The National Regional Arts Fellowship program is supported by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund.

The Fellowships Program is an investment in the development of artistic and creative practice. The program is contemporary, flexible and relevant to artists practicing, working and living in regional, rural and remote Australia. It is designed as an applicant-led approach, addressing the needs of the individual in that time and place; offering a guaranteed income (for a short period) for an artist/ practitioner to develop their work, skills and networks or research.

The fellowships value best practice, build connection, generate exchange and strengthen that national network of regional artists and communities.

In 2022 six Fellowships are on offer:

Type of Fellowship Amount available Number available
Creative and Professional Development $20,000 4
First Timer – Creative or Professional Development $10,000 2



The Program objectives are to:

  • Elevate and build the practice of artists and arts workers across regional and remote Australia,
  • Raise the profile of artists and arts workers across a range of artforms, stages of career, duration and geographies,
  • Provide professional and industry development opportunities,
  • Build connection and generate exchange, and
  • Generate strategic, collaborative relationships for the benefit of arts and creative practice across the country.



Opening date: 9.00am (AEDT) Thursday 1 September 2022

Closing date: 5.00pm (AEDT) Friday 30 September 2022

Applicants must be available to fulfil the fellowship between 1 November 2022 and 31 August 2023.

All acquittals must be completed by 31 October 2023.


Program Guidelines

It is essential that all applicants read and understand the Program Guidelines. This documents contains information on eligibility and further details about the program please download the Guidelines document.


Information Sessions

Regional Arts Australia will run an online information session for the National Regional Arts Fellowship on the following date/time:

Thursday 11 August 5.30pm AEDT

Register to attend the information session here


Private appointments

Individuals can make an appointment to speak with the Regional Arts Fund Manager between the 10th -11th August.

Book your appointment time here

Appointments will be limited to 30 minutes via zoom

Applicants seeking an appointment should ensure they have read the Program Guidelines before making an appointment.

How to apply

Apply via SmartyGrants (applications can be submitted between 1 September 2022 and 30 September 2022)

National Regional Arts Fellowship Program 2022 Application Form

All applications are to be submitted online using the SmartyGrants system.