Summer Scholars

Applications open

Applications close on Friday, 12 July 2024 at 5 pm AEST.

Fostering writing, research and study at the State Library of NSW.

About Summer Scholars

The Library’s Summer Scholar program is a new initiative aimed to support and foster creative practice, research and study. The program provides a room and behind-the-scenes access to Library staff. Research topics can range from early colonisation of Australia through to investigations of contemporary life.

Surf shooters catching a wave, Bondi / [Harold] Cazneaux

The principal purpose of the Summer Scholar program is to facilitate and support the use of the Library's unique collections for a three-month period of creative practice, study and research. Project proposals must focus on original materials and identify a clear outcome. 


Guidelines and application

It is expected that Summer Scholars will:

  • Be creative practitioners across any field (e.g. jewellers, painters, photographers, potters, writers) who want to work with archival materials.
  • Be tertiary students who are able to demonstrate a desire to develop their archival research skills.
  • Present a project that directly draws on the unique collections of the State Library of New South Wales.
  • Be available to participate in an Induction Day on Monday, 2 December 2024.
  • Work at the Library full-time or part-time over December 2024 - February 2025
  • Present a project that has a specific time frame and outcome substantially achievable within the Scholars program.
  • Submit to the Mitchell Librarian a brief summary of their completed project, copies of any outcomes and a 500-word reflection on their time at the Library.

Download the application form for a Summer Scholar position

For further information please contact:


Phone: 02 9273 1765


Last updated:  13 May 2024

Fellowship Information


For further information please contact Scholarship:

Phone: 02 9273 1765