Linguist in Residence

Applications are now open for State Library’s inaugural Linguist in Residence. 

As part of the Indigenous Languages Project, the Linguist in Residence will develop a project that supports the maintenance and revival of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.  The project must also aim to raise awareness, more generally, of the significance and richness of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

The successful applicant will receive a $15,000 stipend, a personal shared working space during their 6-month residency based at State Library and premium access to State Library’s extensive collections and staff expertise.  As an independent researcher, the Linguist in Residence will also participate in activities in the Languages Project. Applicants must be available to commence residency in December 2021.  The residency is for 6 months and will conclude in June 2022.  

For more information, please see the Guidelines.

If you would like to apply for the Linguist in Residence, please complete the online form. Applications close 5:00pm Friday 10 December 2021.

For more information, please call 3840 7893.


Since 2007 State Library of Queensland has delivered the Indigenous Languages Project funded through the Commonwealth Government’s Indigenous Languages and Arts Program. The purpose of the Indigenous Languages Project is to support the preservation, maintenance and revival of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages throughout the state.

State Library supports communities in the research, revival, documentation and preservation of traditional languages. State Library acknowledges that language heritage and knowledge always remain with the Traditional Owners, Elders, language custodians and other community members of respective language nations.

In celebration of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032 and in recognition of the urgency to protect, support and revitalise Indigenous Languages, a 6-month independent research opportunity has been created.

Expressions of Interest are now open for a Linguist in Residence 2021-22.  As a language specialist you would be using collections of the John Oxley Library and State Library’s extensive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages resources.

You will create new knowledge and new resources that assist in the maintenance and revival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages across the state. Your project will deepen our understanding of the diversity, breadth, and richness of Queensland’s first languages. 

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 undertaken as part of the residency should align with the principles and values outlined in this document.

The residency is awarded by a panel of judges that include representatives from State Library and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander language experts.

Who can apply?

The Linguist in Residence is available to both non-Indigenous and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples. Non-Indigenous applicants must include a supporting letter from an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community that demonstrates your strong commitment to the maintenance and revival of that communities’ language/s.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are not required to provide a supporting letter.

Qualified linguists as well as current post-graduate students specialising in linguistics are eligible to apply.

Applicants must be residents of Australia and living on mainland Australia.

University or Australian Research Council (ARC) funded researchers and research teams are not eligible.

Interstate applications are welcome, however onsite use of the Neil Roberts Research Lounge at State Library of Queensland is expected for a portion of the resident’s tenure.

If you are a Queensland State Government employee, please provide evidence of the support of your manager (email/letter) with your completed application.

If you are currently in receipt of a funded fellowship or residency from another institution, please indicate this in your application. If your project has already commenced, you are eligible to apply.

A bursary of $15,000 (excluding GST) will be made available to the successful applicant in three (3) instalments throughout their tenure and after project milestones have been achieved. Residents determine how the funds will be expended.   

Fellows are expected to fulfil certain requirements; please see Guidelines for Entry for further details.  The assessment of applications criteria is also available. 

How to apply

Please complete the application form. All fields must be completed to submit your application. You will have the option of including attachments at the end of your application form.

Please see the assessment criteria that will be used by the judging panel in assessing applications.

The completed application must be received by State Library no later than 5pm 10 December 2021.

You will receive an email acknowledgement of receipt of your application.

If you do not receive an email acknowledging receipt, please check your spam folder.  If you still haven’t received an email acknowledging receipt of your application, please email immediately.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 1 week after the closing date.

Enquiries or requests for further information should be directed to Chrissi Theodosiou, kuril dhagun State Library of Queensland 07 3840 7893 or email

Find out more information about State Library’s Indigenous Languages program.