The State Library of NSW offers prestigious and competitive Fellowships to support the research, writing and teaching of Australian history and culture. Fellowship opportunities are research fellowships, and are designed for applicants who are experienced researchers – either independent or professional – and familiar with using library and archival collections.
The Library’s Fellowships provide money, a room and behind-the-scenes access to Library staff. Research topics have ranged from early colonisation of Australia through to investigations of contemporary life. As a world-leading library our collections reflect the soul of modern Australia. Our Fellowships encourage researchers to engage with our rich heritage collections and contemporary materials, the program is designed to encourage and support scholars to explore our past, understand our present and imagine our future.
Guidelines for Applying
Applicants must demonstrate a record of scholarly research and publication. These awards are for applicants who can demonstrate experience as historical and archival researchers. Previous winners of Library awards have included early career academics, independent researchers and writers, and professional historians. Applicants must accurately describe which Library collections they propose to use in their project. Full details on what responses are required on the application form can be found under the FAQs.
Applicants must complete the online application form (from Monday 22 August) outlining their research project based on the following criteria:
- CH Currey Memorial Fellowship ($20,000) – For the writing of Australian history from original sources.
- Australian Religious History Fellowship ($20, 000) – For the study and research of any aspects of Australian religious history of any faith.
- Nancy Keesing Fellowship ($12,000) – Research into aspects of Australian life and culture using the resources of the State Library of NSW.
Applications open Monday 22 August and will close, Sunday 18 September 2016.