Fryer Library Fellowship

The annual Fryer Library Fellowship (formerly the Fryer Library Award) is one of the Library's annual awards and fellowships, made possible with the support of our donors and benefactors. The Fryer Library Fellowship aims to: 

  • Support research into Australian historical and literary studies utilising the collections of the University of Queensland’s Fryer Library.
  • Promote The University of Queensland’s Fryer Library as a centre of scholarly activity.
  • Integrate a digital component (e.g. online exhibition) that will expand access and encourage engagement with the Fryer collections used in the research project.

Applications are invited in the following areas:

  • Australian literature
  • Australian theatre
  • Indigenous studies
  • Queensland architecture
  • Art and design
  • Australian history and political culture
  • Women’s studies

Successful applicants receive $20,000 as well as full UQ Library access and digitisation services. 

It is anticipated that the successful applicant will be based at the St Lucia campus of The University of Queensland for a negotiated period, with a maximum of six months. The appointment is to be taken up during the fellowship year. 

The Fryer Library Fellowship is generously funded through donations. Thank you to our supporters for making this possible. 

The Fryer Library collection

The Fryer Library collection embraces Australiana, rare books, literary and political papers, architectural plans and the papers of significant UQ scholars and alumni.

How to apply

Apply now

Applications for the Fryer Library Fellowship are due by Sunday 18 March.

Download the Fryer Library Fellowship Guidelines for more information.

Contact the Manager, Fryer Library with any questions.

2018 Fryer Fellowship

Associate Professor Sue Davis

Associate Professor Susan Davis, Deputy Dean Research in the School of Education and the Arts at Central Queensland University (Sunshine Coast Region) is the recipient of the 2018 Fryer Library Fellowship.

Susan's fellowship project will use collections held in the Fryer Library relating to Queensland artist and environmentalist Kathleen McArthur and the network of women, artists, and environmentalists who inspired her and have been inspired by her. The fellowship will make it possible for Susan to write an illustrated biography of Kathleen McArthur featuring prints, correspondence, and ephemera from the Kathleen McArthur collection and other ‘wild/flower women’ such as Judith Wright and Margaret Thorsborne.

Previous recipients



L-R first row: Dr Jane Hunt (2009), Dr Cheryl Taylor (2010), James Halford (2011), Dr William Hatherall (2013), Dr Damien Williams (2015); L-R second row: Dr Roger Osborne (2016), Dr Duncan Hose (2017)

  • Dr Duncan Hose, 2017 
  • Dr Roger Osborne, 2016
  • Dr Damien Williams, 2015
  • Dr Fred Cahir, 2014
  • Dr William Hatherell, 2013
  • Dr D'Arcy Randall, 2012
  • Barbara Williams, 2012 (Honorary)
  • James Halford, 2011
  • Dr Cheryl Taylor, 2010
  • Dr Jane Hunt, 2009
  • Dr Katherine Barnes, 2008
  • Dr Toni Johnson-Woods, 2007
  • David Henderson, 2006
  • Professor Laurie Hergenhan, 2006 (Honorary)