Visiting Fellowship in Creative Arts at Indiana University


Indiana University

The US 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.

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 offered annually and 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.

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 will travel 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 will also expand on her 2013 chapbook Realia, with an eye to publishing her third full-length book of poetry in 2016. She said she is 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.”

Further information

For further information about the Fellowship please contact Amelia Trial,


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