NLA Research Fellowship in National Library of Australia 2018
National Library Fellowships may be awarded to researchers working in any field or discipline that the Library’s collections have appropriate depth and breadth to support.Four of the funded Fellowships are intended for particular fields of research, related to funding sources.
- The Fellowship supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust specifically supports research in Japan Studies. Harold S. Williams donated his personal collection on Japan and the West to the Library in 1978 and his bequest has enabled the Library to support research using the Japanese language collections or other collections relating to Japan.
- The Fellowship supported by the Eva Kollsman and Ray Matthew Trust specifically supports research in Australian Literature. Eva Kollsman made a bequest to the Library, in honour of the Australian poet, dramatist and writer Ray Mathew (1929-2002), to support and promote Australian writing and literary research.
- The Fellowship for Curatorial Research, supported by the Patrons and Supporters of the Library’s Treasures Gallery Access Program, is for research with a curatorial, museological or archival practice focus that will lead to enhanced public access, communication, exposure and interpretation of the Library’s collections. The research may enhance knowledge of and access to specific collections of any type, format or subject, or significant individual items. The research outcomes may encompass public access (such as exhibition, publication, events and education, digital scholarship, collection management and preservation) as well as more traditional research outcomes.
- The Fellowship supported by the Minerals Council of Australia will be awarded to researchers whose interests relate to public policy, social research, strategic and international relations, resources, industry and the environment, or the economy. This Fellowship is suitable not only for academics and independent scholars, but also policy makers, industry specialists, social researchers, journalists or other professionals. Applicants must demonstrate their research capacity but, if more appropriate, may cite equivalent professional outcomes rather than research publications in their application.Note: The Minerals Council is keen to support and promote wide-ranging research that provides historical, social or contemporary context and understanding in relation to its interests and activities. Research may include such topics as the social, economic or environmental contribution of mining, public policy, infrastructure, innovation, science and technology, resource or environmental management and sustainability, Indigenous relationships, economic diplomacy, international relations, industry and trade, security, community engagement.
Applicants whose focus is in the area of one of these four fellowships should tick both the category of fellowship (funded or honorary) and the relevant research field in the application form, as well as identify specific collections relevant to their field.
In the application form, applicants who are not research academics or independent scholars, but are employed or engaged professionally, may list equivalent professional outcomes instead of research publications to establish their record of accomplishment.
Eligibility for NLA Research Fellowship 2018
Applicants may be at any stage of their career, but must demonstrate their capacity for high quality research or equivalent scholarship, including a strong and relevant publication record, or equivalent record of professional outcomes and accomplishment, relative to opportunity.Fellowships are open only to individuals and not to research teams. When an individual is contributing to a larger collaborative project, the applicant must be able to demonstrate their own component of research at the Library.Previous recipients of Fellowships at the National Library are not eligible to apply.
Applicants may be in receipt of funding from other sources, but must provide the details and show how the Fellowship funding will relate to other sources of income for the project.
Applicants may be citizens of any country but must be able to demonstrate why the collections at the National Library of Australia are important to their research. International applicants must be eligible to apply for an appropriate visa if selected. The grant towards international travel costs is capped at AUD$2500.
Residents of the Australian Capital Territory region
Independent scholars living in Canberra or its surrounds, with normally easy access to the National Library, are eligible for funded Fellowships. This may include independent scholars or professionals who would have to take leave without pay from other employment in order to take up the Fellowship. Independent scholars from the Canberra region may receive the honorarium, if required, but will not receive accommodation or travel support.
Salaried academics who reside in the Canberra region are eligible only for Honorary Fellowships.
The Library may offer additional Honorary Fellowships to meritorious applicants, over and above the eight endowed Fellowships. Applicants may apply either for funded or Honorary Fellowships, or for both which indicates a willingness or capacity to accept an Honorary Fellowship if offered. Honorary Fellowships typically suit salaried academics in receipt of financial support from their universities for study leave or academics in receipt of other sources of funding for the same project but requiring intensive access to collections. The merit principle applies equally in the selection of Honorary Fellows.
NLA Research Scholarship Application Form 2018
How to apply
Applications for the 2018 National Library of Australia Fellowships will open online in February 2017 and close on 30th April, 2017, midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time.
Fellows are expected to undertake and complete their residency during 2018 and should nominate preferred dates in the application, commencing any time after the Fellowships are awarded. These dates are indicative, not binding, but allow the Library to effectively manage Fellows’ access to space and resources.
Category of Fellowship: Applicants may apply for either a funded or an Honorary Fellowship, or both.
Research Field: Applicants applying for a Fellowship in one of the nominated research fields should specify this in the relevant tick box. Other applicants should tick ‘Other’ and specify their own research field.
Applications can only be submitted online. Instructions are provided during the online application process. You can preview the form once you have registered.
You can save and edit the application. However, no amendments are possible after you have submitted it. Please ensure that you write your proposal succinctly and clearly.
For your application you will need the following:
- a CV (maximum two pages) that outlines your major professional achievements
- the details of three referees. Ensure referees have a copy of your application, which you can download or print from the online system.
Applications for 2018 Fellowships opened on 21st February, 2017 and closing on 30th April, 2017 at midnight Eastern Standard Time.
NLA Research Scholarship Selection Criteria 2018
Fellows are selected by an independent Fellowships Advisory Committee which is an appointed sub-committee of the National Library’s Council. Members of the panel include representatives from the learned Academies, relevant peak bodies, and the Director-General of the National Library.
In selecting Fellows, the panel takes into account the:
- The quality of the applicant’s research record, relative to opportunity, demonstrated through a biographical statement, a list of best publications or equivalent public or professional outcomes, and a short CV (2 pages) with an overview of achievements
- The strength of the applicant’s research project, and the clear articulation of research goals and expected progress during the Fellowship
- The demonstrated relevance and value of the National Library collections to support the research, particularly where these collections are unique, rare or comprehensive
- The capacity of the applicant to communicate research goals and outcomes to a wider public audience
Applicants are asked to describe their project with reference to the collections they anticipate using, requiring preliminary investigation of relevant collections. Library staff can assist with preliminary collection inquiries through the Library’s Ask a Librarian service. Applicants who do not show some preliminary consideration as to how the Library’s collections will support their proposed research will not be selected.
Applicants must nominate three referees, with their current contact details. It is the applicant’s responsibility to send a copy of their application to referees. Referees will only be contacted by the Library when the Committee has determined a short-list. Fellows will be selected and decisions announced in early September 2017.
Application Form Submission 16 Dec 2020 to 16 Jan 2021.