The State Library's fellowships program is one of the most substantial in Australia. Each year, the Library offers Creative Fellowships to encourage the original and imaginative use or development of the Library's collections for new work.

The Library also provides a number of specialist fellowships to support and recognise the importance of scholarly endeavour in areas ranging from children's literature and social history to the visual arts, theatre, 19th-century Victoria and Ukrainian studies. In 2017 a new Digital Fellowship was offered, to encourage innovative uses of the Library's digitised collections and data.

The fellowships are funded by the State Library Victoria Foundation and other program partners, and are awarded annually on the advice of independent expert panels.

2018 fellowships program

Applications for the 2018 fellowships program will open on Friday 2 February and will close on Sunday 22 April 2018. An information night will be held at the Library at 6pm on Tuesday 20 February, in Experimedia.

The following fellowships will be offered in 2018:

The following fellowships will not be offered in 2018:

Visit our Library Fellows gallery to see examples of the wonderful work undertaken by past fellows and the innovative ways they have presented their research.