Peter Blazey Fellowship

This fellowship is awarded annually to further a work in progress for those writers in the non-fiction fields of biography, autobiography and life writing.

Applications open

8 May 2023

Applications closed

7 Aug 2023

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $15,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Julia Leigh
    "I'm incredibly grateful to receive this fellowship named in honour of the remarkable Peter Blazey. My great thanks to Tim Herbert and Clive Blazey for their generous championing of our literary culture. I look forward to spending time at the Australian Centre."
    - Julia Leigh
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be a writer engaged in a work in progress in the non-fiction fields of autobiography, biography or life writing;
    • be residing in Australia;
    • have a publishing record which can include books, chapters, articles or any other written works including online that are not self-published; and,
    • not be using the manuscript as part of a submission for a higher degree.

    Selection criteria

    Selection will be made on the basis of literary merit.

    The decision of the selection committee is final.

  • Application process

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

    • a one-page synopsis of the project and proposed work to be undertaken during the Fellowship;
    • an extract of approximately 5,000 words of unpublished material. The text should be spaced at one-and-a-half lines;
    • a two-page resume, including a list of publications; and,
    • proof of an Australian address.
  • When will I know the outcome?

    The winner will be invited to participate in an online announcement.

  • About the donor

    Clive Blazey and Tim Herbert

    The Peter Blazey Fellowship was established to honour the memory of Peter Blazey, journalist, author and gay activist.  It has been made available through the generosity of Clive Blazey and Tim Herbert, brother and partner of Peter Blazey.

    Blazey was born in Melbourne in 1939 and worked for The Australian, the National Times and as a regular columnist for OutRage magazine. He published a number of books, including a political biography of Henry Bolte, and was co-editor of the short fiction anthology, Love Cries. His personal memoir, Screw Loose, appeared after his death from AIDS in 1997.

    "Peter was someone with a lion's head of loose ends that could never fit into some ideologically sound and tidy space. Storyteller, mythomane, and one of the last great conversationalists in a country wary of the free flow of uncensored language, he was a comet who flashed his tail at everyone."
    – Tim Herbert, OutRage, 1997

    The Peter Blazey Fellowship was launched by the Hon. Justice Michael Kirby in May 2004.

What are the benefits?

  • A single payment of up to $15,000.
  • Access to support and facilities from the Faculty of Arts.

The recipient is required to:

  • accept award online within 14 days;
  • use the statement 'This manuscript won the University of Melbourne’s 2024 Peter Blazey Fellowship' included on the imprints page when published; and,
  • alert the Awards team in the Faculty of Arts when the final work is published.

Read about the 2023 Peter Blazey Fellow recipient here and see a full list of Fellowship recipients here.


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