Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship

The Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship was established by the Trust to honour one

of our founders and first Chair, the late Hon. Ian Wilson AM. The Fellowship is offered annually and supports an emerging author or illustrator with creative time and professional development.

‘How to Apply’ information, including eligibility and selection criteria, as well as FAQs, are available by clicking the links below. Once you are ready to apply, or if you have any questions, please contact our Fellowships Coordinator.

For information about previous Ian Wilson Memorial Fellows, see Rachel Gregg, Amelia Mellor and Georgina Chadderton on our alumni pages.


The late Hon. Ian Wilson AM was a Federal Government Minister holding portfolios for Aboriginal Affairs and also Home Affairs and the Environment. He loved his country and its landscape, devoted much energy to its people, and was an avid reader. Fostering high quality literature for Australian children and young people became a key commitment of his later life. In 1999 Ian and others established the May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust, the purpose of which was to aid the creation and development of Australian children's literature. Ian was Chairman of the Trust until his death in 2013.

The Trust's mission is to support the creativity and careers of contemporary Australian children's writers and illustrators by providing creative time residential fellowships. The Trust works in the name of May Gibbs but has no connection with her financial legacy and does not hold the copyright on any of her works.

Applications for 2023 Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowships will open in 2022. To be notified when applications open please CLICK HERE.