2020 Miegunyah Writer’s Fellowship

Deadline: December 6, 2019.

Opening to applicants this week, the 2020 Miegunyah Writer’s Fellowship is part of a large-scale multidisciplinary exhibition set to open at the Ian Potter Museum of Art in 2022.

The University of Melbourne offers a vibrant research context for the successful applicant, access to experts across a range of academic disciplines, and membership of the University of Melbourne library during the residency. Aspects of the University Art Collection will be available in consultation with the Museum’s Collection Manager and Grimwade Collection Curator.


  • Proposals must be for work that reflects the theme of eucalypt.
  • Proposals must be from published writers.
  • Proposals can be for a range of creative written forms, including short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, dramatic script.


1. The Miegunyah Writers Fellowship will give one writer resources and time to undertake research and begin work upon a written project focused on the theme of ‘eucalypt’

2. The Fellowship is available to writers resident in Australia.

3. The successful applicant will be awarded $20,000.

4. Return travel costs to Melbourne and studio accommodation/workspace at the University of Melbourne’s Norma Redpath studio in Parkville, supported by the Centre of Visual Art (CoVA) at the University of Melbourne, will be provided if the successful candidate is from interstate. • On-campus office space will be available if the writer is Melbourne-based. • University of Melbourne library membership will be provided for the duration of the residency.

5. The Fellowship is for a maximum of 6-8 consecutive weeks and must take place between July and September 2020.

6. The finished work will be due in July 2021 for publication in 2022.

7. Aspects of the finished work will be published in a catalogue accompanying the Eucalypt exhibition in 2022. The Ian Potter Museum of Art reserves the right to decline this publishing opportunity on the basis of quality/unsuitability.


Applications must include:

• The completed application form

• An outline of your research interests, how they reflect the Fellowship theme of ‘eucalypt’, how your proposed project is of relevance to your writing practice more broadly

• A sample of your writing (Maximum 5 x A4 pages)

OFFICIAL LINK: https://art-museum.unimelb.edu.au/exhibitions/call-for-applications-2020-miegunyah-writers-fellowship/

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