Congratulations to the 9 recipients of the 2024 National Library of Australia Fellowships.

Drawing on the Library’s extensive collections to inform their projects, the 2024 Fellows will use the National Library’s unique collections to conduct research into subjects including award-winning Australian writers, international finance and and the Jesuit mission to Japan in the sixteenth century.


Supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust for Research in Australian Literature

Dr Bernadette Brennan, independent researcher 

Researching Drusilla Modjeska: Feminism, Empire and the Pacific

Supported by the Stokes family

Dr Nicholas Ferns, ARC DECRA Research Fellow in History, Monash University

International Finance and National Development: Australia and the World Bank

Dr Melanie Duckworth, Associate Professor in English Literature, Østfold University College, Norway

Christobel Mattingley: Life, Worlds, Words

Ms Susan Wyndham, independent researcher

Elizabeth Harrower: A Life of Fiction

Supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust for Japan Studies

Professor Robin Gerster, Adjunct Research Professor, Monash University

Outside Looking In: Harold S. Williams and the Australian 'Gaijin' in Japan

Dr Jessica O’Leary, Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University

Japanese Women in the Jesuit Mission to Japan (1549-1639)

Offered by the Library

Dr Burcu Cevik-Compiegne, Lecturer in Turkish Studies, Australian National University

Turkish-Australian transnational life writing

Dr Caren Florance, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Centre for Creative & Cultural Research, University of Canberra

A Defining Relationship: The NLA and the CSA Graphic Investigation Workshop, 1984-1997

Dr David McDonald, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Melbourne

From Care to Carcerality: Understanding the Experiences of Forgotten Australians and Child Migrants

Thank you

The Library would like to acknowledge the donors who continue to support the Fellowships program, including the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust, the Stokes family, and the Harold S. Williams Trust for Japan Studies. Three Honorary Fellowships were also awarded by the Library this year.

On behalf of donors and the Fellowships Advisory Committee, the Library thanks all applicants for the 2024 NLA Fellowship program. Applicants demonstrated significant understanding of the Library’s collections across a wide range of innovative projects, and unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to apply again for the next program.


Funded through generous philanthropic support, the Library’s Fellowship program has supported more than 200 emerging and established Australian and international scholars since 1986, encouraging new and innovative research across a range of scholarly and creative disciplines.

The 2024 Fellows will undertake a 12-week residency in Canberra, where they will have supported access to the extensive national collections, full office facilities including a designated workstation, and, for funded Fellowships, an honorarium, travel and accommodation support.

At the end of their residency, Fellows will present their findings in free public lectures.