Dinny O'Hearn Fellowships

This fellowship, awarded not less frequently than once every three years, offers up to $5000 with a residency at the University of Melbourne, to a young Australian writer of fiction, poetry or drama.

Application dates

Applications are currently closed

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $5,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Eda Gunaydin
    "This scholarship will provide me with vital financial relief while I work on completing my short story collection, as well as the opportunity to spend some time in Melbourne, which should enable me to conduct research highly pertinent to the manuscript. I sincerely appreciate the generosity of this fellowship and hope it can propel me to finally accomplishing this goal in the very near future."
    - Eda Gunaydin
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be an Australian writer of fiction, poetry or drama and aged no more than 25 at the start of the fellowship


    Recipients are required to:

    • Accept award online within 21 days
    • Submit a final report
    • Attend the award announcement
    • Acknowledgement of the Dinny O’Hearn Fellowship must be included in the work when published
    • One copy of the final work must be provided to the Australian Centre when published
  • Application process

    Submit your application online with the following supporting documents:

    • Full statement of the proposed work to be undertaken during the fellowship
    • Sample of writing from the current project (up to 20 pages)
    • Resume and list of publications (up to five pages)
    • Copy of proof of Australian citizenship (passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate)

    We cannot accept applications longer than stipulated, or any additional accompanying material.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Successful applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 6-8 weeks after the closing date. It will then be announced at the Faculty of Arts Literary Awards at the Melbourne Writers Festival in August. Unsuccessful entrants will be notified after the awards event.

  • Variations of this scholarship

    The fellowship was last awarded in 2018.

  • About the donor

    Dinny O'Hearn Memorial Fellowship

    Dinny O'Hearn was born on 14 March 1937, he matriculated from Christian Brothers School in 1953 and spent 6 years training to be a Christian Brother. He later completed his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts at the University of Melbourne. O'Hearn's initial appointment at the University of Melbourne was as an English Tutor, he then became the sub-dean of the Faculty of Arts for many years. Dinny was the founding executive officer of the Australian Centre which was opened in January 1989. He was a prolific writer and essayist and his work has been published in Overland, Scripsi and Meanjin. He died in 1993 at 56. Subsequently a D J O'Hearn Memorial Fellowship Fund was established by Friends and colleagues of J.D. (Dinny) O’Hearn for emerging Australian writers.

What are the benefits?

$5000 and a residency at the University of Melbourne


Email artsprizes-info@unimelb.edu.au


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