Frequently asked questions
Yes. Applicants need to provide contact details of two referees.
Referees should be knowledgeable about your research or creative skills and ability to complete projects.
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.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your issue and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.
Yes, you can submit multiple proposals for the same fellowship, as long as the criteria are met and your proposed outcomes are different.
Yes, you can apply for as many fellowships as you like.
No, late applications will not be accepted. The submission deadline is Sunday 5 September 2021 at 11.59pm.
Yes, collaborative projects of up to three participants will be considered.
Yes, but the fellowship program preferences projects that are not currently funded.
The Library recommends that fellows seek financial advice that considers their personal circumstances.
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.
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.
Fellowships can be undertaken at any time during the calendar year from January – December 2022, following the official announcement in November 2021.
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.
No. All fellowships will conclude in December 2022 as the next round of fellows will commence in January 2023.
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.
- 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
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.
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
Applicants are encouraged to review the work of previous State Library Victoria fellows.
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.
No, previous fellows are ineligible.
Applications for all fellowships must be submitted online via SmartyGrants.
Applications close at 11.59pm on 5 September 2021.
Yes. Please email email@example.com to request feedback.
Yes. Please see our COVID-safe plan.
Yes. You can access your space during the calendar year from January – December 2022.