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Redmond Barry Fellowship

Statue of Sir Redmond Barry at the State Library Victoria.

Writers and scholars wanting to use our collection to research a project in any discipline to produce works of literature can apply for the Redmond Barry Fellowship.

Successful applicants receive up to $20,000 for a three- to six-month residency. Australian and overseas scholars and writers can apply.

Since the fellowship is jointly sponsored by the Library and the University of Melbourne, research should make use of collections at both the State Library and the University of Melbourne.

For further information about the fellowship and how to apply, please visit the University of Melbourne website.

2020 program

We are pausing our Redmond Barry 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 Redmond Barry

Sir Redmond Barry was born in Ireland and emigrated to Melbourne in 1839. A practising lawyer, he became a judge of the new Victorian Supreme Court in 1852. The following year, Barry was appointed chairman of the trustees of the Melbourne Public Library (now the State Library Victoria).

An influential political advocate for the creation of public works throughout Melbourne, Barry was instrumental in founding the Library, University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital.