The fellowship will be awarded to a scholar or writer to produce work that is based around the Joyce Thorpe Nicholson collection that incorporates her main areas of belief and work, particularly women’s issues and Australian publishing.
It is a $10,000 fellowship with applications closing 6 June 2017.
The daughter of publisher DW Thorpe, Joyce Thorpe Nicholson was born in Melbourne and educated at Methodist Ladies College and the University of Melbourne. She was active in the women’s movement and the Australian publishing industry for many years, and authored over 25 books, many of them dealing with women’s issues. Joyce Thorpe Nicholson was a co-founder of Sisters Publishing in 1979, set up to publish women writers as an alternative to mainstream publishers. She generously donated her major collection of nearly 2000 books by and about Australian women to Special Collections at the University of Melbourne. It includes rare nineteenth-century material, as well as scarce twentieth-century political ephemera.