Applications for research fellowships now open

The State Library of NSW offers prestigious and competitive Fellowships to support the research, writing and teaching of Australian history and culture. These 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 Fellowship program is designed to support researchers to engage with its rich collections and contemporary materials, encouraging scholars to explore our past, understand our present and imagine our future.   

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.

Our 2010 Nancy Keesing Fellow, Valerie Lawson’s research project was on the evolution of dance in Australia from the establishment of the Australian Ballet to Bangarra Dance Company. After her Fellowship with the Library Lawson published the book, 'Mary Poppins, She Wrote The Life of P.L. Travers' which would later inform the 2013 Walt Disney movie staring Tom Hanks, Saving Mr Banks. By scouring Travers papers at the State Library, Lawson uncovered the little-known fact that Poppins lived in Sydney's east and that the character was based on Travers' formidable great aunt Helen Morehead. 

There is more to be found in the Library's world-leading collections, what's your research story?

Current opportunities

Applicants must complete the online application form outlining their research project based on the following criteria:

Closing date

Applications open 22 August and will close on 19 September 2016.

Further information

For Fellowship enquiries contact (02) 9273 1910, email: or visit the Fellowships page.