Who can apply?
- Australian residents including interstate residents. It is expected that a portion of your fellowship or residency will occur onsite at State Library.
- Applications are accepted from any discipline or professional background for projects that involve research using State Library collection. This includes but is not limited to, researchers, artists, creatives, filmmakers, digital media practitioners, musicians and composers, curators and arts professionals, writers, independent scholars and other creators.
- Applications from individuals or co-applicants (maximum of two individuals) only are accepted.
- Projects that have started or are partly funded through another body are eligible. If your project has received other funding, please indicate this in your application. If you are currently in receipt of a funded fellowship or residency from another institution, please also indicate this in your application.
- Relevant archives or collections in other cultural institutions and companies can also be used.
- If you are a Queensland State Government employee, please provide evidence of the support of your manager (email/letter) with your application
Who can't apply?
- Applications from University or Australian Research Council (ARC) research teams will not be accepted.
- People who reside outside of Australia.
- Projects that are a component of post graduate studies are not eligible.
- Current State Library of Queensland employees and board members are ineligible to apply
When do I start my fellowship?
Most fellowships start in January and run for 12 months. The Letty Katts Fellowship runs from January for 6 months. Research is self-paced.
How are applications assessed?
The process includes:
- application checked for completeness and eligibility by State Library of Queensland.
- eligible applications are then forwarded to an independent judging panel made up of professionals with expertise in the related field.
- judges read and assess the applications against the selection criteria.
- judges decide on a shortlist and one successful applicant for each category.
- judges may require an in-person interview with shortlisted applicants for more information.
- judges award the applicant with the highest merit against the selection criteria as the successful applicant. Panels must decide on one successful application only per category.
What are the selection criteria?
Selection criteria are specific to the fellowship you are applying for. You can find the selection criteria in the guidelines. Guidelines are released each year before applications open.
Who are the judges?
Judging panels are made up of members with subject matter expertise relevant to the fellowship they are judging. Panels are made up of members who offer a diversity of perspectives and experiences.
When will successful applicants be notified?
Successful applicants will be notified in August ahead of public announcement.
Will I get feedback on my application?
You can request feedback.
Will I need to attend an interview?
The judges may ask you to attend an interview if they need more information about your application.
How long do I have to complete my fellowship?
Most fellowships start in January and run for 12 months. The Letty Katts Fellowship runs from January for 6 months.
During your fellowship you will need to complete some deliverables (blogs, progress reports and a public presentation). If you are pitching a project with other outcomes, such as a book, this does not need to be completed within the 12 month fellowship period.
Can I submit a late application?
No. The next round of fellowships will open in mid 2023.
What funding do fellows receive?
- Christina Boughen OAM Fellowship – $10,000
- John Oxley Library Fellowship – $20,000
- Letty Katts Fellowship – $5,000
- Mittelheuser Scholar in Residence – $15,000
- Monica Clare Research Fellowship – $15,000
- Rainbow Research Fellowship – $15,000
- Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship – $15,000
What are fellows expected to do?
- Contribute at least three (3) articles to State Library’s John Oxley Library Blog related to their research.
- Provide two (2) reports about their progress to date.
- Participate in at least one (1) public program related to their research project such as the Research Reveals events.
- Compile and submit an annotated bibliography of the research undertaken and presented to the State Library for use as a research resource at the conclusion of the fellowship.
- Submit a short report and testimonial at the conclusion of the fellowship outlining the benefit of the experience.
- Deposit a copy of any work produced with the John Oxley Library.
- Be available for publicity purposes relating to their fellowship or residency, including media interviews and social media engagement.
- Participate in creating a digital story or filmed presentation about the fellowship or residency.
- Ensure outcomes of the research undertaken as part of the fellowship or residency acknowledge the State Library of Queensland.
What can I spend the fellowship funds on?
Funds can be spent at the discretion of fellows to support them in their project.
Will I need to come onsite for my fellowship?
Some of your time will need to be spent onsite at State Library so that you can access unique and significant collections and staff expertise.
Do I need to attend an induction?
Yes. You will meet expert State Library staff who will guide you in how to research State Library collections and handle original materials. You will also be given your own workspace in the Neil Roberts Fellowship Lounge.
How do I find State Library collection material?
Can I submit the same application for multiple Fellowships?
Yes. You might like to consider tailoring your application to suit the selection criteria of the relevant fellowship.
I am not an academic or employed as a researcher, can I still apply?
Yes! Anyone can apply that meets the eligibility criteria.
Can co-applicants apply?
Yes. Applications are accepted from individuals or co-applicants (maximum of two individuals).
Can a team of researchers or creatives apply?
No, however co-applicants (maximum of two individuals) can apply.
I live interstate. Can I apply?
Yes. Some of your time will need to be spent onsite at State Library so that you can access unique and significant collections and staff expertise.
If I have already received funding for my project, can I still apply?
Yes. Please indicate on your application what funding you have received, and what stage your project is at.
If I have already started my project, can I still apply?
Yes. Your project may be at the beginning or already in progress. Please indicate what stage your project is at in your application.
Do I need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to apply?
No. You must reside in Australia and be able to meet the deliverables of the fellowship.
How do I apply?
Applications must be submitted through SmartyGrants. A link to the Smarty Grants application form will be available on our website while applications are open.
Can I submit different applications for a single Fellowship category?
Yes. You will need to complete an application form per project.
When are applications due?
Applications have now closed for 2022, and will reopen again in mid 2023.
What do I need to include in my application?
Your application should address the selection criteria set out in the guidelines and include :
- short biographical statement and CV (max 3 A4 pages)
- short description of your project and its relevance
- short description of how you will use or contribute to John Oxley Library or State Library collections (except for Mittelheuser Scholar in Residence)
- brief overview of project goals, scope and timelines
- anticipated outcomes
- three (3) referees
- if applicable, details of other funding sources for the project and why fellowship funding is required, and/or details around what stage the project is in if it is not a new project
You have the option of submitting supporting material, such as a letter of support.
Do I need to provide referees in my application?
Yes. You will need to provide three referees.
I'm having trouble with SmartyGrants, what do I do?
Can I save my work as I go in SmartyGrants?
Yes. You can save your work as many times as you like before you submit.
Do you have any tips for applying?
Make sure you address the selection criteria in the guidelines, and consider attending our Fellowship Information Night so you can hear from past Fellows, judges and State Library staff firsthand.
Your application should include information on how you will use or contribute to State Library collections. You can find collection material by searching the Library catalogue (OneSearch) and State Library website. You can also chat with a Librarian or log a request via Ask Us
Can I apply for more than one fellowship category?
Yes, you can apply for as many categories as you like. You may only be successful in one category in any given year, however.