Applying for the AFI Research Collection Fellowship

RMIT’s AFI Research Collection, in partnership with RMIT Culture, and the Screen and Sound Cultures Research Group at RMIT University, is pleased to announce the 2021 AFI Research Collection Research Fellowship.

The Fellowship will provide a stipend of $5,000 (AUD).

The AFI Research Collection (AFIRC) at RMIT invites proposals from scholars around Australia wishing to undertake research that utilises the Collection’s resources and promotes the AFIRC through a published outcome. The Fellowship is designed to showcase the unique holdings of the AFIRC, which include film stills, newspaper clippings and other significant artefacts from the Australian film and television industry and beyond.

The appointed Fellow will have access to the Collection under the guidance of the AFIRC staff.

The Fellowship will provide a stipend of $5,000 (AUD) which includes travel costs if the recipient is not from Melbourne.

The Fellow will be required to participate in an accessible public event that engages on a topic related to their work. This could be in the form of an informal In-Conversation, or a panel style event and will be facilitated by RMIT Culture.


Who can apply for the Fellowship?

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


How do I apply for the Fellowship?

Applications for the AFIRC Research Fellowship in 2021 will close on 11:55 pm (AEST) Sunday 29 August 2021 

General information for applicants

Download the application form here (113Kb .doc)

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Feel free to contact the AFI Research Collection if you have any questions.


Previous winners of AFI Research Collection Fellowship

2020 – Jessica Balanzategui
Children’s Television Genres in Australia 1960 – 2000 and Changing Paradigms of Quality Child-Appropriate Screen Content: Assessing cultural and policy discourses surrounding paradigmatic shifts in Australian children’s television genre trends

2019 – Whitney Monaghan
Queer Television in Australia: Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals on the Small Screen from 1970 to 2000

2018 – joint winners

  • 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
  • Stuart Richards
    Queer Outwardly Australian Cinema.

2017 – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Hidden in Plain Sight: Australian Women’s Film Criticism, 1980 – 1999

2016 – no award

2015 – Alexia Kannas
Dancing with ghosts in the kingdom of shadows

2014 – joint winners

  • Andrew Nette and Dean Brandum
    Policing Melbourne’s television mean streets
  • Kirsten Stevens
    From Film Weeks to Festivals

2013 – joint winners

  • John Hughes
    Filmmakers’ cooperatives in Australia between 1966-1986
  • Fincina Hopgood
    Australian filmmakers’ use of comedy and autobiography to encourage empathy with mentally ill characters

2012 – Catriona Mills
The writer in Australian television history

2011 – Brenda Weber
Research on Australian reality TV

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