Fellowships (including curatorial research) at the National Library of Australia

Applications are now open for two new National Library of Australia Fellowships, bringing the total number of fellowships on offer for 2018 to eight. Additional Honorary Fellowships may be awarded to support research and special access, but without financial support.

Patrons and supporters of the Library’s Treasures Gallery have funded the new Fellowship for Curatorial Research.

This is designed to support research to enhance access, communication and interpretation of the Library’s collections. The research may focus on public outcomes, such as exhibitions, events and education, digital scholarship, collection management, preservation and publications. Professionals and scholars working in the field as well as academic researchers are invited to apply.

The second new 2018 Fellowship, funded by the Minerals Council of Australia, is designed to support and promote research about the industry in an historical, social or contemporary context. It is open to researchers in public policy, social research, international relations, the environment and the economy. Policy-makers, journalists, industry specialists, academic researchers and other professionals are invited to apply.

Who should apply?

Established and early-career researchers and curators from Australia and overseas, undertaking advanced research projects.

All applications are assessed on merit by the Library’s independent Fellowships Advisory Committee.

Additional information

Applicants must succinctly outline and scope their proposed Fellowship research, and demonstrate the relevance of the Library’s collections in pursuit of their research goals. Applications must be submitted using the online application form.

The intensive research enabled by the Fellowships can focus on Australian or international collections, with a view to creating publications or other public outputs, including curatorial projects or other research outcomes.

The period of Fellowship research may lead to longer-term outcomes, rather than immediate publication or public outcomes. The Library does not expect Fellows to complete a body of work during the residency, though they are expected to demonstrate their research progress through engaging the public, staff and donors through public presentations, podcasts and communication.

The research can be at any stage of development, or form part of a larger project. However, applicants must outline in their application their anticipated progress during the Fellowship residency, as well as how relevant collections will underpin or advance their research toward publication or other research outcomes.

Fellowship benefits

Recipients undertake a three month residency at the National Library, enabling a sustained period of research based on the Library’s collections. Fellows are normally expected to undertake this period of research in one block.

Funded Fellowships provide the following financial support to recipients:

  • an honorarium of AUD $1,000 per week for 12 weeks
  • accommodation support, capped at AUD $700 per week for 12 weeks if required (not payable to residents in the Canberra region)
  • travel support equivalent to one return domestic airfare to Canberra (not payable to residents in the Canberra region). International travel is capped at AUD $2,500.

Fellows may choose to extend their period of residency, but no further financial support can be offered.

All Fellows receive during their residency:

  • special and supported access to collections and staff expertise
  • access to the Fellows room, with full office facilities and a personal workstation
  • copies of collection materials (within reasonable limits and according to access and copyright conditions)

Honorary Fellows, selected equally on merit, enjoy the same conditions and benefits but without financial support.

More information about the new Fellowships and other Scholarships on offer is available here.

Applications for the 2018 Fellowships will close on 30 April 2017.