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Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Research Fellowships

In 2023, State Library Victoria offers two dedicated Indigenous research fellowships:

  • the Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Research Fellowship; and
  • the Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Family History Fellowship

The Library’s collections include significant documentation of Victorian Aboriginal people and the cultural knowledge of the Ancestors. These fellowships aim to increase Aboriginal Victorians’ access to this material by supporting researchers to uncover new information from the records of the colonial era held in the collection and to instigate on-going discussion and information sharing.

The fellowships are open to researchers who identify as Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal and who are committed to recovering and analyzing a significant body of cultural information; and to developing new ways of sharing these findings in culturally relevant and accessible forms.

Through the Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Research Fellowship, analysis of this material has the potential to contribute to cultural renewal programs across Victorian Aboriginal communities.

The Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Family History Fellowship provides an opportunity for focussed research to discover family connections and to create a means for sharing these findings among family networks and the broader Victorian Aboriginal community.

Fellows receive a grant of $15,000, access to a desk space in a shared office for 12 months (January – December 2023), supported access to the Library’s collections and staff expertise.

The 2023 Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Research Fellowships program is coordinated by the Victorian Indigenous Research Centre.

You can contact the Victorian Indigenous Research Centre for more information by emailing [email protected].