Fellowship, Mentorship and Volunteer Placement Program – now open

Applications for the 2019 Fellowship, Mentorship and Volunteer Placement Program are now open. Design your own program or apply for a placement with one of our carefully chosen hosts, with opportunities for everybody, from paid senior to volunteer staff in a museums and galleries across NSW. The program is a Create NSW devolved funding program, administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW (M&G NSW) on behalf of the NSW Government.

Fellowships offer senior staff from NSW museums and galleries the opportunity to undertake a placement at an international cultural organisation. Up to $6,000 is available to spend two weeks at the host organisation of your choice, or at either the Dallas Museum of Art in the USA or the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand.

Mentorships are a valuable professional development opportunity for emerging and mid-level museum and gallery staff to spend two weeks with a state, national or smaller, more specialised organisation. Applicants can choose to spend two-weeks at the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW), Australian Museum or Sydney Living Museums. Applicants can also arrange their own placement host. In 2019, M&G NSW will offer up to $3,000 for each Mentorship placement.

The Volunteer Placement Program is a great opportunity for anyone giving their time and expertise to a small or volunteer managed museum, or Aboriginal cultural centre in NSW. Volunteers can choose to be placed in the following organisations; Albury LibraryMuseum, Hurstville Museum & Gallery, and the State Archives and Records of NSW. Or applicants can arrange a placement with an organisation of their own choice. In 2019 up to $1,000 is available for each Volunteer Placement.

Why should I apply?
The professional development program allows participants to extend their knowledge, enrich their skills and gain valuable experience in a range of cultural activities.

Benefits to Participants
• Build networks
• Challenge yourself
• Develop new skills
• Get a different point of view
• Expert advice
• Master new technology
• Focused learning
• Make new friends
• Improve your CV
• Expand your knowledge
• Increase engagement
• Be more effective in your role

Why should I encourage my staff/volunteers to apply?
Placements provide an opportunity to cultivate networks through access to the expertise and resources of different cultural organisations.

Benefits to Organisations
• Build networks
• Improve morale
• Up-skill staff
• Proof against disruptive changes
• Benefit from expert advice
• Utilise new technology
• Develop expertise
• Establish new partnerships
• Support your staff
• Facilitate knowledge sharing
• Increase staff and volunteer retention
• Get more out of staff and volunteers

Applications close 5pm, Monday 25 March 2019

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Find out more about our placement programs


This is a Create NSW devolved funding program, administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW on behalf of the NSW Government

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