Redmond Barry Fellowship

The Redmond Barry Fellowship is named in honour of Sir Redmond Barry (1813-1880), a founder of the University of Melbourne and the State Library of Victoria. As a founding father and first Chancellor, Sir Redmond Barry looms large in the history of the University of Melbourne. Barry stamped his personality on all aspects of the early University from the curriculum to its infrastructure.

The first Fellowship was awarded in 2004 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Sir Redmond Barry's laying of the foundation stones for both institutions on 3 July 1854. The 2016 Fellowship shall be awarded to scholars and writers to facilitate research and the production of works of literature that utilise the superb collections of the State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne.

Up to $20,000 shall be awarded to assist with travel, living and research expenses. Fellows will be based at the State Library of Victoria for three to six months. During this period, Fellows will be expected to pursue their own project, present a lecture or short seminar series open to the public, Library and University communities, and submit a brief report at the conclusion of their Fellowship.

Fellowships are open to scholars and writers from Australia and overseas. The Fellow's project may be in any discipline or area in which the Library and the University have strong collections.

Apply for the Fellowship

Redmond Barry Fellowship application form (PDF)

Guidelines for referees (PDF)

Please submit your completed application form and supporting materials via email to

Applications close Sunday 23 April 2017

Professor Jennifer Clark
Professor Jennifer Clark

Current Redmond Barry Fellow

Professor Jennifer Clark

Yours faithfully: Writing letters for the Council for Aboriginal Rights, 1952–1961

Historical narrative, scholarly article and blog

The papers of the Council for Aboriginal Rights (CAR) are one of the most important national resources for understanding recent Aboriginal history and the pursuit of civil rights. Melbourne University science alumnus Shirley Andrews was its honorary secretary between 1952 and 1961. Professor Jennifer Clark's Redmond Barry Fellowship project examines the first 10 years of CAR through the lens of Shirley Andrews' rich and revealing letters. While the papers reflect the thinking within CAR and record its actions, they also demonstrate the importance of the letter as a mechanism to build networks and reach a wide audience. The letters also shine light on the enormous contribution CAR's secretary made to the cause.

Professor Jennifer Clark is a historian and researcher who is currently Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Support at the University of New England and Professor of History. She holds a BA (Hons I, University Medal), PhD in History and a Dip Ed from University of Sydney. Jennifer has worked as a history academic at the University of New England for most of her career, and since 2009 has served in university management roles around teaching and learning. She is widely published, with two monographs, two edited books, 10 book chapters, 28 refereed journal articles, non-refereed articles, conference papers and over 100 media interviews, including a Compass program, an Encounter program and a Sixty Minutes story.

Previous Redmond Barry Fellowship Recipients

Previous Recipients