The AFIRC Research Fellowship has been setup as to provide an opportunity for scholars wishing to undertake research that utilises the Collection’s resources and promotes the AFI Research Collection (AFIRC). The fellowship has been designed to showcase the unique holdings of the AFIRC, which include special collections, film stills, newspaper clippings and other significant artefacts from the Australian film and television industry.

Previous recipients of the AFIRC Research Fellowship are (research topic listed in brackets):

2018 – Mark Ryan (Digging up the history of Australian horror cinema: delineating the interwoven strands of horror, transnational-horror, Ozploitation and Australian Gothic movies from the 1970s to now and Stuart Richards (Queer Outwardly Australian Cinema).
2017 – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (Hidden in Plain Sight: Australian Women’s Film Criticism, 1980 – 1999)
2015 – Alexia Kannas (Dancing with ghosts in the kingdom of shadows)
2014 – Andrew Nette and Dean Brandum (Policing Melbourne’s television mean streets) and Kirsten Stevens (From Film Weeks to Festivals)
2013 – John Hughes (Filmmakers’ cooperatives in Australia between 1966-1986) and Fincina Hopgood ( Australian filmmakers’ use of comedy and autobiography to encourage empathy with mentally ill characters)
2012 – Dr Catriona Mills (The writer in Australian television history)
2011 – Brenda Weber (Research on Australian reality TV)

The AFI Research Collection gladly acknowledges the support of the School of Media and Communications at RMIT University and the AFIRC Committee for the funding and administration of the AFIRC Research Fellowship.


The AFIRC Research Fellowship is open to established researchers and audiovisual practitioners. These may include international and Australian applicants (resident citizens and expatriates) who have achieved eminence as academics, scholars, researchers, writers, audio and audiovisual practitioners, artists and archive professionals.

General information about the fellowship, including the application form can be found at: http://afiresearch.rmit.edu.au/?page_id=140

Please contact: Alex Gionfriddo, Librarian, AFI Research Collection: alexander.gionfriddo@rmit.edu.au

Applications are open until November 9, 2018.

Edited by AFIRC librarian, September 10, 2018

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