Applications are now open for the 2023/2024 University of South Australia, SIDA Foundation and The David Roche Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowship

The University of South Australia announces its 2023 Society of Interior Designers of Australia (SIDA) Foundation and The David Roche Foundation (TDRF) Research Fellowship. Open to researchers and practitioners across all disciplines, the 2023 Fellowship invites applications (individual or group) that seek to shape the future of design and creative arts research.

Fellowship purpose and project overview

UniSA and TDRF welcome fellowship project proposals that engage with TDRF collection and vision, reflect the legacy of the SIDA Foundation, and make use of UniSA Creative resources research expertise. Projects may come from any discipline, including but not limited to design, art, craft, material culture, or other fields within the humanities and creative arts. Proposed engagement could include traditional scholarship; design, art, craft or curatorial activities resulting in exhibition; public talks and workshops; or other activities leading to publications and/or creative works. Collaboration with UniSA Creative researchers is encouraged.

Fellowship funding

A stipend of $25,000 will be provided to undertake the research, paid in three instalments. The proposed project should begin no later than 30 June 2023, with all project costs and deliverables completed by the end of 2024.

Who can apply

The Research Fellow will be appointed through competitive application. Applications are open to practitioners or researchers from all levels of experience and career. Applications that develop collaborations with UniSA Creative researchers and propose co-produced outcomes will be considered favourably. UniSA welcomes both national and international applications; estimated travel costs should be included in the anticipated budget.

Application requirements 

Please forward an application including the following: 

  • Project description addressing conceptual premise and relevance of the project to the Fellowship aims (500 words)
  • Proposed activities, including methods and timeline (350 words)
  • Anticipated costs (please provide a budget)
  • Proposed outcomes, including publications and/or creative works (350 words)
  • Short CV of research and/or practice, including exhibitions, publications and projects produced in the last five years
  • Names and telephone and email contact details of two referees familiar with your research/professional practice and/or letters or emails of support as appropriate
  • Portfolio (optional)

Selection requirements 

The following selection criteria will be considered when assessing Fellowship proposals. Please note that while not a requirement, collaboration with UniSA Creative researchers is encouraged. 

  • Project vision, innovation and rationale
  • Capacity to deliver the project outcome(s) within the budget and proposed timeframe
  • Significance of the project outcomes to the applicant’s disciplinary field


Applications close 30th January 2023, 5.00pm ACDT.
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Image credit: Doppelgänger and Zombies (2022) Rochus Urban Hinkel, 2020 Fellow. Photo by Sam Roberts.