Applications and Nominations for the
2021 Queensland Memory Awards open soon! 

The 2021 Queensland Memory Awards call for applications opens on Thursday 28 January 2021 to Thursday 25 March 2021.

For more information about the 2021 Queensland Memory Awards, please email us or check this page again on Thursday 28 January. 

If you are interested in applying for one of the fellowships, please view a recording of last year’s Information Night here. The next Information Night will be held in February 2021.   

Photo 1: Dr Fiona Foley, 2020 Monica Clare Research Fellow.
Photo 2: Narelle McCoy, 2020 Letty Katts Award recipient. 
Photo 3: Meredith Garlick, 2020 Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence.

State Library of Queensland’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.

The Queensland Memory Awards program is dedicated to supporting researchers of all kinds to interpret the 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.

For information about each of the fellowships, awards and residencies, including past recipients and their projects, please select from the list below.

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


As one of Queensland’s most prestigious research awards for over 10 years, the John Oxley Library Fellowship offers researchers, writers, historians and content creators the opportunity to discover Queensland’s rich history utilising the resources of the John Oxley Library and State Library of Queensland. The fellowship recipient will receive a stipend of $20,000.

Wondunna wearing headdress decorated with kangaroo teeth Fraser Island ca 1900

The Monica Clare Research Fellowship offers people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, the opportunity to research, explore and create new knowledge about Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures using the significant collections of John Oxley Library. The recipient will receive a stipend of $15,000.

Ray and Babe Melrose inside their shop at Grovely

The Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship is awarded annually to support a research project that uses the rich resources of the John Oxley Library and contributes to the creation of new knowledge about Queensland's business or economic history.

Woman mixing sound in the Edge recording studio

The Mittelheuser Scholar in Residence is generously supported by Dr Cathryn Mittelheuser AM through the Queensland Library Foundation. Valued at $15,000, the residency is awarded annually to a leading thinker in the cultural sector, whose work gives rise to innovative new services or strategies.  

Brisbane Punk band

The Letty Katts Award supports the research and documenting of Queensland’s music history. It gives a musician, composer, scholar or researcher the opportunity to study, experiment and explore new thinking in their art/study, leading to the creation of new knowledge or work/s inspired by Queensland’s music history. The recipient receives a stipend of $5,000. This award is biennial and will be awarded again in 2022.  

Herberton Mining Museum  Visitor Centre

The John Oxley Library Award and the John Oxley Library Community History Award are gifted by the Library Board of Queensland and the Queensland Library Foundation and given annually to individuals and local community organisations for distinction and innovation in the documenting and sharing of Queensland’s history.

State Librarian Vicki McDonald presenting Dianne Byrne with the State Library of Queensland Medal

The State Library of Queensland Medal recognizes the valuable contribution and dedication of former staff and their work at the Library.  

Researchers Matthew Wengert and Louise Martin-Chew explore an item from the collections of the John Oxley Library

A list of past Queensland Memory fellows and award recipients. Details of their projects and research topics.

Other opportunities

Honorary Fellowship

An Honorary Fellowship has been established to support research projects of high calibre. Honorary fellows will have access to facilities and receive support in accordance with State Library’s other fellowship programs.  This research would be conducted without a monetary stipend.  No applications are required for the Honorary Fellowship.  Only applicants to the John Oxley Library Fellowship are eligible. 

Queensland Business History Award

The Queensland Business History award acknowledges companies that recognise the value of protecting and promoting their corporate history and heritage collections.

Guidelines for Entry

Download the Guidelines for Entry

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

State Library research fellowships are proudly supported by: