James Sykes Battye Memorial Fellowship

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Applications for the 2015 James Sykes Battye Memorial Fellowship are open from 6 January - 13 February 2015.

James Sykes Battye was the State Library’s Chief Librarian from 1894-1954. The J.S. Battye Memorial Fellowship honors his legacy as an historian and collector of West Australian historical material.  The Fellowship was established through the Leah Jane Cohen Library Bequest to enhance understanding of Western Australia through research based on the State Library’s heritage collections.  

Eligibility and Terms of Fellowship

Applications are open to Australian residents who may be historical or contemporary researchers, writers or those in the creative industries with a strong research interest.   Research must be based on the collections of the J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History and should result in a report and public presentation. 

Fellowships are not available:

  • Where the research would be part of the applicant's regular paid employment;
  • To current State Library of Western Australia employees.

The successful applicant will be entitled to:

  • A monetary amount up to $10,000, paid in installments upon the completion of agreed milestones;
  • Support from a State Library Subject Specialist, at the discretion of the Battye Historian;
  • Waiver of photocopy, microfilm copy and digital print charges at the discretion of the Battye Historian;
  • Physical access to the J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History and other State Library collections at the discretion of the Battye Historian;
  • Research space and the use of office equipment at the discretion of the Battye Historian.  The successful applicant will supply their own computer;
  • An induction tour and introduction to staff and library facilities; and
  • Use of the State Library Theatre for public presentations.


The successful applicant will be required to take up and complete the Fellowship within the period April - June 2015. They will be required to sign a contract with the State Library of Western Australia agreeing to;

  • Make at least one public presentation of the process and results of their research;
  • Grant the State Library of Western Australia the right to publish content on the website and first right of publication in any format of the results of their research;
  • Deposit a copy of any work produced with the State Library;
  • Be available for publicity purposes, including interviews with the media, to promote the results of the Fellowship and acknowledge the support of the State Library of Western Australia in any publication or promotion.
  • Prepare a 2000 word report at the conclusion of the Fellowship detailing the benefits of the experience.

Selection Process

All applications will be examined by an independent Fellowship Committee convened by the State Librarian and comprising a member of the Library Board of Western Australia, the Battye Historian, and an independent scholar. Canvassing of Committee members is not permitted. The Fellowship Committee will interview short-listed applicants. All applicants will be notified informing them of the Committee’s decision, which is regarded as final.  No discussion or correspondence will be entered into concerning the Committee’s decision.
Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The degree to which the research outcomes would promote the collections of the Battye Library;
  • The degree to which the research outcomes help the State Library fulfil its strategic goal of ‘treasuring the stories of Western Australia’;
  • The applicant’s prior research experience and the quality of that research, relative to opportunity.

How to Apply

Applications open Tuesday 6 January 2014 and close 5.00pm Friday 13 February 2015.

Posted or hand delivered applications must be received by the 5.00pm on the close date.  Late applications will not be considered.  Applications can be made on a printed copy of the Application Form available here.
Applications can also be made electronically by emailing your application. Please send completed applications marked Confidential to:
Dr Susanna Iuliano
James Sykes Battye Memorial Fellowship
State Library of Western Australia
Perth Cultural Centre,
25 Francis Street,
PERTH WA 6000 

It is recommended that you keep a copy of your application for your records. All applicants will receive a formal letter acknowledging their application.
Enquiries
Dr Susanna Iuliano
Phone: 08 9427 3480
Email: susanna.iuliano@slwa.wa.gov.au

Please see Information for Applicants.

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