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New National Library Fellows named
30 September 2015
Researchers studying topics from migration to politics, early Japanese cultural exchanges to Aboriginal music are among the recipients of the 2016 National Library of Australia Fellowships.
Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, said the 2016 Fellowships, reinstated and expanded through the generosity of donors and supporters, attracted a field of 147 applications from Australia and overseas—more than double that of previous rounds, with about $700,000 raised through overwhelming donor support.
The Fellowships were open to both emerging and established Australian and international scholars, who could best use the National Library’s collection to further their research.
‘The response from researchers has been overwhelming in both quality and quantity,’ Ms Schwirtlich said. ‘The applicants demonstrated a high research quality, innovative projects and significant use of the national collections—and for that, we congratulate them.’
In its report to the National Library of Australia Council, the Fellowships Advisory Committee said:
‘In a challenging budgetary environment, thanks to overwhelming support from the community and philanthropic supporters, the National Library has delivered one of the most significant turnarounds for its Fellowships program and positioned Australia well for advancing our understanding of Australia and knowledge more generally.
‘If previous scholars are any example, we can expect that some of the most significant research coming out of Australia in the next couple of years will have been seeded by this program.’
Secretary to the National Library of Australia Fellowships Advisory Committee and Senior Curator Robyn Holmes is available for interview.