
We encourage applications from people who are:
Indigenous Aboriginal or First Nations
culturally and linguistically diverse
or members of a marginalised community.
We’re working with Arts Access Victoria to make sure the fellowships are as accessible as possible. We can offer extra funding to support your access needs and we will work with you to make reasonable adjustments where possible.
Find out more about accessibility or contact us to talk about your needs:
or via 8664 7000
Arts Access Victoria can only offer help to d/Deaf and Disabled applicants
Arts Access Victoria
Arts Access Victoria can provide access support with your application. This could be reviewing your draft proposal, helping you compile support material or helping you complete the form. For information about access support, contact Sarah Fiddaman:
or phone 03 8640 6007
For more information, visit the Arts Access Victoria website.
2024 Fellowships Program
Watch an Auslan video about State Library Victoria's Fellowships Program. Find out:
- which fellowships are on offer for 2024
- what funding and support fellows receive
- how to apply.
An accessible version of the fellowships webpages will soon be available to download upon request.
Applications open: Monday 13 February 2024
Online information session with Arts Access Victoria: Tuesday 20 February 2024, 3–4.30pm
In-person information session: Wednesday 21 February 2024, 6–7.30pm, State Library Victoria Theatrette
Applications close: Tuesday 26 March 2024 at 5pm
Notifications: Late May to early June 2024
We are hosting two information sessions about the 2024–25 Fellowships Program round.
Online info session with Arts Access Victoria:
Tuesday 20 February 2024, 3–4.30pm
View the online info session here
In-person info session:
State Library Victoria Theatrette
Wednesday 21 February 2024, 6–7.30pm
View the in-person info session here
These sessions will be Auslan-interpreted and recorded with closed captions. The in-person info session will be livestreamed.
Contact us through the National Relay Service:
- for accessibility inquiries, ask for 8664 7005 to speak to the Access and Inclusion Librarian
- for all other inquiries, ask for 8664 7002
For more information, visit the National Relay Service website.