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.

2017 Fryer Fellowship

Dr Duncan Hose

Dr Duncan Hose is the recipient of the 2017 Fryer Library Fellowship. 

Dr Hose will explore the archive of poet John Forbes held in the Fryer Library. His project will investigate

how we conduct personal relations with those who have preceded us (the dead) through texts but also through charged articles and effects: postcards, someone’s handwriting, receipts of jokes or pranks – personal effects have their own ‘aura’ or charismatic presence.

The Fryer Library holds one of Australia’s most extensive archival collections of John Forbes’ papers, including drafts of his most highly anthologized poems. 2018 will mark the 20th anniversary of the poet’s passing.

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 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)