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The 2023 State Library Victoria Fellowships Program is a unique opportunity for artists, writers, and scholars to immerse themselves in the Library's extensive collections and bring them to life in new and innovative ways.

There are 15 fellowships available, offering support through financial grants, shared office space in the Library’s magnificent dome annulus or through studio residencies, and direct access to Library collections and expert staff.

We are looking for submissions that repurpose, transform or imaginatively respond to the Library’s collections. Previous fellowship projects have included a memoir retracing the journey by Chinese-Australian migrants to the goldfields in the 1800s, a film about the influence of Irish Gaelic dance in Victoria, and the continued development of the Woiwurrung language database. Possible formats are endless, from developing a podcast, documentary or original score to creating a performance or historical essay.

Let the boundless opportunities within the collections inspire your ideas to take flight!

Applications have now closed.

Learn more about Fellowships Program 2023

The 2023 State Library Victoria Fellowship Program is designed to bring our collections to life.

It acts as an incubator for creative and imaginative responses and fresh perspectives.

Fellowships

Amor Residency at Baldessin Studio
The Amor Residency at Baldessin Studio is offered to a visual artist wishing to explore and experiment with works on paper, in particular printmaking for an artist book, using research material from the State Library.
Tate Adams Memorial Residency at Baldessin Studio
The Tate Adams Memorial Residency at Baldessin Studio is offered to a visual artist, committed to their practice, wishing to experiment with works on paper, in particular printmaking for an artist book, using research material from the State Library.
Berry Family Fellowship
The $15,000 Berry Family Fellowship supports a project exploring an aspect of the social history of Melbourne or Victoria based on the State Collection.
Children’s Literature Fellowship
Supports a project exploring aspects of children’s book publishing, writing or illustrating for early years, children and young adult fiction (0–18 years of age).​
Creative Fellowships
The Library is offering two Creative Fellowships to provide artists and scholars with a unique and supportive environment to explore our collections.
Creative Fellowship – Regional
Offers two regional Victorian artists, writers or researchers the opportunity to create new work through repurposing, transforming or imaginatively responding to published or original source material from the Library’s extensive collections.​
Georges Mora Fellowship
This fellowship allows one contemporary artist to study, experiment and explore fresh thinking in their art.​
Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Research Fellowships
In 2023, State Library Victoria will offer two dedicated Indigenous research fellowships.
The Kerri Hall Fellowship for Performing Arts
The Kerri Hall Fellowship for Performing Arts offers $15,000 to creatives, artists and writers from Victoria’s Loddon Mallee region in the field of performing arts.
Marion Orme Page Regional Fellowships in association with Regional Arts Victoria
Two fellowships are available to regional Victorians to be inspired by, repurpose, transform or imaginatively respond to published or original source material from the Library’s extensive collection, in any way they choose, to create new work.​
Redmond Barry Fellowship
The Redmond Barry Fellowship offers writers and scholars the opportunity to use collections at the Library and the University of Melbourne to research a project in any discipline. This includes early career researchers and graduates.​

Current Fellows

Since 2003, the Library’s annual Fellowships Program has nurtured and supported the creative and scholarly ventures of more than 200 authors, musicians, artists and historians.

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Contact us

Have questions or feedback about fellowships, or need a hand applying? Contact our friendly staff by email or talk to us when you visit the Library.

Email: fellows@slv.vic.gov.au (reponse within five working days)

Tile image credit

Zo Damage, a photo of herself pulling a giant proof off the press at Baldessin Press & Studio, © Silvi Glattauer.