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

2024 Fellows announced

Friday 20 October 2023

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

More information

Fellowship guidelines

The guidelines pertaining to State Library of NSW Fellowships

Archived Fellowships and Residencies

Find our past Fellowships and Residencies here

Fellowships FAQs

Information and answers to questions are required as follows:

  • personal details of the applicant (name, contact details, etc)
  • title of the project (up to 30 words)
  • key words (up to 5 words)
  • project abstract (up to 200 words)
  • detailed description of the project (up to 1000 words)
  • Does your proposal explore Australian Indigenous culture and/or history? (up to 500 words)
  • proposed project timeline (up to 500 words)
  • relevant research collections being utilised for the project (up to 1000 words)
  • research outcomes and results (up to 1000 words)
  • examples of your writing and research which demonstrates your previous use of library and archival collections (up to 1000 words)
  • Has this project commenced?
  • Have you applied to any other funding body?
  • referees (3)
  • How did you hear about the Fellowship?
  • biographical note.

A project timeline provides an indication of activity across the one- or two-year tenure of the Fellowship. A timeline will outline the research, writing and delivery phases of the project. If part of the project is to deliver a presentation or submit a publication, these points of activity would also appear on the timeline.

Yes. Applicants will need to provide details of three professional referees.

Nominated referees should be knowledgeable about the applicant’s research ability and publication record. The referee must be able to talk about the applicant’s research skills.

Yes. You will be able to save your application form. It is recommended that you draft and edit your application in word processing software, then copy and paste your responses into the online form.

Fellowship events

Scholar Talks

Scholar Talks  is a series of events that gives a forum for researchers to exchange ideas and learn about some of the many other research projects being pursued at the Library

Scholar Talks online

Scholar Talks showcase the work of the Library's Fellows and other researchers. Each presentation is an opportunity for researchers to share their research experiences and exchange ideas.

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Phone: +61 2 9273 1765

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