Queensland Memory Awards

Applications and nominations for the 2020 Queensland Memory Awards are now open.

Research fellowships 2020

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.

Applications and nominations for the 2020 Queensland Memory Awards are now open.  For more information about individual fellowships, awards or residencies or to apply for a fellowship or residency please select from one of the following.  All applications must be received by 5:00pm Thursday 26 March 2020.

If you have an interest in applying for a fellowship please come along to our Fellowship Information Night on Wednesday 19 February, 6:00pm, John Oxley Library Reading Room. A panel of past fellows, judges and State Library staff will discuss the experience being a State Library of Queensland fellow and what aspects make a good application.

If you would like to submit a nomination for Queensland Memory’s recognition awards please select either the John Oxley Library Award for individuals, the Queensland Business History Award for businesses or the John Oxley Library Community History Award for community organisations and heritage groups.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 2020.  

Caylie Jeffrey winner of the 2019 John Oxley Library Community History Award for her project Under the Lino

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.

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

Presented by the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame, the Queensland Business History Award is a recognition award presented to a Queensland based business that has successfully protected and promoted their corporate history and archives.

Guidelines for Entry

Download the Guidelines for Entry

About Queensland Memory Awards

State Library’s 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.

 

Queensland Memory Awards fellowships and residencies on offer in 2020:

 

What does a fellowship or residency offer?

  • A supportive environment for extended research and inquiry
  • A shared back of house workspace in the Neil Roberts Research Lounge on level 4 of State Library of Queensland
  • An honorarium paid in scheduled instalments (excl. Honorary Fellowship).  The honorarium can be expended at the fellow’s discretion
  • Free Wi-Fi, printing and photocopying
  • Access to staff expertise and support
  • Access to State Library’s collections
  • Special borrowing privileges

 

What are fellows or residents required to do?

  • Contribute at least three (3) articles to State Library’s John Oxley Library Blog related to his/her research.
  • Provide two (2) reports about their progress to date.
  • Participate in at least one (1) public program related to his/her research project such as the Research Reveals events.
  • Deposit a copy of any work produced with the John Oxley Library.
  • Be available for publicity purposes relating to the fellowship or residency, including media interviews and social media engagement.
  • Participate in creating a digital story or filmed presentation about his/her fellowship or residency.
  • 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.
  • Ensure outcomes of the research undertaken as part of the fellowship or residency acknowledge the State Library of Queensland.
  • Provide new insights into State Library’s collection and contribute new knowledge about Queensland’s history.
  • Fellows are required to sign a Memorandum of Agreement with State Library, detailing payment schedule and other requirements listed above.

 

Who can apply?

  • Researchers and writers of any discipline, historians, curators, visual and performing artists, filmmakers, musicians and digital creatives are all welcome to apply.  Queensland Memory fellowships, residencies and awards are open to applications from individuals only. Applications from groups will not be accepted.
  • Interstate applicants are welcome however onsite use of the Neil Roberts Research Lounge at State Library of Queensland is expected for a portion of the fellow/scholar’s tenure.
  • If you are currently in receipt of a funded fellowship or residency from another institution, please indicate this in your application.  The fellowship is not intended to support research projects which are a component of postgraduate studies. 
  • If your project has already commenced, you are eligible to apply.
  • If you are a Queensland State Government employee, please provide evidence of the support of your manager (email/letter) with your completed application.  State Library of Queensland employees are ineligible to apply.
  • If you would like to be considered for an Honorary Fellowship, please select this option on the entry form.  This applies only to applicants for the John Oxley Library Fellowship An Honorary Fellowship may be offered to the first shortlisted applicant after the winner. 

 

How to apply – online

  1. Select the fellowship or residency you would like to apply for. 
  2. Complete the online entry form on web page.  All fields must be completed to submit your application. 
  3. Complete the fellowship application form or an Expression of Interest (EOI). If you are applying for the Monica Clare Research Fellowship, please also attach a copy of Confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Descent or Letter of Confirmation with your application form.
  4. Attach the completed fellowship application form or EOI to your online entry form and click SUBMIT

You will receive an email acknowledgement of receipt of your application. 

Important!  If you do not receive an email acknowledging receipt, please check your spam/junk folder first and then contact the Research Coordinator immediately at the email address or phone number listed below.

 

How to apply – postal

  1. Download and print the entry form and the fellowship application form or EOI form.
  2. Complete the entry form
  3. Complete the fellowship application form or complete an EOI. If you are applying for the Monica Clare Research Fellowship, please also attach a copy of Confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Descent or Letter of Confirmation with your application form
  4. Post both the entry form and the application (or EOI) to:

          Research Coordinator
          Queensland Memory
          State Library of Queensland
          PO Box 3488
          South Brisbane QLD  4101
          Email: fellowships@slq.qld.gov.au
          Phone:  07 3840 7879 or 3840 7887

All completed applications or EOIs plus entry forms (including any attachments) must be received by State Library no later than 5pm Thursday 26 March 2020.

 

What happens to my application/EOI?

An independent judging panel approved by the State Librarian and CEO will assess all applications.  The judging panel may, at their discretion, interview short-listed applicants.

The successful applicant will be notified before any public announcement.

All applicants will be notified in writing as to the outcome of their application/EOI, approximately 8 weeks after the closing date. Successful applicants will be announced at the Queensland Memory Awards ceremony in May 2020.

The decision of the judging panel is final and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into with regards to the panel’s decision.

Fellows/scholars will be provided with physical space, Wi-Fi and printing access to conduct their own research. Fellows/scholars will be expected to bring in their own laptop computers or digital devices to complete their projects. Fellows/scholars will be given an initial orientation and introduction to State Library.  Fellows should liaise with the Research Coordinator to assist with their day-to-day needs.

 

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

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