Fryer Library Fellowship

The annual Fryer Library Fellowship encourages scholars to visit The University of Queensland and use the collections in the Fryer Library for a research project in areas including:

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

The Fryer Fellow for 2020 is Dr N.A.J. Taylor. Applications will reopen in 2022.


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

Successful applicants will be provided with an office space, computer access, free copying, and full library privileges at the St Lucia campus.


  • This fellowship is available to any scholar from Australia or overseas.
  • It will normally not be awarded to students enrolled in research higher degree programs.

Terms and Conditions

  • You must use the Fryer Library collections to support your research project.
  • The appointment is to be taken up during the Fellowship year.
  • Successful applicants are expected to be based at the University for a negotiated period, with a maximum of six months.
  • Successful applicants are expected to present at least one paper based on their work in an appropriate scholarly forum at The University of Queensland, for example, a presentation to the University community, including the Friends of the Library.
  • Successful applicants will incorporate a digital component in their outcomes – this could include an online exhibition, effective use of social media, and other digital activities.
  • Successful applicants are required to report on their research and published outcomes, with acknowledgement of the Fryer Library in resulting publications.
  • Support the Library’s donor stewardship activities – for example, be available to meet with donors who contribute to the Fellowship.

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.


Email Simon Farley,, Fryer Librarian, about this fellowship.


How to apply

  1. Investigate Fryer Collections for project opportunities.
  2. Prepare a fellowship proposal and supporting documents.
  3. Complete the Fryer Library Fellowship Application Form and upload your documents.

Application tips

Strong applications:

  • Make substantial use of Fryer Collections
  • Draw on unique archival collections
  • Look at under-investigated collections.

See the Selection section for more information on how applications will be assessed.

    Supporting documents

    Include a copy of your:

    • Curriculum Vitae (CV), including details of degrees and professional qualifications; academic, professional, community and other positions held in the past five years; a list of publications, including public presentations; and activities, achievements and awards relevant to this application.
    • Project proposal of no more than three pages, outlining the work you intend to complete at The University of Queensland with the assistance of the Fryer Library Fellowship:
      • Specify the publication output you expect to achieve during or immediately following the fellowship period
      • Detail how you will make use of the Fryer Library collections.
    • Two referee reports including the referee's full name, email and best contact number and a statement from them addressing:
      • Your scholastic and research ability
      • Your experience in the proposed field
      • Their assessment of your project proposal.


    • Applications will be considered by the Fryer Library Fellowships Committee, comprising representatives from relevant University of Queensland Faculties and the Library.
    • Applications will be assessed against the applicant’s achievements, research track record (relative to opportunity), the strength of the research project proposal itself, and the likelihood of publishable outcomes that includes a digital component.
    • Preference will be given to candidates whose projects make substantial use of the Fryer Library collection and which will result in scholarly publications.

    2019 Fryer Fellowship

    Lindy Allen

    Lindy Allen is an experienced freelance consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the museum, arts and cultural heritage industry.  She is skilled in Curatorial Projects, Archival Research, Repatriation, Valuations, Collection Assessment and Due Diligence, Nonprofit Organizations, Anthropology, and Museum Education.

    Lindy's fellowship project will investigate the photojournalistic component of the Ernestine Hill Papers held in the Fryer Library. The Papers include many hundreds of photographic prints and negatives of Indigenous Australians taken in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Lindy will reorder the images virtually in a way that makes the collection more meaningful to Indigenous Australians and researchers, and produce a digital platform that provides better access to, and searchability of, the collection. The digital platform will also provide contextual information relating to the history and content of the image archive and other layers revealed through the research project.

    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 Sue Davies (2018)

    • Dr Sue Davies, 2018
    • 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)

    The Fryer Library Fellowship supports research into Australian historical and literary studies and aims to:

    • to promote the Fryer Library as a centre of scholarly activity
    • expand access and engagement with the Fryer collection through a digital component, such as an online exhibition.

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