Queensland Memory Awards

State Library’s Queensland Memory Awards recognise the valuable contribution of individuals and organisations across Queensland in the investigation, preservation and celebration of Queensland’s memory — past and present. 

About the fellowships and awards

Fellowships and residencies support researchers and creatives of all kinds to interpret the significant collections of the John Oxley Library. Through deep engagement and interaction with the collections, these interpretations provide new insights into the collection and contribute new knowledge about Queensland’s history.  

Awards recognise outstanding contributions made to advance our understanding of Queensland’s cultural heritage.  

Interested in applying and have questions? 

Read our FAQ or watch the tips for applying video. The recording from our fellowship information night is also available featuring judges, past fellows and library staff. If you need more information reach out to us at fellowships@slq.qld.gov.au or on (07) 3840 7879 or (07) 3840 7887.

Guidelines for entry

Read the guidelines for selection criteria, information on how to prepare your application and more.

Apply now!

Apply to receive part of $80,000 for projects and new work. Applications close 5pm 15 July 2022.

Fellowships and residencies

John Oxley Library Fellowship

Help discover Queensland’s rich history using our collections.

Monica Clare Research Fellowship

Create new knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.

Mittelheuser Scholar in Residence

Awarded to leading GLAM thinkers to develop new tools, resources and strategies for the sector. 

Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship

Delve into Queensland’s business and economic history. 

Letty Katts Fellowship

Explore Queensland’s vast music history.

Christina Boughen OAM Fellowship

Research the legacy and career of the influential Queensland musician.  

Rainbow Research Fellowship

Share the PRIDE in Queensland history. Applications for this fellowship open 20 July and close 12 August 2022. 

Stories from past fellows

Be inspired by some our past fellows, here about their projects and their experiences being a State Library fellow.


John Oxley Library Award

Recognises an individual who had made an outstanding contribution to the appreciation of Queensland history. 

John Oxley Library Community History Award

Recognises excellence in the preservation, recording and sharing of Queensland history by community organisations. 

State Library of Queensland Medal

Highlights the valuable contribution and dedication of former staff and their work at the Library.  

More information

Frequently asked questions

Find answers to common queries regarding research fellowships at State Library.


Find out information about the judging processes and how applications are assessed. 

Previous recipients

Get inspired! Learn about previous fellows and their research projects. 

A message from our State Librarian and CEO

A message from State Librarian and CEO, Vicki McDonald AM about the 2022 Queensland Memory Awards and research fellowships.

2022 Fellowship Information Night

Our fellowship information night, held on 8 June 2022 gave potential applicants the opportunity to hear from a panel of past fellows, judges and State Library staff. By watching this event you you will learn more about the fellowship program and how to kick start your application.

At the end of the event there was an audience Q&A, giving participants the opportunity to ask questions or discuss ideas they had about State Library's fellowship program.


The Queensland Memory Awards are made possible by the support of donors through the Queensland Library Foundation.