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Monica Clare Research Fellowship

About the Fellowship

Awarded annually to people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander to research, explore and create new knowledge about Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures using the John Oxley Library and State Library collections and resources.  

The fellowship recipient receives a stipend of $20,000, a personal work space within the Neil Roberts Research Lounge for 12 months and premium access to State Library’s extensive collections and library staff expertise. 

State Library’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections Commitments details our approach and commitment to providing greater access and use of  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections.  Research projects undertaken as part of the Monica Clare Research Fellowship align with the principles and values outlined in this document. 

The fellowship is named after Monica Clare, a political activist and author, Ms Clare was the first Indigenous woman to have a novel published. Her novel “Karobran” (meaning ‘together’) was published in 1978, five years after her death. 

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The Monica Clare Research Fellowship is generously supported by The Siganto Foundation.

2024 Monica Clare Research Fellow

The 2024 Monica Clare Research Fellowship was awarded to Sheridan Teitzel for her project, Sacred plants and cultural frameworks: Capturing first nations value systems in western Cape York

Indigenous healing systems diverge significantly from conventional Western medical perspectives. Sheridan's project aims to capture and conceptualise the intricate system of plant medicine within a First Nations context.


2024 Monica Clare Research Fellow, Sheridan Teitzel with sponsor Bill Siganto representing The Siganto Foundation

2024 Monica Clare Research Fellow, Sheridan Teitzel with sponsor Bill Siganto representing The Siganto Foundation.

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