Three people sitting at wooden tables, looking at National Library collection material.
Left to right: Dr Mei-Fen Kuo, Dr Wesley Lim and Sam Wallman, 2023 NLA Fellows

Congratulations to the 12 recipients of the 2024 National Library of Australia Fellowships, Creative Arts Fellowships and National Folk Fellowship.

Drawing on the Library’s extensive collections to inform their projects, the 2024 recipients will use the National Library’s unique collections to conduct research into subjects as diverse as award-winning Australian fiction writers, international finance and the World Bank, Australian aviatrixes, the migrant experience and the Jesuit mission to Japan in the 16th century.

National Library of Australia Fellowships
Supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust for Research in Australian Literature 
•    Dr. Bernadette Brennan, independent researcher – Researching Drusilla Modjeska: Feminism, Empire and the Pacific 

Supported by the Stokes family 
•    Dr. Nicholas Ferns, ARC DECRA Research Fellow in History, Monash University – International Finance and National Development: Australia and the World Bank 
•    Dr Melanie Duckworth, Associate Professor in English Literature, Østfold University College, Norway - Christobel Mattingley: Life, Worlds, Words 
•    Ms Susan Wyndham, independent researcher – Elizabeth Harrower: A Life of Fiction 

Supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust for Japan Studies 
•    Professor Robin Gerster, Adjunct Research Professor, Monash University – Outside Looking In: Harold S. Williams and the Australian 'Gaijin' in Japan
•    Dr. Jessica O’Leary, Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University - Japanese Women in the Jesuit Mission to Japan (1549-1639)

Offered by the Librar
•    Dr. Burcu Cevik-Compiegne, Lecturer, Australian National University - Turkish-Australian transnational life writing 
•    Dr Caren Florance, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Centre for Creative & Cultural Research, University of Canberra - A Defining Relationship: The NLA and the Canberra School of Art Graphic Investigation Workshop, 1984-1997 
•    Dr. David McDonald, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Melbourne - From Care to Carcerality: Understanding the Experiences of Forgotten Australians and Child Migrants 

Creative Arts Fellowships
2024 Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing, supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust 
•    Dr Jo Langdon - ‘That / is history. This / is only poetry’*: poetic biographies and explorations of aviatrix histories 

2024 Creative Arts Fellowship, supported by the Friends of the National Library of Australia 
•    Ms Celia Craig - Complete Accord: Miriam Hyde

Folk Fellowship
2024 National Folk Fellow, jointly supported by the National Library of Australia and the National Folk Festival
•    Mr John Shortis - Worth Fighting For (Australian protesters and their songs)

Please contact the media team if you would like to interview any of the recipients or find out more about this philanthropic program.

Funded through generous philanthropic support, the Library’s Fellowship programs have supported more than 270 emerging and established Australian and international scholars and artists since 1986, encouraging new and innovative research across a range of scholarly and creative disciplines.

•    National Library of Australia Fellowships
•    Creative Arts Fellows
•    Folk Fellow


Media contact

Mirelle O'Mara, Media Liaison, National Library of Australia

M: 0401 226 697