CAUL / ASA Fellowships - Information for Applicants Friday, 27 May 2016

Information for Applicants (updated for 2016 fellowship)

The primary goal of the Fellowships is to showcase special collections in Australian university libraries by providing artists, authors, scholars and researchers with an opportunity to undertake original creative work on projects that will benefit from concentrated access to these collections.

The Fellowships have been made possible through the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. CAUL and the ASA expect to award two fellowships in 2016.

The Fellowships will facilitate access to University libraries’ special collections by providing A$10,000 in non-salary funding for visiting artists, authors, scholars and researchers working on creative projects which would be supported by access to at least one of the special collections.

The grants could be used for travel, accommodation or other project related expenses. Applications are invited from artists, authors, scholars and researchers from Australia.

Application requirements 

Applications must be submitted using the official application form and should detail all requirements outlined in the guidelines, especially the special collection/s they are most interested in working with.

Fellowship requirements

Awardees wlll need to:

  • make significant use of one or more of the CAUL special collections;
  • take up the award in the year for which it was granted;
  •  spend time in and engage with their host institutions during the time of their fellowship;
  • work with the host institution library;
  • deliver a presentation on their work during the time of their fellowship; and produce the  output identified in the their application. Acknowledgment of the Copyright Fund, the ASA and CAUL in any output is required;
  • provide an end-of-year project report on a form to be provided.

The intent of the fellowship is to enable a fellow to access new collections; hence applicants are discouraged from using their own host institution collections as the primary focus of their application.

Selection process

The Fellowships program is competitive and therefore the quality of the written application is of paramount importance. Applicants are urged to contact the relevant special collections librarian to clarify the match between their research interest and the collections. A letter of endorsement from the special collections librarian should be provided with the application.
All applications will be evaluated and ranked by a selection panel, comprised of Committee members of the ASA and CAUL. Applications will be assessed against applicant's creative achievements, publications or other research outputs, strength of the project proposal and the possibility of mutually beneficial outcomes. The committee will determine the number and size of grants based on the evaluation of the applications received.

About CAUL and the ASA

CAUL engages in collaborative activities to achieve key objectives including: maximising the information resources available to researchers and facilitating access to them.

The Australian Society of Authors is the professional association for Australia's literary creators.

More information

Specific questions about the fellowship requirements or selection process can be directed to the CAUL Communication & Policy Officer