Monica Clare Research Fellowship

Applications for the inaugural 2020 Monica Clare Research Fellowship now open

The call for applications for the inaugural 2020 Monica Clare Research Fellowship is now open. To apply, please complete the online entry form, attach your completed Monica Clare Research Fellowship application form and Confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Descent or Letter of Confirmation and submit. For more information about the fellowship and requirements of the fellow, please see the Guidelines for Entry below. All applications must be submitted by 5:00pm Thursday 26 March 2020.

The Monica Clare Research Fellowship offers researchers of Indigenous descent of all disciplines, historians, writers and creatives the opportunity to uncover Queensland’s rich and diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history utilising the resources of the John Oxley Library and State Library of Queensland.

The fellowship recipient will receive a stipend of $15,000, a personal work space within the Neil Roberts Research Lounge for 12 months and premium access to the extensive collections and expertise library staff.

  1. Online entry form
  2. Monica Clare Research Fellowship Application form
  3. Guidelines for Entry

For more information about the Monica Clare Research Fellowship please email or call 07 3840 7879 or 07 3840 7887.

About the fellowship

The Monica Clare Research Fellowship is available to people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, with the purpose to research, explore and create new knowledge about Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures using State Library’s significant collections. Political activist and author, Monica Clare was born at Dareel near Goondiwindi and Mungindi (Queensland/NSW border) in 1924.  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.

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 undertaken as part of the Monica Clare Research fellowship should align with the principles and values outlined in this document.

The Monica Clare Research Fellowship is made possible by the support of donors through the Queensland Library Foundation.  The fellowship is awarded by a panel of judges that include representatives from State Library and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander subject experts.


Karobran : the story of an aboriginal girl. Monica Clare 1924-1973 ; Chippendale, N.S.W. : Alternative Publishing Cooperative ; c1978