State Library research fellowships award up to $20,000

Applications are now open nationwide for State Library of Queensland’s annual history research fellowships, for awards of up to $20,000.

State Librarian Janette Wright today invited applications for both the John Oxley Library Fellowship supported by the Queensland Library Foundation ($20,000) and the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship ($15,000).

The Fellowships, as part of the broader Queensland Memory Awards, are awarded annually to acknowledge excellence and innovation in historical research and to foster future exploration into our state’s history.

“Each year State Library selects two Fellows as our resident researchers to contribute to a greater understanding of Queensland’s heritage,” said Ms Wright.

“Applications are welcomed from people of all professional backgrounds and historical interests as Fellowship outcomes may be quite diverse,” she said.

“Projects may include a publication, an online engagement, a cultural activity or product, or a curatorial contribution to the John Oxley Library collection.”

“These Fellowships enable researchers to investigate our state’s past, and to find innovative ways to uncover and share this history with others.”

In addition to the stipend, the successful Fellows will each be provided with a personal workspace in the Neil Roberts Research Lounge within the John Oxley Library where they have ready access to State Library’s rich resources as well as staff expertise.

Since 2004, Fellows have delved into the unique collections in the John Oxley Library to research, evaluate and document forgotten narratives across diverse topics including architecture, migration, classical music, politics, and Queensland’s ongoing ties with Pacific and South Sea Islander peoples.

The current John Oxley Library Fellow, Thomas Blake, is using the John Oxley Library collections in the completion of his projectLiquid Gold: the history of the Great Artesian Basin in Queensland.

Thom will be giving a free public talk at State Library on Thursday 19 February, discussing his research to date into the Great Artesian Basin and its role in serving and sustaining more than 30 Queensland towns.

Now in its second year, the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship is awarded for a proposed research project that examines an aspect of Queensland’s business history.

The Fellowship facilitates deeper engagement with State Library’s business records, so Queenslanders can learn the stories of our state’s commercial, social and economic development.

The inaugural Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship was awarded to fashion innovators Madeleine King and Nadia Buick (The Fashion Archives) for their project to examine 12 key Queensland businesses and their impact on the communities around them.

This Fellowship is an initiative of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame, a partnership between State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Library Foundation and QUT Business School.

Applications for both Fellowships close at 5pm on Monday 16 March 2015.

The winners will be announced on Thursday 28 May at the annual Queensland Memory Awards Ceremony, alongside the recipients of the John Oxley Library Award and the John Oxley Library Community History Award.

To apply or for more information on the Fellowships and the Queensland Memory Awards

Media enquiries:
Cinnamon Watson
t: 0432 219 643 |

Library membership

Become an SLQ member now to access our services, collections and facilities.

Library Shop online

Discover an eclectic range of books, gifts, reproduction prints and more at the Library Shop.