NIDA will award more than $900,000 of scholarships in 2023

7 October 2022

Danny Howard- Balnaves Scholarship recipient 2022Danny Howard, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting), The Balnaves Foundation Scholarship recipient 2022

In 2023, NIDA will make its education and learning more accessible to the most creative and talented individuals across Australia with a range of scholarships aimed to remove financial barriers.

The generous support of donors, sponsors, corporate partners, trusts and bequests, through the NIDA Foundation Trust, has enabled a significant increase in financial assistance for students in 2023. These scholarships will provide students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to study at NIDA while being relieved of some of the cost of living, relocating and study expenses.

NIDA CEO Liz Hughes said, “NIDA relies heavily on the ongoing support from loyal and visionary donors and corporate partners, and we are very grateful for their generous contributions that have enabled a great increase in scholarships for 2023. This vital support allows NIDA to continue to remove financial barriers for diverse creatives across Australia and increase accessibility for all who desire to study at NIDA. Our aim is to be a place for every story, reflecting the diversity and contribution of all as the creators of culture.”

“NIDA alumni are creative leaders in all the dramatic arts and production disciplines across stage, screen and beyond. NIDA’s graduate employment outcomes in 2021 are 100 per cent for all behind the scenes roles in the Bachelors program, and 97 per cent for Vocational Education and Training graduates. We’re looking forward to the new cohort of future leaders and co-creators.”

Scholarships are available across all accredited programs at NIDA.

The new scholarships are available across the Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts and Diploma programs.

New 2023 NIDA Scholarships:

Finch, an innovative film production company, is offering three scholarships. These are open to 2023 applicants of the Master of Fine Arts in Directing and Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Performance, and a current third year student, enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design for Performance. Each scholarship is valued at $15,000.

Andrew Cameron AM & Cathy Cameron Scholarship is open to applicants of the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Performance or Directing who is experiencing financial need and is $30,000.

Ingham's First Nations Scholarship is open to applicants of the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Performance or Directing who identify as Australian First Nations. It also includes the opportunity for a paid internship following completion of their course. The scholarship is $30,000.

Margaret Kirby Scholarship is open to applicants of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program who is experiencing financial need and is $50,000, paid over the 3 years of the course.

Returning 2023 NIDA Scholarships include:

The Balnaves Foundation First Nations Scholarship, NIDA’s most substantial scholarship, is open to applicants to the 2023 Bachelor of Fine Arts program who identify as First Nations and are experiencing financial need. Valued at $90,000 ($30,000 per year over three years), this scholarship also includes a First Nations arts industry mentorship, support to travel home as required, an On Country experience during their study, and a paid industry internship upon successful completion of their course.

The YouTube Scholarship returns for its third year and offers an applicant to the Bachelor of Fine Arts of an underrepresented background a scholarship of $43,500 paid over three years.

Tim Fairfax AC Scholarships are open to an applicant of the Master or Fine Arts in Directing who identifies as First Nations or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and valued at $15,000, and a second scholarship available to an applicant of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) from remote or regional Australia in financial need and valued at $45,000 ($15,000 per annum, over three years). There are also several scholarships funded by Tim Fairfax AC for enrolled students from remote and regional Australia experiencing financial need to apply for in early 2023.

Chrysanthe and Tessa Mallos Memorial Scholarship is available to applicants of the Bachelor of Fine Arts who are of Hellenic background and are experiencing financial need. The scholarship is valued at $50,000, paid over 3 years.

The Edward Federman Scholarships support two applicants of the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Performance; one female applicant who identifies as First Nations or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and the second, for an applicant who can demonstrate financial need. Both scholarships are valued at $10,000.

The Helen Dumbrell Scholarship offers an applicant of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting), support of $30,000 paid over 3 years, for a student experiencing financial need.

The ARA Group Limited, NIDA’s Principal Partner for Property and Services, offers three scholarships of $10,000 per annum for enrolled students of the Master of Fine Arts and the Bachelor of Fine Arts who identify as First Nations and are experiencing financial need.

The Technical Direction Company (TDC) Scholarship of $15,000 for Diploma of Live and Technical Services applicants experiencing financial need.

There are many more scholarships available for ongoing and students commencing study in 2023.

More Information:

Scholarships

For more information on how to donate to NIDA, contact Lisa Hamilton, Head of Development: lisa.hamilton@nida.edu.au.

NIDA is grateful to the support from loyal donors, Trusts and Foundations and corporate partners.

Applications are now open, apply to NIDA for 2023.

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