National Folk Fellows Emma Nixon and Chris Stone and friends, live on stage in the Fellowship concert  at the National Folk Festival, Canberra, April 2012

Applications for the 2020 National Folk Festival closed noon, 12 July 2019 (AEST). 

For folk musicians, singers, dancers, poets, performance artists, collector-performers. 

The annual National Folk Fellowship is offered jointly by the National Library of Australia and the National Folk Festival. The National Library holds the most significant folklore and related collections in Australia. The Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for the recipient to discover and explore original collected material at the Library for use in their own artistic work. The outcome of this residency at the National Library will result in a performance at the 2020 National Folk Festival. Any recordings arising from the project will be acquired for the National Library’s Oral History and Folklore collection.

Fellows receive:

  • Special access to research facilities and collections
  • Access to the Library’s professional sound recording studios
  • $4000 for travel support, accommodation and project expenses for a residency at the Library of four weeks, or equivalent
  • $4000 to present performances of, and a presentation on the collected material at the 2020 National Folk Festival and a subsequent presentation on the Fellowship at the National Library.

Australian and overseas applicants are eligible to apply but the successful applicant will need to be available to fulfil the requirements of the Folk Fellowship:

  • a 4-week residency (typically taken between November-January)
  • performance at the National Folk Festival (March or April)
  • deliver a public presentation (November following the Folk Festival)

For detailed guidelines on how to apply and online application form, please read the Information for applicants.

General enquiries:

Oral History and Folklore Branch
National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600
Phone: 02 6262 1545

Further information:

Mark Piva
Assistant Director - Oral History and Folklore / Sound Preservation


Further information about the National Folk Festival:

Pam Merrigan, Director National Folk Festival