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La Trobe Society Fellowship

Monument by Peter Corlett commemorating Charles Joseph La Trobe, Superintendent of the Port Phillip District and later Lieutenant-Governor of the colony of Victoria.

Australian historians, scholars and writers wanting to research Victoria's colonial history during Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe's administration can apply for a La Trobe Society Fellowship.

The research may be extended to cover the period immediately before La Trobe's arrival in the colony, or the effects of his tenure as Superintendent and Lieutenant-Governor (1839–54) after his departure from Victoria.

The fellowship carries a grant of $15,000 and is for a period of three months full time, or longer if undertaken in a part-time capacity.

The recipient is given the means and uninterrupted time to work closely with the rich resources of the State Library, and will have access to a study within the Library which may be used outside normal opening hours.

The recipient will be required to make a presentation to members of the La Trobe Society and others during or on completion of their fellowship, and to produce a work suitable for publication in the Society's journal, La Trobeana.

If you have specific questions about the La Trobe Society Fellowship requirements, please send an email to

2020 program

We are pausing our La Trobe Society Fellowship in 2020 to look at how we can create more value for participants and the Victorian community, and greater alignment to the Library’s strategy.

We look forward to announcing details of a redesigned Fellowships program that will return in 2021.

About Charles Joseph La Trobe

Charles Joseph La Trobe was Superintendent of the Port Phillip District of New South Wales from 1839 to 1851. He was Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria from 1851 until 1854, when he left Australia. La Trobe was instrumental in the Library's formation. As Lieutenant-Governor he set aside the site and funds for the building, and appointed Redmond Barry as chairman of the trustees of the then Melbourne Public Library.

About the La Trobe Society

The La Trobe Society was formed in 2001 to promote recognition and understanding of the achievements of Charles Joseph La Trobe and the period of his administration. The society publishes the journal La Trobeana three times a year.

The Society raised funds to erect a bronze statue of La Trobe on the forecourt of the State Library Victoria in November 2006.

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