Applications are now open for the 2022 program of NLA Creative Arts Fellowships, and will close on Monday 26 July 2021 at 1pm (AEST).

Guidelines for the 2022 program
Creative Arts Fellowships offer $10,000 to support writers and artists to spend four weeks at the National Library researching and developing a new artistic concept, artwork or body of work inspired or informed by the collections. Two Fellowships are available:

  • Creative Arts Fellowship – using our collections, artists can progress or complete a new artwork or body of work. Artists may be working in any medium other than writing. This may include music, dance, visual arts, emerging or experimental artforms. The Creative Arts Fellowship is supported by the Friends of the Library.
  • Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing – using our collections, writers can progress or complete a new creative work. This may include working in any literary form or genre, but does not include works of non-fiction. The Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing is supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust.

Creative Arts Fellowship benefits
The Fellowship offers:

  • a four-week residency, to be taken in one period, which may be extended but without further funding
  • $10,000 for use as a stipend, travel and accommodation support, and project expenses
  • special and supported access to collections
  • access to office facilities and a workstation in a shared space with other research Fellows
  • copies of collection materials (within set limits and according to access and copyright conditions)

For more information and to apply, visit