Fellowships

Programs to support the research, writing and teaching of Australian history and culture.

The Library offers a number of prestigious and competitive fellowships to support the study, writing and teaching of Australian history and culture.

Fellowships

Coral Thomas
  • Applications closed
  • Biennial

Coral Thomas Fellowship

Encourages deep and focused research into Australian culture, history and society, drawing on Australian and international research collections.

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  • Applications closed
  • Annual

Australian Religious History Fellowship

Applications open on Monday, 13 May 2024 at 9 am.

$20,000 - The study and research of any aspects of Australian religious history of any faith.

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  • Applications closed
  • Annual

CH Currey Memorial Fellowship

Applications open on Monday, 13 May 2024 at 9 am.

$20,000 - For the writing of Australian history from original sources, making use of the resources of the State Library of NSW.

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  • Applications closed
  • Annual

Dr AM Hertzberg AO Fellowship

Applications open on Monday, 13 May 2024 at 9 am.

$25,000 - Research into the history of Australian industry using the resources of the State Library of NSW.

Nancy Keesing
  • Applications closed
  • Annual

Nancy Keesing AM Fellowship

Applications open on Monday, 13 May 2024 at 9 am.

$25,000 - Research into aspects of Australian life and culture using the resources of the State Library of NSW.

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  • Applications closed
  • Annual

Merewether Fellowship

Applications open on Monday, 13 May 2024 at 9 am.

$12,000 - The research and writing of 19th-century NSW history using the resources of the State Library of NSW.

David Scott Mitchell
  • Applications closed
  • Annual

David Scott Mitchell Memorial Fellowship

Applications open on Monday, 13 May 2024 at 9 am.

$12,000 - The research and writing of Australian history using the resources of the State Library of NSW.

  • Applications closed
  • Annual

Ross Steele AM Fellowship

Applications open on Monday, 13 May 2024 at 9 am.

$12,000 - Supports research into the State Library of NSW pictorial collections.

Jean Arnot
  • Applications closed
  • Annual

Jean Arnot Memorial Fellowship

Awarded annually to a female librarian or female student of librarianship for an outstanding original paper of no more than 5000 words on any aspect of librarianship. 

Research and Residencies

Dr Lisa Murray and Ms Georgia McWhinney
  • Applications closed

Visiting Scholars

Applications open on Monday, 13 May 2024 at 9 am.

Fostering writing, research and study.

  • Submissions open

Artist in Residence

Creative artists are invited to interpret or respond to the Library’s public and behind-the-scenes interior spaces or our collections.

More information

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Fellowship guidelines

The guidelines pertaining to State Library of NSW Fellowships

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2024 Fellows announced

The State Library welcomed its newest research fellow, Nancy Cushing, at the 4th Biennial Coral Thomas Lecture last night.  

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Archived Fellowships and Residencies

Find our past Fellowships and Residencies here

Fellowship events

Scholar Talks

Hear researchers talk about their work and ideas at these monthly online events.

Scholar Talks online

Scholar Talks showcase the work of the Library's Fellows and other researchers.

 

Get in touch

Phone: +61 2 9273 1765
Email: scholarship@sl.nsw.gov.au

Scholarship
Division of the Mitchell Librarian and Engagement
State Library of New South Wales
1 Shakespeare Place
SYDNEY NSW 2000 Australia