Current Fellowships

The Australian Book Review Indigenous Fellowship

Australian Book Review is delighted to announce the ABR Indigenous Fellowship, worth a total of $10,000. This Fellowship – generously funded by the ABR Patrons – aims to help develop and promote vibrant new non-fiction journalism by an emerging or established Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writer. The selected Fellow will be provided $10,000 to assist the Fellow develop three non-fiction articles to be published in print and online with ABR over the course of twelve monthsThe ABR Indigenous Fellowship will be judged by a panel comprising two-times winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, Noongar author Kim Scott; Director of the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre and Guest Editor of the August Indigenous issue, Professor Lynette Russell; and ABR Editor, Peter Rose.

ABR welcomes proposals from emerging or established Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writers, journalists, commentators, scholars, activists, and creative writers. 

To apply: Applications must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midnight on 1 October 2019. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposals with the Editor before submission. Contact him on (03) 9699 8822 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Australian Book Review Behrouz Boochani Fellowship

BB circleBehrouz Boochani (photograph by Michael Green)Australian Book Review is pleased to offer the ABR Behrouz Boochani Fellowship. Worth a total of $10,000, this will be a highlight of ABR’s publishing year. This Fellowship – generously funded by Peter McMullin, a Melbourne lawyer, philanthropist, businessman, and Chairman of McMullin Group – is presented in association with the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness at the University of Melbourne. This Fellowship honours the artistry, courage and moral leadership of Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian-Kurdish poet, journalist, memoirist, film producer and human rights activist. The chosen Fellow will make a broad contribution to the magazine over the course of twelve months, with a series of three substantial articles on any aspect of refugees, statelessness or human rights.

Applications for the ABR Behrouz Boochani Fellowship have now closed. See the relevant page for full Application Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions.


2019 ABR Patrons' Fellowship

Plunkett circleWe have much pleasure in naming Felicity Plunkett as the recipient of the 2019 ABR Patrons’ Fellowship worth $10,000. Felicity has been a frequent contributor to the magazine since 2010 and was a past Fellow (2015). A poet, critic, teacher, and editor, Felicity was chosen from a large field and will contribute several articles to ABR over the course of the year.