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From our ever-changing weather to the history of community singing, a study of the reader-writer relationship to ecological stewardship – when it comes to subject matter for National Library of Australia Fellowships, applicants are limited only by their imagination.

Successful Fellows in recent years have ranged from author and cartoonist Kaz Cooke – ‘The History of Advice to Women’, to Professor David Vines – ‘Macroeconomic Policymaking in Australia: the Crucial Years’.

Director-General of the National Library, Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, encouraged researchers to apply for the 2021 National Library Fellowships which open today.

She said although the research work done by National Library Fellows was diverse, all successful applicants had one thing in common.

‘Projects by our successful applicants all enrich scholarly discourse or professional practice. They also reveal the depth of the Library’s collections – expertly developed over decades – and their capacity to support an almost infinite array of humanities and social sciences research,’ Dr Ayres said.

Through the Fellowship program, the National Library, in partnership with donors, offers researchers a 12-week residency at the National Library in Canberra. Successful Fellows will have special access to the National Library’s expert staff and collection material, full office facilities including a designated workstation, and, for funded Fellowships, an honorarium, travel and accommodation support.

Fellowship applications are invited from Australian residents as well as from international residents who are eligible for an Australian visa.

Applications for the 2021 program close at 5pm on Friday 24 April, 2020.

More information and the online application form are available on our website.


Sharyn O’Brien, Fellowship Program Manager, 02 6262 1099 or