Applications for State Library of Queensland’s annual research fellowships are now open. This year the inaugural $10,000 Place Making Fellowship will be offered to support research on important historical sites around Queensland. Brisbane’s Peters Ice Cream Factory will be the first iconic site to be researched.

All fellowships encourage new perspectives on Queensland history, and form part of State Library’s prestigious Queensland Memory Awards. Previous fellows have uncovered fascinating aspects of the motor industry, political ephemera, jazz, the Great Artesian Basin, and land ballots. Prospective applicants can attend an information night on Thursday 7 March to hear more about the application process and insights from current State Library fellows.

State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald said the fellowship program encourages people from diverse backgrounds to uncover and interpret Queensland history. “The fellowships provide researchers an opportunity to interpret State Library’s collections, creating new knowledge about our state,” she said. “It is important that State Library continues to build knowledge from a range of perspectives, so we are hoping to see more applications from women and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people this year. The fellowships are open to people of all disciplines; whether you are an academic, artist, musician or  writer, we want you to apply.”

Applications close 5pm Thursday 28 March. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in May. Applications can be submitted online.

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