Image of the State Library Victoria's La Trobe Reading Room

Artists, performers, writers, historians, filmmakers, scholars and thinkers are encouraged to apply for a prestigious State Library Victoria Fellowship.

In 2016, the State Library and its partners are offering 12 fellowships collectively worth up to $154,500. Among these are specialist fellowships in children’s literature, Ukrainian studies, performing arts, visual arts and a fellowship to commemorate the centenary of WWI.

CEO Kate Torney said the Fellowship program supports a diverse range of creative work and research.

“The State Library’s Fellowships have been one of the most substantial fellowship programs in Australia for thirteen years. With the generous support of our program partners the Fellowships have furthered the work of more than 190 artists, historians, composers, academics, playwrights, writers, poets and other creative researchers and delivered over $1.9 million in funding.”

“This month marks 160 years since the library first opened to the public. It has provided inspiration and ideas to generations of Victorians. Our Fellowships are a way for us to amplify the creative possibilities the library allows, encouraging innovative exploration and use our extensive collections.”

“As we move into an exciting period of redevelopment, our Fellowship program will remain a strong part of our support for Victoria’s creative communities,” Ms Torney said.

Portrait of a group of people in the State Library's Red Rotunda

Portrait of the current (2015) Fellows

In 2016 the library aims to bring people together to experience and celebrate the work of our Fellows through performances, publications, websites, screenings, talks, exhibitions and other events at the library and venues around Victoria.

Past fellowships have produced major exhibitions, public art installations, documentaries, books, graphic novels, plays, musical scores, interactive games and many other creative projects.

Applications for the 2016-17 Fellowships open Monday 1 February and close Sunday 17 April 2016.

An information night will be held on Thursday 18 February, 6pm at State Library Victoria. Enter via Entry 3 on La Trobe Street.

Find out more about the Fellowship program and how to apply.

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