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Fellowships and scholarships

2017 NLA Fellow Dr Anna-Sophie Jürgens

2017 NLA Fellow Dr Anna-Sophie Jürgens outside the National Library of Australia. Image: Sam Cooper

The National Library of Australia offers a range of Fellowships and Scholarships for established and emerging researchers, practising writers and creative artists, and younger scholars. These are designed to stimulate sustained scholarly, literary and artistic use of our collections, and promote lively interaction within the Library’s community.

Fellowship benefits

Through the program, researchers gain in-depth access to Library collections and staff expertise, financial assistance, and uninterrupted time for research in a respected and supportive scholarly environment.

Award categories

  • National Library of Australia Fellowships for advanced research by scholars (2019 applications are now CLOSED)
  • Creative Fellowships, including Creative Arts Fellowships for practising artists and writers, and the National Folk Fellowship (opens April, closes 1 July 2018)
  • Asia Study Grants to support use of the Asian language collections (opens July, closes 30 September 2018)
  • Summer Scholarships for researchers aged under 30 undertaking PhD studies, plus one open age scholarship (opens July, closes 30 September 2018)

In 2015, the Library redeveloped its program of Fellowships and Scholarships, replacing the former Harold White Fellowships which supported over 150 research Fellows since 1983.  

The current program of Fellowships is broader in scope, with increased levels of financial assistance, made possible by many generous donors.