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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

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:  
Exact dates to be confirmed with selected participants

Location
To be confirmed with selected participants Read more

  • Closing: 27 February 2017
  • Categories: Literature, Performing Arts, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

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

Young Regional Artist Scholarship

Create NSW

The NSW Government is offering a total of 25 scholarships for young regional artists and cultural workers to undertake exciting and career-making professional development opportunities.

Scholarships are open to artists, performers and arts and cultural workers from all art forms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen, curatorial and the visual arts.

The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.

Applications open: 24 April 2017*
Applications close: 19 June 2017 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

*Please note there will be two funding rounds for this category in 2017.

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists and arts/cultural workers based in regional NSW.

Funding range 

Scholarships are valued at $10,000. Please do not request more or less than this amount in your application.

Your Application

Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.

Please note: to apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system.

As soon as you begin an application, Arts NSW will be in touch to provide information to help you plan your scholarship program and complete your application.

Arts NSW is committed to supporting applicants with disability. Information can be provided in alternative formats upon request (i.e. large print or electronic). If you require assistance with your application please contact Arts NSW on the details provided below.

Contact Us

Lachlan Herd, Sector Investment via phone (02) 9995 0646 and email: lachlan.herd@arts.nsw.gov.au

To make a National Relay Service call: 

  • TTY users phone 133677 then ask for (02) 9995 0646
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for (02) 9995 0646.

Useful Resources

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  • Closing: 19 June 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Dance, Disability, Indigenous, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, 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: TBA
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

New Play Development

Playwriting Australia

Playwriting Australia is dedicated to working with writers at all levels of their career, offering them time, space and creative expertise to explore and refine their new plays. Whether with a cast of actors in a full workshop setting or one-on-one with a dramaturg, our script development models focus on exploration and creative dialogue between artists, away from the pressures of performance outcomes.
 
If you’ve submitted your work to Playwriting Australia before, please read carefully as we’ve made some changes to our script development program.
 
We now offer a more tailored approach to the way we support new plays by offering three different development programs:
 

  • LONGFORM: six months of individual sessions with a PWA dramaturg

  • RAPID FIRE: a day-long workshop with actors and creatives
  • NATIONAL SCRIPT WORKSHOP: an intensive development workshop of one or two weeks
     
    Read the full guidelines for more information about submissions and our selection process. Please note that this submission date within the guidelines is incorrect, the correct dates are below.

    Read more

    • Closing: 24 July 2017
    • Categories: Literature, Theatre
    • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

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

Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing

National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing, specifically aims to support writers wishing to develop their creative ideas by immersing themselves in an aspect of the National Library of Australia’s collections. Read more

  • Closing: 30 July 2017
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

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 NSW.

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 $5000 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, provided an application is received that meets all of the grant criteria.

For more information visit the Writing NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 July 2017
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Organisations

Writing NSW Early Career Writer Grants

NSW Writers' Centre

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.

Funding available: up to 4 grants of $5000 each (plus GST)

Opening date: 3 July 2017
Closing date: 30 July 2017
For project period: 1 February 2018 to 31 December 2018

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 $5000 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, provided an application is received that meets all of the grant criteria.

Activities to be funded by the grant may include:

  • Creation, production or publication of new work
  • Professional development or mentoring
  • Cultural exchanges or other travel that will assist in the production or presentation of new work
  • Audience development activities conducted by the writer (but not for payment of marketing professionals)

Access costs for regional writers or for writers with disability may be included in the proposal. Read more

  • Closing: 30 July 2017
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Varuna Residential Fellowship

Varuna the National Writers House

Varuna the National Writers House invites writers and illustrators from across Australia to apply for a Varuna Residential Fellowship.
 
A Varuna Residential Fellowship offers writers and illustrators working across a wide range of literary genres and forms the gift of uninterrupted time and to develop a new work in an inspiring environment and a collegial atmosphere.
 
Fellowships include full board and accommodation including a private writing studio at Varuna the National Writers House in the world heritage Blue Mountains region of NSW.
 
Varuna assesses applications on merit and clarity of work plan and encourages writers from diverse backgrounds and at all stages of their career development to apply.
 
Varuna will award thirty Fellowships in 2017 with residencies of two or three weeks available to be taken between January and end of May 2018.
 
For full details of the program and to apply, please visit www.varuna.com.au email: varuna@varuna.com.au or phone: (02) 4782 5674 Read more

  • Closing: 30 July 2017
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Writing NSW Writer & Scientist Grant

NSW Writers' Centre

The Writer & Scientist Grant is awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to foster connections between writing and the STEM sector (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The grant supports a NSW-based writer and scientist or 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 scientist must apply jointly for the grant of $2000 ($1000 each). Scientists may work in any field of science or technology, including medicine, mathematics, science, engineering or IT. Writers may work in any genre and be at any stage of their writing career.

For more information visit the Writing NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 July 2017
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Visiting Fellowship in Creative Arts at Indiana University

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney invites applications for the above-named fellowship. The successful applicant would spend her/his time at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana during the period January-May 2018. The fellowship will be an award of US$10,000. In addition, the fellow will receive support from Indiana University in the form of housing and an office. Read more

  • Closing: 31 July 2017
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Theatre, Visual Arts

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 2017
  • 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 2017
  • 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 2017
  • Categories: Literature
  • 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

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

The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award

Playwriting Australia

The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award was created; ‘To promote interest in Australian drama and to encourage the writing of plays in Australia, to help and give incentive to young writers of plays’.
 
Malcolm ‘Max’ Afford was an Australian playwright and novelist. This award has been established in his honour, for a young playwright to further their education in the field of drama and to improve the general public appreciation of Australian drama and playwrights. Offered by Perpetual and administered by Playwriting Australia, the award included a $15,000 cash prize and a creative development with director, dramaturg and cast of actors for the chosen play.
 
Submissions close 19 November 11.59pm EST
 
For more information visit the website.
Read more

  • Closing: 19 November 2017
  • Categories: Literature, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals

Access for Regional Writers Grants

NSW Writers' Centre

The NSW Writers’ Centre is delighted to announce that applications for the Writing NSW Access for Regional Writers Grants will open on 5 June 2017 forprojects taking place between 1 July 2017 and 31 December 2017.

The 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 a professional development event at an approved not-for-profit organisation. Professional development events can include workshops or seminars designed to further their writing or
career skills.

Applications are open from 5 June to 18 June 2017 (for projects taking place between 1 July and 31 December 2017)

Our 2016 grant recipients included writers from areas such as Lismore, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga, Mudgee and Dubbo.

They used their travel funds to attend professional development activities at Write Around the Murray Festival, Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival, New England Writers’ Centre, Hunter Writers Centre and the NSW Writers’ Centre.

These grants are offered by the NSW Writers’ Centre with devolved funding from
Create NSW. Read more

  • Closing: 3 December 2017
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

ABC Regional Storyteller Scholarship

ABC Regional

The ABC is launching a new scholarship to develop regional writers and content makers in the disability community.
 
The ABC Regional Storyteller Scholarship, which is valued at more than $20,000, is designed to give regional Australians with disability the opportunity to enhance their storytelling skills and experience.
 
The recipient will work with ABC Regional for three months where they will develop their content idea or project. The scholarship is a bespoke ABC experience that will be tailored to the recipient’s content project, professional goals, and skills.
 
To enter, applicants must email a cover letter that introduces themselves, explains the project they would like to work with the ABC on, and provide examples of their work. Applicants can also post or deliver their entry to their local ABC office.
 
To be eligible to apply, applicants must:
 

  • Be an emerging factual content maker

  • Live in a regional, rural or remote part of Australia
  • Have a lived experience of disability
  • Have an idea for a content project that they would like to work with the ABC on.

 
For more information on the scholarship or to apply, visit the ABC Careers website. Applications close on 18 February 2018. Read more

  • Closing: 18 February 2018
  • Categories: Literature