NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.


NIDA Scholarships Reach over 1 Million Dollars of Support for 2024 Student Intake

In 2024, NIDA will provide a record-breaking level of scholarship funding, with over $1 million dollars in funds distributed across more than 100 unique scholarships, providing much needed assistance to talented students.

Through the generosity of numerous donors, NIDA will offer an extensive range of scholarships that will have a profound impact on the lives of students. These scholarships support students pursuing degrees in the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services, and Master of Fine Arts, helping to cover essential living expenses.

NIDA CEO Liz Hughes said: ‘NIDA’s goal is to empower future storytellers of all backgrounds and we are deeply committed to building a diverse community of students. NIDA strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people who are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and people with a disability. We are grateful for the enormous generosity of our supporters, as their contribution and commitment to NIDA is an important investment in our students and their futures in the performing arts industry.’

NIDA's 2023 Scholarship Recipients

NIDA’s 2023 Scholarship Recipients

Current scholarships include the Tim Fairfax AC Scholarships, Prime Video Scholarships, The Balnaves Foundation First Nations Scholarship, Ingham’s First Nations Scholarship, YouTube Scholarship, Animal Logic Entertainment Scholarships supported by Zareh Nalbandian, Andrew Cameron AM & Cathy Cameron Scholarship, ARA Indigenous Scholarships, Edward Federman Scholarships, Brian Walsh Scholarship, Weir Anderson Foundation Scholarship, William Rubensohn Foundation Scholarships, Finch Scholarships, Mel Gibson and Village Roadshow scholarships, Technical Direction Company Scholarship and the Luminis Foundation Indigenous Fellowship for Cultural Leadership.

NIDA is also honored to present several scholarships made possible through generous bequests, each carrying a legacy of support for the arts. These include the Dawn O’Donnell Scholarships, The Helen Dumbrell Scholarship, Ben Gannon AO Scholarship and The Frank Thring Scholarships.

NIDA scholarships are made possible through the generosity of donors, trusts and foundations, corporate partners, and bequests through the NIDA Foundation Trust.

To enquire about donating to NIDA and/or providing a scholarship please email:

For a complete list, visit NIDA’s scholarship page.