14 March 2003

Creative Fellowhips: State Library of Victoria

The Victorian State Government has announced support through the State Library of Victoria for a number of creative fellowships -- open to Australian residents who may be "independent scholars, public intellectuals, creative writers, composers, academics or developers of new media across a broad range of disciplines".

Up to eight creative Fellowships will be offered in 2003/04 for periods of six or twelve months, with stipends of $25,000 for fellowships of six months, and $50,000 for fellowships of twelve months.

Deadline(s): 30/04/2003
Contact: Dr Dianne Reilly, La Trobe Librarian, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 8664 7182; email: dreilly@slv.vic.gov.au
Web Site: http://www.statelibrary.vic.gov.au/
Program URL: http://www.statelibrary.vic.gov.au/slv/cf/cf_intro.html

Intending applicants are encouraged to attend an information evening to discuss their proposals before submitting them. This will take place on 3 April from 5.30 to 7.00 pm in the State Library Conference Centre, Entry 3, La Trobe Street, Melbourne.

Up to eight Fellowships will be awarded annually on the advice of an independent committee of the Library Board of Victoria to applicants whose research is centred on the resources of the State Library. These Fellowships will be attractive to independent scholars, artists, writers, composers, academics and developers of new media across a broad range of disciplines. The announcement of these awards will coincide with the completion of the refurbishment of the Library's domed reading room - the La Trobe Reading Room - and the availability of study facilities specially designed for serious researchers. The Creative Fellowships demonstrate the State Library of Victoria's strong commitment to original scholarship, writing and creative endeavour. They aim to: Promote the State Library of Victoria as a centre of scholarly activity and research; and Encourage scholarly, literary and creative use of the Library's collections and the production of publications/work based on them Publicise the Library's collections. The principal benefit of the Creative Fellowships is to give scholars and writers the means and the uninterrupted time to work closely with the rich resources of the State Library of Victoria. Fellows will have access to a private study for the course of their Fellowships. They may use the Library outside the opening hours of reading rooms, and may be entitled to access to book stacks and free photocopying.

ELIGIBILITY: The Creative Fellowships are open to Australian residents who may be independent scholars, public intellectuals, creative writers, composers, academics or developers of new media across a broad range of disciplines. Fellowships will not be awarded to postgraduate students before completion of examination requirements.

FUNDING: Up to eight creative Fellowships will be offered in 2003/04 for periods of six or twelve months, with stipends of $25,000 for fellowships of six months, and $50,000 for fellowships of twelve months. Applications requiring less or more time will be considered. Full-time and part-time Fellowships will be awarded. The State Library of Victoria will also award Honorary Fellowships to scholars and researchers who would benefit from the other privileges of the Creative Fellowships, but who do not require financial assistance. The award may be shared by joint-applicants, but the stipend will be the same as for a single applicant. Preference will be given to applicants who do not have access to alternative sources of subsidy. (source: email list).

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