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Find the answers to all your frequently asked questions below, and read more about our 2022 fellows.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to provide referees in my application?

Yes. Applicants need to provide contact details of two referees. 

Who should I ask to be a referee?

Referees should be knowledgeable about your research or creative skills and ability to complete projects. 

Can I save work on my application form as I go?

Yes, the SmartyGrants portal allows you to save progress on your application form and come back to it as many times as you like. When you’re ready, you can submit your form.

I'm having trouble applying through the SmartyGrants portal, what should I do?

Please email with details of your issue and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Can I submit more than one application for a single fellowship?

Yes, you can submit multiple proposals for the same fellowship, as long as the criteria are met and your proposed outcomes are different.

Can I submit applications for multiple fellowships in the same round?

Yes, you can apply for as many fellowships as you like.

Can I submit a late application?

No, late applications will not be accepted. The submission deadline is Sunday 5 September 2021 at 11.59pm.

Can a team of creatives or researchers apply for a fellowship?

Yes, collaborative projects of up to three participants will be considered.

I have already received funding for my project, am I still able to apply?

Yes, but the fellowship program preferences projects that are not currently funded.

If I receive fellowship payments directly, do I have to pay tax?

The Library recommends that fellows seek financial advice that considers their personal circumstances.

When will successful applicants be notified?

All applicants will be advised of the outcome in November 2021 via email. Please keep an eye on our website or social media channels for related announcements.

How long do I have to complete the fellowship?

Fellows have a 12-month residency period. During this time, there are certain requirements that will need to be met by successful applicants, as detailed in the fellowship guidelines. State Library Victoria understands that the outcome/s of fellowships can occur outside the 12-month residency period. We encourage fellowship alumni to keep in touch and let us know about future outcomes.

See fellowship guidelines for availability requirements linked to eligibility.

When do I start my fellowship?

Fellowships can be undertaken at any time during the calendar year from January – December 2022, following the official announcement in November 2021.

Can I choose when I start my fellowship?

Successful applicants must be available for an induction session between Monday 22 November and Friday 3 December 2021. Fellows can decide when and how often to use their office space, as long as it occurs within the 12-month period between January – December 2022.

Can I extend my fellowship?

No. All fellowships will conclude in December 2022 as the next round of fellows will commence in January 2023.

What am I expected to deliver as a Fellow?

Fellows are required to:

  • provide two progress updates, either face-to-face or via online conferencing
  • be available for internal and external media interviews and contribute content to promote and showcase the program publicly through the Library’s channels
  • participate in an Open Studio program, showcasing some aspect of work in progress through the tour as well as the Library’s internal and external channels
  • grant the Library first right of publication in any format of the results of research or creative endeavour
  • freely deposit any written material developed during the fellowship
  • acknowledge the support of the Library, and use the branding of the Library in any publication or promotion of the fellowship project.

During the 12-month period of tenure, fellows may be asked to share their work in progress/research through Library channels, including:

  • contributing to the La Trobe Journal
  • participating in staff and public presentations
  • providing of blogs posts and/or visual diaries
  • participating in public programs and events.
What funding do fellows receive?
  • Creative Fellowships: $15,000
  • Regional Fellowships: $15,000
  • Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Research Fellowships: $15,000
  • Berry Family Fellowship: $15,000
  • La Trobe Society Fellowship: $15,000
  • Marion Orme Page Regional Fellowships in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria: $15,000
  • Georges Mora Foundation Fellowship: $10,000
  • Russell Beedles Performing Arts Fellowship: $15,000
  • Redmond Barry Fellowship: $15,000
  • Tate Adams Memorial Residency at Baldessin Press & Studio: studio access, accommodation and support to the value of $5,000
  • Amor Residency at Baldessin Press & Studio: studio access, accommodation and support to the value of $5,000
What can I spend fellowship funds on? What expenses will the fellowships cover?

Fellowship funds can be spent on living expenses, travel expenses and any other reasonable expense to facilitate the completion of the fellowship. Note that fellows are paid in two instalments, half on commencement and half at the mid-way point of the fellowship. 

Baldessin Press & Studio residencies receive studio access, accommodation and support to the value of $5000. These funds can not be reallocated.

In addition to funding, what else is provided to support Fellows?

Over a 12-month period, fellows are provided with:

  • space in a shared office in the historic La Trobe Reading Room annulus
  • access to liaison Librarians who will connect fellows to collections and staff with specialist expertise
What kind of projects are likely to be successful?

Applicants are encouraged to review the work of previous State Library Victoria fellows. 

What are the Library’s cultural protocols for working with Indigenous content?

Any fellowship applications that have an Indigenous focus or Indigenous content have to show a connection to the Indigenous communities relevant to the project.

This could be in the form of either:

  • a letter of support (from a member of the Indigenous community)
  • a partnered or joint fellowship application.

Observing and following cultural protocols is necessary to ensure the cultural integrity of a project.

Can I apply for a fellowship if I have already been awarded one in previous years?

No, previous fellows are ineligible.

How do I apply for a State Library Victoria fellowship?

Applications for all fellowships must be submitted online via SmartyGrants.

Applications close at 11.59pm on 5 September 2021.

Will I get feedback on my application?

Yes. Please email to request feedback.

Do you have any tips for applying?

Come along to our information night or a drop-in session to find out more about the program and application process.

Does the Library have a COVID-safe plan?

Yes. Please see our COVID-safe plan.

If I submit my project early, will I still be able to access my office until the end of the tenure?

Yes. You can access your space during the calendar year from January – December 2022.

Where can I find out more about the fellowships on offer in 2022?

Find out more about the 2022 Fellowships Program. If you would like further information, please contact