Peter Blazey Fellowship

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Key scholarship details

Application status

Open for applications

Applications open

13 May 2024

Applications close

12 Aug 2024

Benefit amount

Up to $17,000

Benefit duration



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.


This fellowship provides a one-off payment of up to $17,000 and access to support and facilities from the Faculty of Arts.


Up to $17,000





Eligibility and selection criteria


To be considered for this fellowship, 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 recipient is required to:

  • accept award online within 14 days
  • use the statement 'This manuscript won the University of Melbourne’s 2025 Peter Blazey Fellowship' included on the imprints page when published
  • alert the Awards team in the Faculty of Arts when the final work is published

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How to apply

You must complete the online application form and include 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  • an extract of approximately 5,000 words of unpublished material of the work in progress
  • a two-page resume, including a list of publications
  • proof of an Australian residential address

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When will I know the outcome?

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

Submit an application


Open for applications

Applications open:

13 May 2024

Applications close:

12 Aug 2024

image of recipient Julia Leigh

Recipient feedback

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

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