Encounters Fellowships Program

Encounters Fellowships offer six people a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain professional development in a hands-on program that includes a placement at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra and experience at partner cultural institutions in Australia and the United Kingdom.


Scholarship details

Value: $60,000 approx. total

Duration: Duration of the program

Availability: 6 scholarships offered

Application dates

Unknown - check with provider


This scholarship is for:

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants
Academic merit
Remote/rural students

Areas of study:

  • Creative arts

At Institution:

  • ACT Universities
  • TAFE
  • Other

Study level:

  • Short executive courses

Study Load:

  • Full Time
  • Part Time


  • ACT

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:
  • be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage, identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and be accepted as such by the community in which they live or have lived
  • be over the age of 18
  • identify as an emerging or mid-career worker within the cultural, heritage or creative sector
  • be available for the full duration of the fellowship
  • if employed, have their employer’s endorsement and support to participate
  • be willing to live away from family and community for periods of up to three weeks at a time
  • possess a current passport or be able to obtain one.

Further Information

Successful applicants work alongside museum, gallery and cultural sector specialists, gaining behind-the-scenes experience in areas including collections research and preservation, exhibition planning, digital storytelling, educational programming, Indigenous design thinking, and project management.

Fellows receive a generous stipend for 12 weeks with the total support package valued at around $60,000.