Lockie Fellowship

The Lockie Fellowship offers research support for writers undertaking an original creative or critical project which advances the study of literature within Australia.

Applications open

14 Aug 2023

Applications closed

30 Oct 2023

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $15,000

Applicable study areas

Language, literature and cultural studies

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 4

  • Dr Rachael Weaver
    "I was so pleased to receive a Lockie Fellowship to advance my current writing project, Bird + Life. It has helped me take my colonial research on Australia’s native birds in a more personal, reflective direction and to think about cultural relationships to species in new ways."
    - Dr Rachael Weaver
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be an established writer residing in Australia;
    • be engaged in an original creative and/or critical work. This can be a work in progress, a new work or a work which is near completion, with the work aiming to advance the study of literature in Australia; and,
    • have a publishing record (which can include books, chapters, articles or any other written works including online that are not self-published).

    Selection criteria

    Eligible applicants will be assessed on how their project will best advance literature within Australia, including the project's literary merit and the research intentions of the applicant.

    Preference may be given to proposals that foreground one of the following topics: the environment, the human and non-human, creativity, empathy, pandemic studies, science, race, migration, protest, and community.

  • Application process

    Eligible applicants must complete the online application form and upload the following documents:

    • a project statement including proposed work to be undertaken during the fellowship;
    • a project and publication timeline;
    • a writing sample (no more than 10 pages); and,
    • a Curriculum Vitae, including a current publication record (no more than 5 pages).
  • When will I know the outcome?

    Successful applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 6-8 weeks after the closing date.

  • About the donor

    Mary Anne Margaret Lockie

    Mary Anne Margaret Lockie included in a gift in her will to the University of Melbourne in 1949. Known as the Lockie Bequest, the gift was established in order to support the advancement of literature in Australia.

    The Lockie family were graziers from the Puralka and Strathdownie districts of Victoria and the South Australian border. Mary Anne Margaret Lockie lived in a house called ‘The Caves’ about two miles outside Mount Gambier. She walked into town a couple of times a week to buy groceries and to stock up on books from the library. On 28 April 1949, she collapsed and died suddenly in the town’s main street. A search of her house revealed two suitcases filled with silver coins. The estate turned out to be large, including unspecified investments and ‘a number of house properties in Mount Gambier and big amounts of cash’. Her gift in will left money to a local institute and made provisions to maintain the family grave. But by far the largest bequest was to the University of Melbourne, to be used ‘for the advancement of literature within Australia’.

    - Dr Rachael Weaver, 2022 Lockie Fellowship recipient.

What are the benefits?

  • a single payment of up to $15,000; and,
  • a 4 to 6 week fellowship including access to support and resources.


Successful applicants are required to:

  • accept the award online within 21 days;
  • provide a report 6 to 8 weeks after the fellowship, indicating how the fellowship assisted the development of the creative and/or critical work and supported their research;
  • provide a public engagement activity and/or dissemination of the research in consultation with the Fellow's mentor;
  • acknowledge the University of Melbourne  on the imprints page when the creative work is published; and,
  • acknowledge the Faculty of Arts and the name of the award in any promotional material or activity produced as a result of the award.


For any further enquiries: artsawards-info@unimelb.edu.au

The information listed here is subject to change without notice. Where we have listed information about jointly run scholarships programs, please also see our partners' websites. Information describing the number and value of scholarships awarded is indicative.