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 $15,000, 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. 

Interested in applying and have questions? Read our FAQ, or reach out to us at or on (07) 3840 7879 or (07) 3840 7887

Supported by The Siganto Foundation through the Queensland Library Foundation.

Guidelines for entry

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

Apply now!

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

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Frequently asked questions

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

Past recipients

Browse the previous Monica Clare fellows and their research projects.