Fellowships

Opens Closes Notified
2018 Publisher Fellowships January 12 March 2018  May 2018
2018 Author Fellowship January 24 September 2018  November 2018
2018 Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing January 24 September 2018  November 2018
2018 Fellowship for a Visual Artist January 24 September 2018  November 2018

 

“The Copyright Agency Author Fellowship was a real life saver. It allowed me to focus purely on this difficult and ambitious novel and to dedicate my body and soul to creating a work of real excellence. I cannot thank the Copyright Agency enough.”

– Melissa Lucashenko, recipient of the 2016 Author Fellowship

The Copyright Agency offers Fellowships for Australian writers and visual artists to create significant works; and to publishers for career-enhancing and leadership opportunities.

Fellowships are intrinsically important to Australian creators as it buys them time to create new work and experiences.

In 2017, the $80,000 Copyright Agency Author Fellowship was awarded to the novelist, Kathryn Heyman, whose book will be published in 2019.

She says, “Being awarded the Fellowship has been a real affirmation of my project, which is a new field for me in some ways – and it’s a relief in practical terms. I’m profoundly grateful for it.”

For 2018, two $80,000 Fellowships are available for Australian writers who have achieved some success and critical acclaim with their writing and who have a publisher interested in publishing their work.

And, for the first time, the Copyright Agency will also offer an $80,000 Fellowship for a Visual Artist to create an important new work for exhibition.

We’re really pleased to be able to offer even more support for our members who work so hard to make Australia a creative nation as part of a broader aspiration to be a nation of thinkers,” says Copyright Agency Chair, Kim Williams.

Two Publisher Fellowships valued at $15,000 each are now open for application and will close on 12 March.

“Since completing the Fellowship I’ve been promoted twice in-house at Allen & Unwin. I believe the Fellowship played a significant role in advancing my career.”

 2016 Publisher Fellow, Louise Cornegé, Allen & Unwin. Read her report here.

Publisher Fellowships

The Copyright Agency’s Publisher Fellowships provide leadership, professional development, and career enhancing opportunities for people working in the Australian publishing industry.

Two Fellowships will be awarded each round.

Amount of grant: $15,000

Author Fellowship

The Copyright Agency’s Author Fellowship will support an established Australian author to develop and create a new work. This Fellowship is open to novelists, playwrights, poets, non-fiction writers, children’s and young adult writers, and journalists.

One Fellowship will be awarded each year.

Amount of grant: $80,000

Fellowship for Non-Fiction writing

The Copyright Agency’s Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing will support an Australian author to develop and create a new work of creative non-fiction. The Fellowship will support the creation of new non-fiction writing which will engage with key issues and topics for a broad readership.

One Fellowship will be awarded each year.

Amount of grant: $80,000

Fellowship for a Visual Artist

The Copyright Agency’s Fellowship for a Visual Artist will support an established Australian visual artist to develop and create new work in any medium.

One Fellowship will be awarded each year.

Amount of grant: $80,000

 

Fellowship applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers.

For further information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

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