The National Library of Australia has been reborn as a centre for literary, academic and creative excellence thanks to more than $500,000 in donor support for a new program of fellowships.

Director-General of the National Library, Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich,  said the generous support from donors large and small, particularly in this time of fiscal austerity, was phenomenal.

‘It is with the greatest delight that I can today announce this new program of fellowships which will help promote the rich National Library of Australia collection to a brand-new audience,’ she said.

 ‘The new fellowships are broader in scope and offer significant financial assistance. They have been made possible through the most generous of donors, including  the Chair of the National Library Council, Mr Ryan Stokes, the Chair of the Library’s Foundation Board, Mr Kevin McCann AM and Mrs  Deidre McCann in partnership with the Macquarie Group Foundation, past and present members of the National Library Council  and our valued Patrons and supporters.’

Ms Schwirtlich said the new National Library of Australia Fellowships would be offered in a wide range of areas to emerging and established researchers, writers, artists and younger scholars in pursuit of their goals.  

Four of the Fellowships will be available for research that supports the use of the National Library’s collections in any area. Of two of the other fellowships, one will support the study of Japan whilst the other will be for Australian Literature.

Australian and international researchers and scholars are invited to apply for the new 2016 National Library of Australia Fellowships.

For guidelines, and to apply, check out the site here.

Applications close on Sunday 17 May, 2015.

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