Scholarships

NIDA Scholarships are open to future students and enrolled students. Most scholarships are allocated based on financial need.

Please scroll down to see the full list of scholarships.

First Nation scholarships are funded by the following very generous supporters:

  • The Balnaves Foundation – Principal Patron – First Nation Program
  • ARA Group Limited, NIDA’s Principal Partner for Property and Services,
  • Tim Fairfax AC
  • The Chrysanthy and Tessa Mallos Memorial Scholarships.
  • Dr Eric Wegman

NIDA is grateful for their support of scholarships and funding towards NIDA’s education and training.

Future Students' Scholarships

The Future Student Scholarships are for individuals applying to study at NIDA in 2023. Once you have auditioned or interviewed and reached the second round, you will receive information on how to apply for the Future Scholarships. If you have any questions please email applications@nida.edu.au

Future Student Scholarships are paid to students on a fortnightly basis. They are awarded for one year or multiple years depending on the terms of the Scholarship.

Please note these scholarships are only available for domestic applicants (those who are a citizen or permanent resident of Australia, a citizen of New Zealand or the holder of an Australian humanitarian visa).

NIDA is committed to building a diverse community of students and strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people who are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and people with a disability.

View 2023 Future Students’ Scholarships

Scholarship name Who can apply? Amount When to apply?
The Balnaves Foundation First Nations Scholarship Applicants to any 2023 BFA for a First Nations student experiencing financial need. $90,000 paid over three years ($30,000 per year)
 This scholarship includes:
* mentoring with a First Nations Arts Industry mentor for each scholarship recipient
* additional travel home if required
* funding for an arranged On Country experience for each scholarship recipient one time during their study
* a Paid Internship for each of the scholarship recipients at the successful conclusion of their study.
$90,000.00

($30,000.00
per year)
          
Once you make it through to Round Two
Ingham's First Nations Scholarship Applicants to MFA (Writing for Performance) or MFA (Directing) who are Australian First Nations and experiencing financial need. It includes the opportunity for a paid internship after graduation.
$30,000.00
Once you make it through to Round Two
Andrew Cameron AM & Cathy Cameron Scholarship Applicants to MFA (Directing) or MFA (Writing for Performance) student in financial need
$30,000.00
 
Once you make it through to Round Two
Margaret Kirby Scholarship Applicants to any BFA for a student experiencing financial need ($50,000 paid over 3 years)
$50,000.00

($16,666.67
per year)

Once you make it through to Round Two
The YouTube Scholarship  Applicants to BFA from a background historically underrepresented in the screen and stage industry ($43,500 paid over 3 years) 

$43,500.00

(14,500.00
per year)
Once you make it through to Round Two
The Helen Dumbrell Scholarship Applicants to BFA (Acting) for a student experiencing financial need ($30,000 paid over 3 years)
$30,000.00

($10,000.00
per year)

Once you make it through to Round Two
Edward Federman Scholarship Applicants to MFA (Writing for Performance) for a female student who identifies as Indigenous or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) $10,000.00 Once you make it through to Round Two
Edward Federman Scholarship Applicants to MFA (Writing for Performance) for a student experiencing financial need
$10,000.00
 
Once you make it through to Round Two
Tim Fairfax AC  Scholarship  Applicants to BFA (Acting) for a student in financial need who is from remote or regional Australia. This scholarship totals $45,000 paid over 3 years 

$45,000.00

($15,000.00
per year)
Once you make it through to Round Two
Tim Fairfax AC  Scholarship Applicants to MFA (Directing) student who identifies as Indigenous or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)
$15,000.00
Once you make it through to Round Two
Finch Scholarship Applicants to MFA (Directing)
$15,000.00
Once you make it through to Round Two
Finch Scholarship Applicants to MFA (Writing for Performance) 
$15,000.00
 
Once you make it through to Round Two
Finch Scholarship Applicants to 3rd year student enrolled in BFA (Design) 
$15,000.00
 
Once you make it through to Round Two

View 2023 Future First Nations Students' Scholarships

Scholarship nameWho can apply?AmountWhen to apply?
The Balnaves Foundation First Nations ScholarshipApplicants to any 2023 BFA for a First Nations student experiencing financial need. $90,000 paid over three years ($30,000 per year)
 This scholarship includes:
* mentoring with a First Nations Arts Industry mentor for each scholarship recipient
* additional travel home if required
* funding for an arranged On Country experience for each scholarship recipient one time during their study
* a Paid Internship for each of the scholarship recipients at the successful conclusion of their study.
$30,000.00 Once you make it through to Round Two
Ingham's First Nations ScholarshipApplicants to MFA (Writing for Performance) or MFA (Directing) who are Australian First Nations and experiencing financial need. It includes the opportunity for a paid internship after graduation.$30,000.00 Once you make it through to Round Two
Edward Federman ScholarshipApplicants to MFA (Writing for Performance) for a female student who identifies as Indigenous or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)$10,000.00 Once you make it through to Round Two

Enrolled Students’ Scholarships

In 2022, approximately $600,000 worth of NIDA Scholarships, including Indigenous Scholarships, were available to assist enrolled students with living expenses and/or tuition fees.

Enrolled students' scholarships are paid to students on a fortnightly basis. They are awarded for one year or multiple years depending on the terms of the Scholarship.

Details of the scholarship application process are provided to students at the start of the NIDA academic year. If you have any questions please email education@nida.edu.au

View 2023 Enrolled Students’ Scholarships

Scholarship nameWho can apply?Individual amount
Tim Fairfax AC Scholarship x6BFA or MFA student with financial need from remote or regional Australia $10,000  $10,000.00 
The ARA Group Scholarship x3BFA or MFA Indigenous students with financial need $10,000.00 
John Grill AO and Rosie Williams ScholarshipBFA or MFA student with financial need$10,000.00 
David Cielak ScholarshipBFA or MFA student with financial need$10,000.00 
Roy and Sandy Abrams Scholarship BFA students experiencing financial need$10,000.00 
David & Cathy Harris ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$10,000.00 
Sandra and Barry Smorgon Family Foundation Scholarship BFA or MFA student with financial need$7,500.00 
David and Lorraine Winterbottom ScholarshipBFA or MFA student with financial need$7,500.00 
The Laidlaw Foundation Scholarships BFA or MFA students with financial need$7,000.00 
The June Penn ScholarshipOne female BFA (Acting) students with financial need$6,000.00 
The Frank Thring Scholarship x4Scholarship for a BFA or MFA for one female and one male student based on skill expertise and achievements$6,000.00 
The Geoffrey Rothwell ScholarshipBFA or MFA student with financial need$6,000.00 
Shanahan Management ScholarshipBFA  students experiencing financial need$6,000.00 
Anonymous Donor ScholarshipBFA  students experiencing financial need$5,000.00 
James & Melissa Marshall ScholarshipBFA  students experiencing financial need$5,000.00 
The Dr Eric Wegman ScholarshipBFA Indigenous students with financial need $5,000.00 
Garry McQuinn ScholarshipApplicant to BFA, Technical Theatre and Stage Management student experiencing financial need $5,000.00 
The Kate Davy Memorial ScholarshipSupporting BFA (Technical Theatre and Stage Management) students with priority given to a female student from regional area$5,000.00 
The Dawn O'Donnell Scholarship x6Supporting women students in BFA, Technical Theatre and Stage Management student demonstrating financial need or Directing students$5,000.00 
The Ben Gannon AO Scholarship x3BFA or MFA student based on financial need for 1 year$5,000.00 
The Helpmann Family Foundation Scholarships  x8BFA or MFA students demonstrating financial need$5,000.00 
The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust ScholarshipBFA or MFA students demonstrating financial need$5,000.00 
Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation Scholarship BFA or MFA student demonstrating financial need$5,000.00 
Michelle Brooks and Andrew Michael ScholarshipBFA  students experiencing financial need$5,000.00 
Mel Gibson and Village Roadshow scholarships x2BFA students experiencing financial need$5,000.00 
The June Baker ScholarshipBFA or MFA students with financial needs$5,000.00 
Lisa Hamilton & Rob White ScholarshipSupporting BFA (Technical Theatre and Stage Management) or MFA Directing student$5,000.00 
Donald & Leslie Parsonage ScholarshipBFA or MFA students with financial needs$5,000.00 
Andrew Cameron AM & Cathy Cameron ScholarshipBFA or MFA students with financial needs$5,000.00 
Quintin & Donella Freeman ScholarshipBFA or MFA students with financial needs$4,500.00 
The Geoff Richards Memorial Scholarship x3Supporting BFA (Technical Theatre and Stage Management) students with financial need$4,000.00 
The J.G. Reynolds memorial Scholarship x6MFA and BFA students aged under 25 years old$4,000.00 
The Prof Ross Steele AM ScholarshipsBFA or MFA student demonstrating financial need $4,000.00 
Tracie Cielak ScholarshipBFA or MFA student demonstrating financial need $3,500.00 
Alex & Rosie Linden ScholarshipBFA or MFA student demonstrating financial need $3,000.00 
The Cowled Foundation Scholarships x3BFA (Design for Performance) students, with a priority given to young women from rural Australia experiencing financial need$2,500.00 
John and Renay Robinson ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$2,500.00 
Professor Nadia Badawi AM ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$2,500.00 
Garry McQuinn ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$2,250.00 
Dr Elizabeth More AM ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$2,200.00 
Catherine McDonnell ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$2,000.00 
The Gillespie/Price ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$2,000.00 
Hand Up Foundation ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$2,000.00 
Anonymous Donor ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$2,000.00 
Richard and Barbara Refshauge ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$2,000.00 
Maria Trinci ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,500.00 
Cassandra Muller ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,500.00 
Bridget O'Brien ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,500.00 
Noel & Hetty Cislowski ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,500.00 
Colin Fong ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,500.00 
Ted Blamey ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,200.00 
Dr David Dossetor and Professor Elizabeth Elliott AM ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,200.00 
David Marshall ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,000.00 
Janine Allis ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,000.00 
David Craig ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,000.00 
Ballard Property Group ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,000.00 
Helena Harris ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,000.00 
Sara & Martyn Roberts ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,000.00

View 2023 Enrolled First Nations Students’ Scholarships

Scholarship nameWho can apply?Individual amount
The ARA Group Scholarship x3BFA or MFA Indigenous students with financial need $10,000.00 
The Dr Eric Wegman ScholarshipBFA Indigenous students with financial need $5,000.00

Thank you to our supporters

NIDA Scholarships and Fellowship are made possible through the generosity of donors, Trusts and Foundations, Corporate Partners, and bequests through the NIDA Foundation Trust.

Indigenous student scholarships receives support from The Balnaves Foundation - Principal Patron, First Nations Program, ARA Group Limited, NIDA’s Principal Partner for Property and Services, Tim Fairfax AC, Screen Australia and The Chrysanthy and Tessa Mallos Memorial Scholarship. NIDA is grateful for their support of scholarships and funding towards NIDA’s education and training.

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