Scholarships

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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 nameWho can apply?AmountWhen to apply?
The Balnaves Foundation First Nations Scholarship

Applicants to any BFA who are Australian First Nations and experiencing financial need. This scholarship also 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 over three years ($30,000 per year) Once you make it through to Round Two
Tim Fairfax AC Scholarship (x1)Applicants to BFA (Acting) experiencing financial need from remote or regional Australia$45,000 over three years ($15,000 per year)Once you make it through to Round Two
Tim Fairfax AC Scholarship (x1)Applicants to MFA (Directing) who identifies as Indigenous or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)$15,000Once you make it through to Round Two
YouTube Scholarship (x1)Applicants to any BFA from a background historically underrepresented in the screen and stage industry$44,000 over three years ($14,500 per year)Once you make it through to Round Two
Chrysanthy and Tessa Mallos Memorial Scholarship (x1)Applicants to any BFA with Hellenic background experiencing financial need $50,000 over three years ($16,666.66 per year)Once you make it through to Round Two
Margaret Kirby Scholarship (x1)Applicants to any BFA experiencing financial need$50,000 over three years ($16,666.66 per year)Once you make it through to Round Two
Garry McQuinn Scholarship (x1)Applicant to BFA (Technical Theatre and Stage Management) student demonstrating financial need.$45,000 over three years ($15,000 per year)Once you make it through to Round Two
Helen Dumbrell Scholarship (x1)Applicants to BFA (Acting) experiencing financial need$30,000 over three years ($10,000 per year)Once you make it through to Round Two
Finch Company Scholarship (x1)Applicants to MFA (Directing) student in financial need$15,000Once you make it through to Round Two
Finch Company Scholarship (x1)Applicants to MFA (Writing for Performance) student in financial need$15,000Once you make it through to Round Two
Edward Federman Scholarship (x2)Female applicants to 2022 MFA (Writing for Performance) who identifies as Indigenous or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)$10,000Once you make it through to Round Two
Luminis Indigenous Fellowship for Cultural Leadership (x1)Applicants to 2022 MFA (Cultural Leadership) who identifies as Indigenous (All Indigenous applicants to the MFA (Cultural Leadership) will be automatically considered) Read more$15,000 covering 50% of tuition feesOnce you make it through to Round Two
Technical Direction Company Scholarship (x1)Applicants to Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services experiencing financial need$15,000 for one yearOnce 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 Scholarship

Applicants to any BFA who are Australian First Nations and experiencing financial need

This scholarship also 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 over three years ($30,000 per year) Once you make it through to Round Two
Tim Fairfax AC Scholarship (x1) Applicants to MFA (Directing) who identifies as Indigenous or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) $15,000 Once you make it through to Round Two
Edward Federman Scholarship (x2) Applicants to 2022 MFA (Writing for Performance) who identifies as Indigenous or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) $10,000 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
Timothy Fairfax AC Scholarships (mutliple scholarships)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$10,000
TAG Family Foundation Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$10,000
John Grill AO and Rosie Williams Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$10,000
David Cielak Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$10,000
Roy and Sandy Abrams Scholarship (x1)BFA students experiencing financial need$10,000
Cathy Harris AO PSM & David Harris Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$10,000
Barry Smorgon OAM and Sandra Smorgon Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$7,500
Frank Thring Scholarships (x4)BFA or MFA students for their excellence and achievements$6,000
Geoffrey Rothwell Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$6,000
The Laidlaw Foundation Scholarship (1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$6,000
The June Penn Scholarships (x1)Female BFA (Acting) students experiencing financial need$6,000
Shanahan Management ScholarshipBFA  students experiencing financial need$6,000
Andrew Cameron AM & Cathy Cameron Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$5,000
Donald & Leslie Parsonage Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$5,000
David and Lorraine Winterbottom Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$5,000
Michele Brooks and Andrew Michael Scholarship (x1)BFA  students experiencing financial need$5,000
Mel Gibson and Village Roadshow scholarships (x2)BFA students experiencing financial need$5,000
The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$5,000
Ben Gannon AO Scholarship (x3)BFA or MFA student for their excellence and achievements$5,000
Dawn O'Donnell Scholarships (x6)Female BFA (Technical Theatre and Stage Management) or female MFA (Directing) students$5,000
The Helpmann Family Foundation Scholarships (x8)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$5,000
Dr Bruce Caldwell Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$5,000
Kate Davy Memorial Scholarship (x1)BFA (Technical Theatre and Stage Management) students with priority given to a female student from regional area.$5,000
Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$5,000
June Baker Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$5,000
Lisa Hamilton & Rob White Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$5,000
James and Melissa Marshall Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$5,000
Ezekiel Solomon AM Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$5,000
Donella & Quintin Freedman Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$4,500
Geoff Richards Memorial Scholarships (x3)BFA (Technical Theatre and Stage Management) students experiencing financial need$4,000
J.G. Reynolds Memorial Scholarship (x6)BFA or MFA students aged under 25 years.$4,000
Prof Ross Steele AM Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA student experiencing financial need$4,000
Tracie Cielak Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA student experiencing financial need$3,500
Alex & Rosie Linden Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$3,000
Cowled Foundation Scholarships (x3)BFA (Design for Performance) students, with a priority given to young women from rural Australia experiencing financial need$2,500
John and Renay Robinson Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$2,500
Professor Nadia Badawi AM Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$2,500
Garry McQuinn Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$2,250
Dr Elizabeth More AM Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$2,200
The Gillespie/Price Scholarship (x1)BFA students experiencing financial need$2,000
Catherine McDonnell Scholarship (x1)BFA students experiencing financial need$2,000
Hand Up Foundation Scholarship (x1)BFA students experiencing financial need$2,000
Richard and Barbara Refshauge Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$2,000
Noel & Hetty Cislowski Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,500
Bridget O'Brien Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,500
Colin Fong Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,500
Maria Trinci Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,500
Cassandra Muller Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,500
Ted Blamey Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,200
Dr David Dossetor and Professor Elizabeth Elliott AM ScholarshipBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,200
Janine Allis Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,000
David Marshall Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,000
Sara & Martyn Roberts Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,000
Ballard Property Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,000
Helena Harris Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,000
Sue & Michael Tobin Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,000
Peter & Luci Cook Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,000
David Craig Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,000

View 2023 Enrolled First Nations Students’ Scholarships

Scholarship nameWho can apply? Individual amount
ARA Group Scholarships (x3) BFA or MFA Indigenous students with financial need $10,000
Dr Eric Wegman Scholarship (x1) BFA Indigenous students with financial need $5,000

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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