National Museum Australia Indigenous Scholarships Program 2016

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Application Deadline: Extended: June 6th 2016

The National Museum of Australia is supporting the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural, creative and heritage workers from remote and regional Australia.

The Museum has developed the Encounters Indigenous Cultural Workers Scholarships program following recommendations from the extensive community consultation programs conducted for the Encounters exhibition.

The Encounters Scholarships program is a partnership between the National Museum of Australia and the Prince’s Charities Australia. An important component of the program will be identifying how the scholarship will benefit each individual as well as their community.

The Scholarships program is designed to meet the needs of awardees and their community cultural work, giving them new skills and capabilities.

The program will match awardees with leading museum professionals including curators and cultural and heritage staff.

Through mentoring, awardees can access a wide range of skills and knowledge in areas such as: fine arts; exhibition and cultural development; media and technology; education programs; collections management (including research and conservation); and cultural project planning and development.

Scholarship opportunities include:

  • accessing cultural collections and best-practice institutions in Australia and the UK
  • learning from a diverse range of mentors and guides
  • developing a relationship with national and international cultural institutions.


Applicants must:

  • be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and be accepted as such by the community in which they live or have lived
  • be available for the full duration of the Scholarship
  • have their employer’s endorsement/support
  • be willing to be mentored, live away from their family and community, and travel overseas
  • be aged eighteen years or over.

Selection criteria

The selection process will be open and competitive. It will identify six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people whose cultural, creative or heritage work in their communities showcases their leadership and vision.

Successful awardees need to demonstrate how the Scholarship will benefit them personally as well as their community.

All interested people who are working in the cultural, creative and heritage sectors in their communities, and want the opportunity for professional and personal development, are encouraged to apply. We are seeking candidates who have not previously had the opportunity of a scholarship / study award overseas.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.


Completed Application Form as well as the following support material:

  • One personal reference
  • One professional reference
  • CV / Resume (include a photo of yourself)

Applications close: Monday 23 May 2016

Applicants notified and interviews conducted: July 2016

Program begins: September 2016

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