We award one Dr Joseph Brown AO Fellowship each year, with funding of up to $20,000. Research can be full-time for six months, or part-time for 12 months.
Preference is given to applicants who can't access other grants. Joint applicants and those with projects that are part of examination requirements towards a degree or similar qualification are ineligible. Projects supported by the Australian Research Council are also ineligible.
If you're thinking about applying, you should attend our annual information session, held each February, to discuss your proposal before submitting it.
Please note: this fellowship was offered in 2009, 2010, and is not being offered in 2013.
If you're successful, you'll need to:
- start and finish your fellowship in the 12 months immediately following the award's announcement
- make significant use of our collections
- spend at least 75 per cent of your research time at the Library
- publicly present your results and, if applicable, deposit a copy of your work
- give us the first opportunity to publish your findings, if applicable
Applications must be in writing, using the official application form. Your application should include the names of three referees. Late applications won't be considered. All applications will be acknowledged by mail.
Based on the advice of senior Library staff who put together a shortlist, an independent committee of the Library Board of Victoria considers the applicants and makes final recommendations to the Board. A list of all applicants is also given to the committee so those who aren't shortlisted can still be considered.
Once applicants have been considered, Library staff contact selected applicants' referees. Subject to favourable references, the recommended applications are presented to the Board, which then selects the recipient at its June meeting.
Once the successful applicant accepts, unsuccessful applicants are advised by mail.
Specific questions about the fellowship requirements or selection process can be directed to Gail Schmidt at email@example.com or on 03 8664 7335.