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Rainbow Research Fellowship

About the Fellowship

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The inaugural Rainbow Research Fellowship supports research, exploration, and creation of new knowledge about Queensland’s LGBTIQA+ histories and communities using the John Oxley Library and State Library collections and resources. 

The fellowship, first of its kind in Queensland and potentially Australia, supports a more inclusive telling of Queensland history. 

The Fellowship recipient receives a stipend of $15,000, a personal workspace within the Neil Roberts Research Lounge for 12 months and premium access to State Library’s extensive collections and library staff expertise. 

Browse our collection: Discover ephemera, photographs, posters, costumes and other items that celebrate the diversity of LGBTIQA+ communities in Queensland.

Applications for 2022 have now closed. Applications will open again in mid 2023. Applications from people who identify as LGBTIQA+ are encouraged. 

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

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Proudly supported by the Queensland Library Foundation

Inaugural 2022 Rainbow Research Fellowship

The inaugural Rainbow Research Fellowship was awarded to Bianca Martin for her project, LGBTQIA+ Zines in Contemporary Queensland.

Bianca's project will use the existing zine archive in the John Oxley Library and build upon their personal zine collection and zine maker connections for further archival information and interviews. Bianca aims to establish an abridged contemporary history of LGBTQIA+ zines in Queensland. Primarily focussing on contemporary (post 2000s) zines by LGBTQIA+ zinemakers, Bianca will aim to produce an academic journal article, a piece of creative nonfiction, and a creative response zine with the intention of locating common themes related to implicit or explicit community building within zinemaking. The project aims to uncover stories of lives that may not be so well documented, overlooked, silenced, or erased and will establish an alternative history of self-publishing in opposition to mainstream media.

For more information about Bianca's project watch their video below.