State Library offers research fellowships and residency totalling $110,000

Applications are now open nationwide for State Library of Queensland’s (SLQ) annual research fellowships and residency, worth up to $20,000 each.

Applicants are encouraged to explore the state’s documentary heritage, with seven opportunities totalling $110,000 as part of the Queensland Memory Awards.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the fellowships and residency allow Queensland’s diverse stories to be discovered, shared and preserved.

“Our collective stories stretch back more than 40,000 years and there is still so much to uncover about our state’s heritage, culture, places and people,” Ms Enoch said.

“Discovering and sharing these stories is key to enriching our understanding of Queensland — past and present. The Palaszczuk Government is proud to be supporting these awards and encouraging the creation and sharing of new knowledge.”  

State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald said that as the primary custodian of Queensland’s memory, the aim of the fellowship and residency program is to encourage diverse voices and new ways of interpreting collections. 

“The fellowships and residency are open to all, from researchers and academics, to artists, writers, musicians and more,” Ms McDonald said.

“In working closely with the library, fellows and residents bring SLQ’s rich and varied collections to life. Their research inspires us to think differently about our past, present and future.”  

The 2017 fellowships and residency are:

John Oxley Library Fellowship ($20,000 plus 12 months personal work space) — awarded to support a research project that uses the resources of the John Oxley Library.

This fellowship is made possible through the generous donations to the Queensland Library Foundation.

Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship ($15,000 plus six months personal work space) — awarded to support a research project that contributes to new knowledge of Queensland’s economic and/or business history.

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

Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation, four fellowships, including one digital fellowship ($15,000 each plus 12 months personal work space) — to recognise and encourage new research and interpretations about Queensland’s involvement in the First World War or in any significant military campaign over the last 100 years.

The Q ANZAC 100 digital fellowship calls for applications that will develop a creative digital experience using digital content from SLQ and other collecting institutions. These fellowships are part of the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program and are proudly sponsored by the Queensland Government.

Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence ($15,000 plus broader collaborative experiences with peers based at other Queensland cultural and educational institutions) — to attract leading thinkers who will stimulate intellectual debate and give rise to innovative new services and strategies both within SLQ and more broadly throughout the cultural sector.

This residency is generously funded by Dr Cathryn Mittelheuser AM through the Queensland Library Foundation.

SLQ is hosting a Q ANZAC 100 Fellows talk with past fellowship recipients on Tuesday 28 February as well as a fellowship information and showcase night on the Thursday 9 March.

Applications for all fellowships and residencies open Wednesday 25 January and close Wednesday 29 March.

To submit an application, or for more information on any of the Queensland Memory fellowships and residency, please visit

The winners will be announced on Thursday 1 June in the lead up to Queensland Week at the annual Queensland Memory Awards ceremony at SLQ.

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