Visiting Fellowship in Creative Arts at Indiana University

The United States Studies Centre's Visiting Fellowship in Creative Arts at Indiana University allows the successful applicant to spend four months at Indiana University Bloomington. The fellowship is an award of US$10,000 as well as support from Indiana University in the form of housing and an office.

Maxwell Hall, Indiana University
Maxwell Hall, Indiana University

This fellowship is intended to support persons working in the creative arts, including (but not necessarily limited to) music, fine arts, film, theatre, design, creative writing, or literature. Preference is given to those applicants who are not only accomplished scholars but who are also accomplished practitioners in their chosen field. The fellowship aims to support substantial progress toward the completion of a significant artistic project.

The fellowship is made possible through the generosity of Ambassador Michael and Mrs Deborah Thawley. Michael Thawley was a founding member of the US Studies Centre Board and was Australian Ambassador to the United States from 2000 to 2005. Ambassador Thawley has a longstanding relationship with Indiana University and was awarded the university’s prestigious Thomas Hart Benton Medallion in 2002 for his distinguished public service.

We are not currently accepting new applications until further notice. 

2018 Visiting Fellow

Sophie Cunningham has been announced as this 2018 recipient of the Fellowship. She will travel to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in early 2018. Cunningham applied for the fellowship so she could access the archives relating to the Bloomsbury Group held by the Lilly Library, as she works towards the final draft of her novel, This Devastating Fever. The book is based on specific periods in the life of Leonard Woolf. These include 1904–1911, when he was an administrator in Ceylon, 1911–1915, the years of his courtship of, and marriage to, Virginia Woolf and 1934–1942, which takes in the build-up to WW2 and ends with Virginia’s death.

An esteemed selection panel was assembled to evaluate applications, including Richard Evans, Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra; Rachel Kent, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art; Mary Darwell, former director of ArtsNSW; Kate Lilley, an associate professor of English and former recipient of the fellowship; and Edward Comentale, Assistant Provost of Arts at IU.

2015 Visiting Fellow

Associate professor Kate Lilley, director of creative writing at the University of Sydney’s Department of English, was awarded the inaugural US Studies Centre–Indiana University Creative Arts Fellowship.

Besting a strong field of candidates from around the country, Lilley travelled to Indiana University to work creatively and critically with the archive of Mary Ellen Solt, whom she describes as “an important and critically neglected figure”, and the rich collections of both the Kinsey Institute and the Lilly Library.

Lilley also hoped to expand on her 2013 chapbook Realia, with an eye to publishing her third full-length book of poetry in 2016. She said she was excited to explore the full range of the Indiana University archives. “The strong early modern literary holdings at Indiana are of especially great interest to me,” she said. “I know what some of my starting points will be but not where they will lead me.”