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Current Fellowships

The ABR Inglis Fellowship

Ken and Amirah InglisThe ABR Inglis Fellowship – funded though donations – honours the remarkable Ken and Amirah Inglis, whose writings and participation in Australia’s cultural and social life enriched this country. The Inglises were generous in encouraging young writers and providing them with rare opportunities. This Fellowship seeks to acknowledge that legacy.

What will the ABR Inglis Fellow contribute?

‍The chosen Fellow will contribute three review essays and/or commentaries in the field of Australia history and culture. ABR will publish these articles in print and online. Each article will be 1500 to 2000 words long. The articles will be staggered over twelve months. The Fellow will be available for media interviews and at least one event.

What will the ABR Inglis Fellow receive?

‍The Fellow will receive a total of $5,000, in three instalments, and will work closely with the ABR Editor, Peter Rose.

Who can apply?

‍Any writer aged thirty-five and under is eligible to apply: scholars, academics, journalists, commentators, creative writers, etc. Applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status in Australia. ABR staff and board members are ineligible. Contributors to the magazine are encouraged to apply. We welcome applications from First Nations writers and those with diverse backgrounds.

How to apply?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section on our website. Applicants may wish to discuss their proposals with the Editor before finalising them: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The application should comprise a proposal of two pages plus a short CV. Applicants should summarise the following:

- their interest in the magazine and its direction;
- how their contributions will advance ABR and attract new readers;
- the likely nature/scope/genre of the three articles. (We are mindful that the Fellowship may evolve throughout the year.)

Applicants should also attach two examples of their literary journalism. Applications must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5 pm on 1 July 2024 (AEDT). There is no application fee.

Who‍ were the Inglises?

Amirah Inglis (née Gutstadt) was a librarian, teacher, and carer for her family who wrote two pioneering studies of Papuan colonial history, the ground-breaking Australians in the Spanish Civil War, and two acclaimed volumes of autobiography. ‍Historian Ken Inglis is best remembered for The Stuart CaseThe Australian Colonists, two volumes on the history of the ABC, his monumental Sacred Places: War memorials in the Anzac landscape, Australians: A historical library, and his late work on the Dunera internees.

Familiarity with ABR

Applicants must demonstrate considerable familiarity with ABR – its style, its content, its direction. Visit our website to subscribe to print and/or digital. 

Selection process

The Fellow will be chosen by a panel including ABR Editor Peter Rose. We expect to name the Fellow within four weeks of closure. No correspondence will be entered into once the decision has been announced. ABR reserves the right not to award a Fellowship in a particular round.

How can I find out about past ABR Fellowships?

Information about the previous Fellowships is available here.

The ABR Inglis Fellowship is generously funded through donations.