Applications open

About Visiting Scholars

Applications for 2023 will open on 16 May and will close on 15 July 2022

The Library’s Visiting Scholar program is a competitive and prestigious initiative aimed to support and foster writing, research and study. The program provides 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.

The principal purpose of the Visiting Scholar program is to faciliate and support the use of the Library's unique collections for a sustained period of study and research. Project proposals must focus on original materials and identify a clear outcome.

Dr Lisa Murray and Ms Georgia McWhinney

Dr Lisa Murray and Ms Georgia McWhinney

It is expected that Visiting Scholars will:

  • Be researchers who are able to demonstrate a record of scholarship, such as publications or other research outcomes.
  • Present a project that directly draws on the unique collections of the State Library of New South Wales.
  • Present a project that has a specific time frame and outcome.
  • Have support from an industry employer or research supervisor, emphasising the value of a Visiting Scholarship to the applicant.
  • Submit to the Mitchell Librarian a brief summary of their completed project, copies of any research outcomes (presentations and publications) and a bibliography.
  • Visiting Scholars may be invited to contribute to Library publications or the Library’s series of Scholar Talks.
  • The Library is unable to offer any funding to Visiting Scholars. A successful Visiting Scholar is not precluded from applying for a paid Fellowship at the conclusion of their project.

Applications are subject to the approval of the Visiting Scholars committee, staff resources as well as capacity in the Donald & Myfanwy Horne Room.

Applications are open each year, with the opening and closing dates for applications the same as for the Library's paid Fellowship opportunities.

Past visiting scholars

2022

Bri Lee, for her project: Providence/Provenance.

2022

Dr Deidre O’Connell, for her project: The Pakie's Club: Augusta and Duncan Macdougall's Sydney, 1919–45.

2020

Dr Peter Hobbins, for his project: Airframes and Afterlives: the affective artefacts of aviation accidents.

2020

Dr Gareth Wearne, for his project: Prolegomena and Marginalia of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century English Bibles in the Richardson Collection of the State Library of New South Wales.

2020

Rebekah Ward, for her project: Press Reception of Australian Literature, 1888-1949.

2020

Tess Gardner, for her project: Australian Journalists in Republican China 1897-1949.

2019

Kelly Lewer, for her project: Champions of Activism: the history of feminism and domestic violence support services in New South Wales.

2019

Georgia McWhinney, for her project: Doctored Uniforms: dress, disease, and the British Dominion Forces’ altered uniforms and vernacular medicine in the First World War.

2019

Dr Mark Dunn, for his project: The Convict Valley: a new history of the Hunter Valley. 

2018

Mr Ryan Cropp, for his project: A Thesis Examining the Life and Work of Donald Horne.

2018

Dr Lisa Murray, for her project: Australian Cemeteries: a history and graveside companion.

2018

Dr Margo Beasley, for her project: A Biography of Dr Eric Payton Dark.

2018 (Inaugural)

Dr Geoffrey Cains, for his project: The Nature of the Acquisition and Embargoes of Archival Material by Public Institutions.