Encounters Indigenous Cultural Workers Scholarships


The creation of the Encounters Indigenous Cultural Workers Scholarships is an exciting opportunity and legacy that has emerged from the Encounters exhibition. The program is delivered by the National Museum of Australia in partnership with The Prince’s Charities Australia.

The Scholarships program has been developed in response to recommendations from the extensive community consultation programs conducted for Encounters.

Starting in late 2016, the program is aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from remote and regional communities working in the cultural, creative and heritage sectors. It will give up to six awardees hands-on experience at the National Museum of Australia as well as The British Museum and the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in the United Kingdom.

The program also offers awardees an opportunity to experience a residency with mentors at other major cultural institutions in Canberra, and access to major Australian collections at prominent UK universities and institutions.

The total value of the Scholarship program for each recipient is $40,000. This includes a weekly stipend or allowance of $1000 per week for 12 weeks.

Key dates:

Applications open: Wednesday 6 April 2016
Applications close: Monday 6 June 2016
Applicants will be notified and interviews conducted: July 2016
Program begins: Monday 29 August 2016
Program ends: Friday 18 November 2016

For more information and to apply visit the website.