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The 2022 State Library Victoria Fellowships Program is a unique opportunity for creatives and scholars to immerse themselves in our vast collection of more than 5 million items, including manuscripts, maps, music, newspapers and more, and bring them to life in new and innovative ways.

There are 16 fellowships available, offering support through financial grants and shared office space in the Library’s magnificent dome annulus or through studio residencies. Each successful applicant will have direct access to Library collections and staff expertise to bring their vision to life.

We are looking for projects that repurpose, transform or imaginatively respond to our collection. From a suite of songs inspired by Victoria’s waterways to the transformation of the Library forecourt into wild grasslands – the possibilities of a State Library Victoria fellowship are endless.

Please note, applications have now closed.

2022 Fellowships

Amor Residency at Baldessin Press & Studio
Explore printmaking using research material from the State Collection.
Berry Family Fellowship
Explore an aspect of the social history of Melbourne or Victoria, based on the State Collection.
Children’s Literature Fellowship
Support a project exploring aspects of children’s book publishing, writing or illustrating for early years, children and young adult fiction.
Creative Fellowships
Respond to published or original source material from the Library’s collection, in any way you choose, to create new work.
Georges Mora Fellowship
Study, experiment and explore fresh thinking in your art.
Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Research Fellowships
For researchers who identify as Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal, to identify important collection items and produce research material to be used by the community.
La Trobe Society Fellowship
Research Victoria’s colonial history during Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe’s administration.
Marion Orme Page Regional Fellowships in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria
For regional Victorians to respond to published or original source material from the Library’s collection, in any way you choose, to create new work.
Redmond Barry Fellowship
Research a project in any discipline using both the State Library and University of Melbourne collections.
Regional Fellowships
For regional Victorians to respond to published or original source material from the Library’s collection, in any way you choose, to create new work.
Russell Beedles Performing Arts Fellowship
Explore theatre and the performing arts in Victoria, drawing on the Library’s collections.
Tate Adams Memorial Residency at Baldessin Press & Studio
Develop a limited edition or unique state artist’s book, using research from State Library Victoria and the studio facilities at Baldessin Press & Studio.

Previous 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.

Project outputs have included play scripts, manuscripts, art installations, exhibitions, digital apps and much more, all inspired by the State Collection.

Learn more about the diverse projects undertaken by past fellows, and the innovative ways they’ve expressed their research.

Donate

The Fellowships Program is funded by State Library Victoria, philanthropists and partners. Donations help us offer more places to scholars and artists to research the State Collection and create inspired works that can be shared with all Victorians.

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Contact us

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

Email: fellows@slv.vic.gov.au
Phone: 03 8664 7000

Banner image credit: Harriet Scott and Helena Scott, Australian Lepidoptera and Their Transformations … with Descriptions by A[lexander] W[alker] Scott (London; Sydney, John van Voorst, 1864–98), Rare Books Collection, State Library Victoria