During the reporting period, the Library operated one grant program.
Community Heritage Grants
The Library awarded 75 grants of up to $15,000 to assist community organisations to preserve and manage nationally significant cultural heritage collections. Financial support and assistance for this grant program was received from the Attorney-General’s Department, Ministry for the Arts (the program is now under the Department of Communications and the Arts); the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; and the National Museum of Australia.
Fellowships and Scholarships
During the reporting period, the Library operated the following programs.
National Library of Australia Fellowships
In March 2015, a new scheme of National Library of Australia Fellowships was launched, to be offered from 2016, to support Australian and international researchers to make intensive use of the collections during a 12-week residency. 2016 fellowships were awarded to Associate Professor Michelle Arrow, Associate Professor Clinton Fernandes, Dr Amanda Harris, Emeritus Professor Lesley Johnson, Professor Klaus Neumann, Mr Michael Piggott and Dr Agnieszka Sobocinska.
National Library Fellowship in Australian Literature
Funded through the Eva Kollsman and Ray Mathew Trust, the 2016 fellowship was awarded to Dr Bridget Vincent.
National Library Fellowship in Japan Studies
Funded through the Harold S. Williams Trust, the 2016 fellowship was awarded to Dr Luke Gartlan.
Friends of the National Library Creative Arts Fellowship
Funded by the Friends, this fellowship supports a four-week residency for a practising artist to develop new work using the Library’s collections. The 2016 fellowship was awarded to Ms Micharne Cloughley.
National Library Creative Arts Fellowship for Writing
Funded through the Eva Kollsman and Ray Mathew Trust, this fellowship supports a four-week residency for a writer to research the Library’s collections. The 2016 fellowship was awarded to Mr Paul Daley.
National Folk Fellowship
Funded jointly by the Library and the National Folk Festival, Mr Chris Sullivan was the 2016 recipient of this fellowship, which supports a four-week residency to research the Library’s collections to develop a performance at the festival.
Japan Study Grants
Funded through the Harold S. Williams Trust, these grants support scholars to undertake research using the Library’s Japanese collections for up to four weeks. Grants were awarded to Associate Professor Tomoko Aoyama, Dr Natsuko Akagawa, Dr Lucy Fraser, Ms Mayu Kanamori and Dr Helen Kilpatrick.
Norman McCann Summer Scholarships
Funded by Mrs Pat McCann, in 2016 the six-week scholarships to support postgraduate research by young Australians were awarded to Ms Meg Brayshaw, Ms Gretel Evans and Ms Talisha Goh.
Seymour Summer Scholarship
Funded by Dr John Seymour and Dr Heather Seymour AO, this six-week scholarship to support postgraduate research by a young Australian was awarded to Ms Morgan Burgess.
Kenneth Binns Travelling Fellowship
Funded by the descendants of Kenneth Binns, this fellowship supports travel for professional development by Library staff in the early stages of their career. The 2016 fellowship was awarded to Mr David Priddle.
Friends of the National Library Travelling Fellowship
Funded by the Friends, this fellowship provides a significant professional development opportunity for a Library staff member. The 2016 fellowship was awarded to Ms Monika Szunejko.