Publisher Fellowships

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2019 Publisher Fellowships closed closed 8 March 2019 May 2019       .

Publisher Fellowships

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

Fellowships are intended to assist publishers by supporting:

  • Attendance at a significant international leadership program or conference.
  • Industry research into issues such as leadership in publishing, diversity, developing editorial/sales/marketing skills, copyright, etc.
  • Any large-scale research project which will have an impact on their career development opportunities.

The successful Fellow will be expected to write a 5,000 – 10,000 word report upon completion of the Fellowship and to present their research findings to the publishing industry.

Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers.

Two Fellowships will be awarded each round and announced at the Australian Book Industry Awards in May.

Amount of grant: $15,000

Who can apply

  • Individuals working in the publishing industry.
  • Applicants from trade and educational publishing companies and literary magazines and journals may apply.
  • The applicant must have a minimum of five-years’ experience working in-house at a publishing company.
  • Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

How to apply

  • You must apply via the SmartyGrants online grants platform.
  • Applications must be submitted by the closing date via the online system.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Your application

All applicants must provide a clear outline of their intended project. Your application must include a project description, a one-page CV, a letter of support from your employer, and an itemised budget.


If you are unsure how to complete the budget see our sample budget.

Support Material

You must submit the following support material with your application as a PDF via the online system:

  • Applicants must submit a one-page CV outlining their experience in publishing roles.
  • A letter of support from your employer.


Successful applicants must submit an online acquittal report on their funded activities within eight weeks of the completion of the project. This report should include a description of the funded activities and detail the success or otherwise of the activity.

Applicants who have not acquitted any outstanding completed grants cannot apply until they have successfully acquitted their previous grant.

More information and contact

For further information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

To contact the Cultural Fund, call 02 9394 7623 or email

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