State Library Victoria is offering creatives and scholars a share in $190,000 to support in-depth inquiry into the State Collection and bring fresh perspectives to Victorian life and history, as part of the 2023 Fellowships program. Fifteen places are open for artists, performers, writers, musicians and academics to spend one year delving into the State Collection.

State Library Victoria Acting CEO Sarah Slade said the Library is excited to welcome a new generation of fellows in 2023. “This program provides access to all Victorians to better understand our past, inform our present and inspire our future”

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to delve into the rare and remarkable items in the State Collection – there is much to explore, from manuscripts, maps, rare books and newspapers, with the support of an expert librarian.”

Each Fellowship comes with funding attached, a dedicated office in the Library’s Dome Annulus and access to the Library’s podcast and recording studio.

The 2023 program will offer a new addition with the inaugural Kerri Hall Fellowship for Performing Arts. $15,000 is available to artists and writers from the Loddon Mallee region in the field of performing arts.

The 2023 Fellowships program comprises:

  • Creative Fellowships, $15,000 (x 2)
  • Creative Fellowships: Regional, $15,000 (x 2)
  • Children’s Literature Fellowship, $15,000
  • Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Research Fellowships, $15,000 (x 2)
  • Amor Residency at Baldessin Press & Studio, $5,000 in kind
  • Tate Adams Memorial Residency at Baldessin Press & Studio, $5,000 in kind
  • Georges Mora Foundation Fellowship, $10,000
  • Kerri Hall Fellowship for Performing Arts, $15,000
  • Redmond Barry Fellowship, $15,000
  • Regional Fellowship – Marion Orme Page & Regional Arts Victoria, $15,000 (x 2)
  • Berry Family Fellowship, $15,000

Applications are open for the 2023 fellowships program and close Friday 16 September 2022. To find out more, and to apply, please visit

State Library Victoria is Australia’s oldest public research library and one of the first free libraries in the world. As the custodian of Victoria’s history, the library has a rich collection of physical and digital items such articles, artworks, photographs, manuscripts, books, journals, artefacts that are accessible to the public via exhibitions, online catalogue searches, podcasts and videos. The Library is home to the Victorian Indigenous Research Centre which works to ensure that the Indigenous community is represented, acknowledged and respected in all Library programs, services and projects.

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