Fellowship Guidelines

In 2014, the Copyright Agency established two Fellowships to honour the contribution made by the authors and publishers active in our formation in 1974.

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund has committed $120,000 each year for the fellowships to do the following:

  1. Provide established authors with funds that will allow them to dedicate a serious amount of time to writing;
  2. Give publishers with five or more years’ experience the opportunity to research world-leading trends in publishing and provide that information back to industry.

Below has more detailed information for guidelines for each of these three streams, being: Author Fellowships and Publisher Fellowships.

Author Fellowships

The Copyright Agency will award $80,000 to a mid to late career author to cover a 12 month period and to be used for the development and creation of work.

To be eligible, the applicant must be a mid to late career author with at least five substantial published works. Of these five published works, two can be self-published.

  • The applicant must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Open to novelists, playwrights, poets, scriptwriters, non-fiction writers, children’s book writers and journalists.
  • Authors must submit their own applications. Publishers are not able to apply on behalf of authors.
  • The applicant must have a publishing contract or a letter of intention to publish from the publisher. This prize/fellowship is not to supplant any advance offered under their publishing contract.
  • The successful applicant will agree to acknowledge the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund support in any publication arising from the fellowship.
Supporting documentation
  • Proof of a publishing contract or letter of intent from publisher
  • A synopsis of the proposed work
  • A sample of writing (5 pages)
  • A demonstration of the applicant’s publishing record/list of published works/ a professional writing CV.


Applications Now Closed

Author Fellowships Announcement: November 2016

Acquittal Report / Research Paper Due: 1 January 2018



Publisher Fellowships

Four Copyright Agency Publisher Fellowships of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to fund a study program to research the digital publishing landscape.

These Fellowships aim to celebrate excellence and innovation in publishing while providing opportunity for Australia’s best publishers to build awareness of publishing trends and emerging business models and technologies. The Fellowships provide fellows with support to learn from leaders in publishing from around the world.

Each fellow will be required to produce a research paper of 5,000 words to be published by Copyright Agency. The fellows will also be asked to present their research findings in a public panel discussion hosted by the Copyright Agency.

The applications will be judged by a panel of senior publishers.

Criteria for applications
  • To be eligible, the applicant must have at least five years’ publishing experience.
  • Applications must be submitted by the individual seeking funding.
  • The applicant must be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident.
  • Open to trade, education, poetry, children’s, journal, magazine or newspaper publishers.
  • Applicants must be able to conduct research activities and submit an acquittal report and a formal research paper by 30 June 2017.
  • A demonstration of the applicant’s digital publishing experience.
Supporting documentation
  • A letter of support from the applicant’s employer, which contains agreement for the individual to have the necessary time away from the workplace to undertake the study tour.
  • A detailed outline of proposed meetings and conferences.


Applications Now Closed

Publisher Fellowships Announcement: November 2016

Study Programs: Commence from 1 January 2017

Acquittal Report / Research Paper Due: 30 June 2017

Panel Presentation: Second half of 2017

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