Peter Blazey Fellowship

This fellowship, worth up to $15,000, is awarded annually to writers in the non-fiction fields of biography, autobiography and life writing to further a work in progress. The winner will be supported in their work by a prize and a one-month residency at the Australia Centre.

Applications open

15 Jun 2020

Applications closed

24 Aug 2020

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 need to:

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

    The recipient is required to:

    • Accept award online within 14 days
    • Attend the award announcement
    • The statement 'This manuscript won the University of Melbourne’s 2021 Peter Blazey Fellowship' must be included on the imprints page when published
    • Provide the Peter Blazey Committee with three copies of the final work when published

    Selection criteria

    Selection will be made on the basis of literary merit.

    The decision of the Judging Committee is final.

  • Application process

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

    • Synopsis (no more than one page) of the project and proposed work to be undertaken during the Fellowship
    • An extract of approximately 5000 words of unpublished material. Text should be spaced at one-and-a-half lines
    • A resume (no more than two pages), including a list of publications
    • Copy of proof of Australian citizenship or residency such as a passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate
  • 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 which must not be used to provide a publishing subsidy
  • A one-month residency at the Australian Centre, including access to office space and facilities but not accommodation


The Faculty of Arts will continue the application and awarding process for scholarships in 2020. Travel scholarship recipients will be granted extended travel dates. Find out how the University is responding to the COVID-19 situation.


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