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Literature Grants

The Kate Challis RAKA Award

The Australian Centre

This award for Indigenous creative artists has been made available through the generosity of Professor Emeritus Bernard Smith, eminent art and cultural historian. The prize was established to honour the memory of his late wife, Kate Challis, who was known in her youth as Ruth Adeney (RAKA is an acronym for the Ruth Adeney Koori Award).

The approximately $20,000 award is offered in a five-year cycle with a different area of the arts – creative prose, drama, the visual arts, scriptwriting and poetry – being rewarded each year.  In 2015 the award will be offered to the best book of poems, already published and written in English. Read more

  • Closing: 1 July 2015
  • Categories: Indigenous, Literature, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The Peter Blazey Fellowship, 2016

The Australian Centre

The Fellowship is awarded annually to writers in the non-fiction fields of biography, autobiography and life writing and is intended to further a work in progress. Applications will be judged on literary merit, and the winner will be supported in his or her work by a prize of approximately $15 000, and a one-month writer-in-residency at the Australian Centre. Read more

  • Closing: 15 July 2015
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Dinny O'Hearn Memorial Fellowship

The Australian Centre

the DJ (Dinny) O'Hearn Memorial Fellowship is a biennial award that offers a residency at the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne, to emergent Australian writers. and is awarded to a writer of fiction, poetry or drama. The Fellowship has a current value of approximately $5000. Read more

  • Closing: 15 July 2015
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

The CH Currey Memorial Fellowship

State Library of NSW

This fellowship supports the writing of Australian history from original sources, particularly from the collections of the State Library of NSW. Read more

  • Closing: 21 September 2015
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

The Nancy Keesing Fellowship

State Library of NSW

The Fellowship supports research into aspects of Australian life and culture using the resources of the State Library of NSW. Read more

  • Closing: 21 September 2015
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

The Australian Religious History Fellowship

State Library of NSW

The specific focus of the Australian Religious History Fellowship is for the study and research of any aspect of Australian religious history of any faith. The successful Fellow will be based at the State Library of NSW, and is expected to be based there, although it is understood that it may be necessary to also work within other institutions and archives, and use resources outside the Library. Read more

  • Closing: 21 September 2015
  • Categories: Literature

Cultural Fund - Career Development

Copyright Agency

Creative Industries Career Fund – up to $5,000 support for individuals working in the publishing and visual arts sectors to develop skills and enhance their careers. There are four closing rounds in 2015: 13 February, 8 May, 14 August and 20 November. Read more

  • Closing: 20 November 2015
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

New Play Development

Playwriting Australia

Playwriting Australia invite submissions of unproduced drafts at any stage of their development with a view to providing a crucial and timely investment in the work. They strongly encourage applications from playwrights from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous and CALD writers, as well as those based in regional areas. Read more

  • Closing: 22 January 2016
  • Categories: Literature, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

pwa lab

Playwriting Australia

Playwrights have an essential role to play in all kinds of performance. The PWA Lab is a week-long workshop opportunity encouraging artists to examine the possibilities of including playwrights in innovative processes, aiming to bring the unique skills of a writer to an ever-widening theatre-making practice.

What are PWA offering?

  • Up to one week access to a rehearsal studio
  • Dramaturgical support from PWA’s Artistic Director and/or Associate Artist
  • Weekly wage at MEAA standard rate for the creative team including performers
  • Travels costs including accommodation, airfares, airport transfers and per diems
  • Technical equipment hire (within agreed budget)
  • Administrative and project management support

PWA Lab Dates:  
August/September 2016
Exact dates to be confirmed with selected participants

Location
To be confirmed with selected participants Read more

  • Closing: 24 March 2016
  • Categories: Literature, Performing Arts, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Access for Regional Writers Grant (Round 1)

NSW Writers' Centre

Writing NSW Access for Regional Writers Grants are awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to help writers in regional NSW access professional development. Regional writers in any genre may apply for a travel grant of $300 to help them participate in an approved professional development event such as a workshop or seminar designed to further their writing or career skills.

This year there will be an additional $300 travel grant to help an Indigenous writer from regional NSW to access professional development. Read more

  • Closing: 5 June 2016
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Early Career Writer Grants

Writing NSW

Early Career Writer Grants are awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to assist early career creative writers in any genre who are resident in NSW. The aim of the grants is to foster a vibrant, diverse and innovative writing culture in the state.

Applicants must be early career writers who have had no more than two full-length works professionally published or performed and must not have previously received a grant of $5,000 or more for their writing from either State, Territory or Federal governments or their agencies. At least one grant will be awarded to a writer from regional NSW. Read more

  • Closing: 28 August 2016
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Emerging Writing Organisation Grants

Writing NSW

Emerging Writing Organisation Grants are awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to support emerging writing organisations, groups and collectives across the state. The aim of the grants is to foster a vibrant, diverse and innovative writing culture in the state.

Emerging organisations must have started operating no earlier than 1 January 2014 and successfully delivered at least one activity to support writers and writing culture. They must not have previously received a grant of $5,000 or more from State, Territory or Federal governments or their agencies. At least one grant will be awarded to an organisation based in regional NSW or Western Sydney. Read more

  • Closing: 28 August 2016
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Organisations

Emerging Writing Organisation Grant

NSW Writers' Centre

Emerging Writing Organisation Grants are awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to support emerging writing organisations, groups and collectives across the state. The aim of the grants is to foster a vibrant, diverse and innovative writing culture in the state.

Funding may be used to assist emerging organisations, groups or collectives to deliver projects such as, for example: events or other writing-related activities, development of digital or other platforms for writing, new forms of support or audience development for writers, collaborative writing-related projects. Read more

  • Closing: 30 September 2016
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Organisations

Writer & Technologist Grant

NSW Writers' Centre

The Writer & Technologist Grant is awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to foster connections between writing and technology. The grant supports a NSW-based writer and technologist wishing to work together on a joint writing related project that helps to foster a vibrant, diverse and innovative writing culture in NSW.

The writer and technologist must apply jointly for the grant of $2000 ($1000 each). Technologists may work in any field of technology, including medicine, mathematics, science, engineering or IT. Writers may work in any genre and be at any stage of their writing career. Read more

  • Closing: 30 September 2016
  • Categories: Literature, Technology
  • Open To: Individuals

Access for Regional Writers Grant (Round 2)

NSW Writers' Centre

Writing NSW Access for Regional Writers Grants are awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to help writers in regional NSW access professional development. Regional writers in any genre may apply for a travel grant of $300 to help them participate in an approved professional development event such as a workshop or seminar designed to further their writing or career skills.

This year there will be an additional $300 travel grant to help an Indigenous writer from regional NSW to access professional development. Read more

  • Closing: 4 December 2016
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Charles Perkins Centre - Writer in Residence Fellowship 2017

University of Sydney

Applications are now open for the $100,000 Charles Perkins Centre Writer in Residence Fellowship. The Fellowship will support an established Australian writer to create new work within Australia’s leading interdisciplinary centre dedicated to easing the global burden of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions through innovative research and teaching.

The Fellowship will be for one year (2017-18), and will include:

  • a grant of AUD $100,000
  • an Honorary Appointment at the University of Sydney
  • a base in the Charles Perkins Centre Research and Education Hub
  • full library access, and
  • the opportunity to meet and work with a diverse range of researchers, educators and clinicians at the Charles Perkins Centre.

The Charles Perkins Centre Writer in Residence Fellowship 2017 has been made possible thanks to the generosity of its inaugural Patron, Judy Harris.

Applications are open until 5pm, Friday 10 February 2017: Apply now.

View the Writer in Residence 2017 Fellowship Guidelines. Read more

  • Closing: 10 February 2017
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Ignite Career Fund

Copyright Agency

The Ignite Career Fund supports individuals working in the publishing and visual art sectors to develop skills and progress their careers.

Overview
Individual grants of up to $5,000 are offered to successful applicants, with two rounds held each year. A total of $25,000 is available each round.

Opportunities typically supported include:

  • structured mentorships
  • residencies with structured mentorship or structured learning opportunities
  • participation in professional workshops, courses and conferences relevant to an applicant’s practice and career development
  • specific training in technical areas directly relevant to an applicant’s creative professional practice within publishing or visual art sectors.

Applications typically supported include those that demonstrate:

  • appropriate skills development for an applicant’s particular career stage and practice
  • activities that are not supported by government funding bodies
  • the applicant is making in-kind contributions to the opportunity
  • an appropriate level of benefit to the industry – e.g. sharing knowledge

Applications close: 16 March 2017.
Contact: 02 9394 7600 or careerfund@copyright.com.au
More information and application details Read more

  • Closing: 9 March 2017
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The Marten Bequest

Australia Council for the Arts

Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest are administered by the Australia Council on behalf of Perpetual as trustee. The scholarships provide financial support in a number of disciplines to help talented Australian artists achieve their dreams.

John Chisholm Marten (1908 – 1966) was born in Kent, England and moved to Australia at a young age, residing in Sydney for his adult life. John Marten was a theatrical artist and well known for his appreciation and support of the arts community.

John was actively involved in many different art forms, he was trained in Spanish dancing and served in the merchant navy during the war. John also co-authored The Bali Ballet Murders with Cornelius Conyn which was published in Australia, London and also translated into Dutch and published in the Netherlands. (This novel can be found at the Mitchell Library A823/C768/IAI)

A strong advocate for the artistic capabilities of young Australians, he understood the costs involved in study and training programs.  In light of this, Marten established through a charitable trust, The Marten Bequest.

Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest offer talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either overseas or interstate.

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 10 April 2017
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

National Library of Australia Fellowships

National Library of Australia

National Library of Australia Fellowships for advanced research by scholars opens February, closes 30 April 2017.

Eight funded Fellowships are available for 2018, including two exciting new Fellowships: one for Curatorial Research supported by the Patrons and Supporters of the Libary’s Treasures Gallery Access program, and a Fellowship supported by the Minerals Council of Australia for research across a wide range of fields.

The eight Fellowships available are:

  • National Library of Australia Fellowship supported by Deidre McCann and Kevin McCann AM and the Macquarie Group Foundation.
  • National Library of Australia Fellowship supported by Ryan Stokes
  • National Library of Australia Fellowship supported by past and present members of the National Library Council
  • National Library of Australia Fellowship supported by Library Patrons and Supporters
  • National Library of Australia Fellowship supported by the Minerals Council of Australia
  • National Library of Australia Fellowship in Japan Studies, supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust
  • National Library of Australia Fellowship for Research in Australian Literature, supported by the Eva Kollsman and Ray Mathew Trust
  • National Library of Australia Fellowship for Curatorial Research, supported by the Patrons and Supporters of the Library’s Treasures Gallery Access Program

Additional Honorary Fellowships may be awarded to support research and special access, but without financial support.

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 April 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Ian Potter Cultural Trust Emerging Artists Grants

Ian Potter Foundation

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust aims to support and nurture a vibrant, diverse arts sector in Australia, and encourage the pursuit of excellence. Individual artists are the essential ‘building blocks’ of the sector, so the Trust’s grants work to reward commitment and passion, and support our most talented artists to develop their skills and achieve their potential.

The Trust offers grants of up to $7,000 to assist early career artists of exceptional talent to undertake professional development, usually overseas. International professional development opportunities allow emerging or early-career artists to gain experience, develop networks and learn skills from the world’s best. We believe these experiences are invaluable for the individual artists and for the ongoing development sector as a whole.

The Cultural Trust funds nationally, and across the Arts sector spanning traditional art forms right through to experimental mediums. We seek to support artists in a wide range of practice areas including:

  • visual arts
  • performing arts
  • dance
  • music
  • literature
  • design
  • multimedia/moving image and,
  • conservation/moveable cultural heritage.

The Cultural Trust has three funding rounds a year. Applications can be submitted in any round.

  1. Nov-Jan
  2. March – May
  3. July – Sept

Please check The Ian Potter Cultural Trust website for specific dates as these vary from year to year. Read more

  • Closing: 23 May 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Dance, Disability, Heritage / Museums, Indigenous, Literature, Multicultural, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

MPavilion/ Art Monthly Australasia Writing Award

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

Australian writers are invited to submit a proposal for an essay exploring one or more aspects of the relationship between art and design today. The winning writer will receive $3,000 to develop their submission for an essay to be published in an issue of Art Monthly Australia. The winning writer will also be invited as a guest of MPavilion to present their essay as part of the official 2017/18 season of MPavilion in Melbourne. Read more

  • Closing: 1 July 2017
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

MPavilion/ Art Monthly Australasia Writing Award

MPavilion/ Art Monthly Australasia

MPavilion’s unique annual architecture commission and design event for Melbourne is partnering with Australia’s art magazine of record, Art Monthly Australasia, to present an innovative writing award to explore the flourishing field of interdisciplinary practice within art and design. Read more

  • Closing: 1 July 2017
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Creative Fellowships

National Library of Australia

The National Library offers three Fellowships to support practising writers and artists to develop new work creatively using or inspired by the Library’s collections.

Applications open for applications for the 2018 Creative Fellowships on April 13, 2017 and close July 28.

The Library provides creative artists with a unique and supportive environment in which to immerse themselves in the collections. The Fellowship enables artists to be inspired by, repurpose, transform or imaginatively respond to published sources, such as music, maps, rare books or ephemera, or original sources, such as pictures, manuscripts, oral histories and folklore recordings, in any way.

  • The Friends of the National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship is open to creative practitioners and artists, working professionally in any art form, to create new artistic work that is inspired by or using particular collections. Artists may be working in such fields as music, dance, theatre, visual arts, emerging, hybrid and experimental art forms.
  • The National Folk Fellowship, offered in partnership with the National Folk Festival, supports folk musicians, singers, dancers, poets, performance artists, or collector-performers to develop a project based on the Library’s original folklore and related collections, with a performance at the following National Folk Festival.

Read more

  • Closing: 28 July 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Asian Studies Grants

National Library of Australia

Applications for 2017 Japan Study Grants closed on 30 September 2016. Applications for 2018 will open in July 2017.

The National Library of Australia offers annual Japan Study Grants to support scholars undertaking research on Japan and requiring special access to the Library’s Japanese or Japan related collections. These scholarships are made possible thanks to Harold S. Williams Trust Fund.

Preference for Japan Study Grants will be given to those with a demonstrated need to access the Library’s Japanese language collections and who do not have ready access to Japanese language collections in their own region or institution.

The scholarships are tenable for a period of up to four weeks in the following calendar year. Scholars have privileged access to the Library’s materials and facilities, as well as sustained interaction with many of its staff.

For more information view the website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 September 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Summer Scholarships

National Library of Australia

Applications for 2017 Summer Scholarships closed on 30 September 2016. Applications for the following year will re-open in July 2017.

The National Library of Australia offers annual summer scholarships to support younger scholars undertaking postgraduate research requiring special access to the Library’s collections. These scholarships are made possible through the generosity of the family of the late Norman McCann (a former National Library Council Member), and of John and Heather Seymour.

Preference for Norman McCann Scholarships will be given to those working in the disciplines of Australian history, Australian literature, librarianship, archives administration or museum studies. Preference for Seymour Scholarships will be for those undertaking biographical research.

The scholarships are tenable for a period of six weeks commencing in the second week of January each year. Scholars have privileged access to the Library’s materials and facilities, as well as sustained interaction with many of its staff.

For more information visit the website here. Read more

  • Closing: 30 September 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals