The recipients of the National Library's Fellowships for 2018 have been announced, revealing a wonderful range of fascinating research topics to be explored using the Library's vast collections.

From studies of the effects of extreme weather on health and emotions, to explorations of what life was like for women in the early days of communist Korea, this year's field proved to be truly diverse. 

The Fellowships support researchers to spend three months at the Library, making intensive use of collections in working toward potential long term goals including publication, new creative works and other research outcomes.

The 2018 round sees the introduction of two exciting new Fellowships: one for Curatorial Research supported by the Patrons and Supporters of the Libary's Treasures Gallery Access program, and a Fellowship supported by the Minerals Council of Australia for research across a wide range of fields.

2018 Fellows

Supported by Deidre McCann and Kevin McCann AM and the Macquarie Group Foundation

Dr Rebecca Jones, Senior Research Fellow, School of Rural Health, Monash University. Crazy Weather: the physical and emotional effects of climate extremes

Supported by Ryan Stokes

Dr Maggie Tonkin, Senior Lecturer, Department of English and Creative Writing, University of Adelaide. The Creative Process of Meryl Tankard

Supported by Library Patrons and Supporters

Professor Lisa Adkins, Professor of Sociology, University of Newcastle and Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor. Wageless Life in the Great Depression

Supported by past and present members of the National Library Council

Dr Rachel Stevens, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. Refugees, Relief and revolution: Australians in the Bangladesh Liberation War

Supported by the Minerals Council of Australia

Professor David Vines, Emeritus Fellow of Economics, Balliol College, Oxford University. Macroeconomic Policymaking in Australia: the Crucial Years

Supported by the Eva Kollsman and Ray Mathew Trust for Research in Australian Literature

Professor Gillian Russell, Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne. Charles Lamb, Romantic literary cultures, and the Australian Common Reader 1822-1960

Supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust for Research in Japan Studies

Dr Linda Zampol D’Ortia, Religious Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand. Perceptions of missionary failure in the early modern Jesuit enterprise in Japan (1549-1639)

Supported by the Patrons and Supporters of the Library’s Treasures Gallery Access Program for Curatorial Research

Associate Professor Lisa Chandler, Associate Professor of Art and Design, School of Communications and Creative Industries, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Interrupted Voyage: Visual and Narrative Constructions of Interactions between Colonial Castaways and Indigenous Australians

Offered by the Library

Dr Ruth Barraclough, Senior Lecturer, School of Culture, History and Language, Australian National University. Red Glamour: Korea’s Early Communist Women


Dr Elizabeth Burrows, Program Director, Communications, Griffith University, Queensland. Mediating the Movement: Aboriginal Rights Movement media from origin to online.