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Specialty Field Scholarships

The Arts Fund supports emerging or early career artists pursuing or planning to pursue artistic development in the Australia to USA and USA to Australia direction. The specialty scholarships outlined below will provide support between US $10,000 – US $30,000 to artists in fields of Fine Art, Fashion and Film Making. Scholarship funds may be used toward travel, living, tuition and other costs associated with the artistic development abroad.

Please read each specialty scholarship outline and follow links to the partnering organizations websites (if need be), as eligibility requirements, application dates and how to apply may vary.

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The Beverley is a US$10,000 grant awarded annually to an established American freelance writer who has an outstanding reputation for art journalism. The purpose of the grant is to foster cultural exchange, discussion and coverage of the Australian contemporary visual arts community and its programs.

The grantee will be given access to visual arts leadership in Australia to assist with introductions and ideas both in advance of the visit to Australia and on site and will be encouraged to visit museums, galleries, art schools, artists’ studios, and private collections, subject to their specific interests.

Grant Purpose

The grant was developed in response to the need for American writers who wish to examine or explore the Australian visual arts community but are increasingly restricted by the travel budgets of art and culture media outlets with which they typically work. This opportunity to travel to Australia allows the grantee to explore and work while not being obliged to produce income-generating articles or reports. As media travel budgets diminish and budgets for media visits wane, The Beverley provides a small contribution to ensuring that contemporary visual arts ideas and trends are being examined and exported from Australia.

The grantee will be at liberty to set their own itinerary, is required to spend at least two weeks in Australia (preferably longer) and must complete their trip within nine months of being awarded the grant. The grantee will also be invited to report on their experience at an event hosted (either virtually or in person) by AAA within two months of their return. The Beverley is intended to support the career and practice of the grantee. While there is no obligation to generate articles as a result of the travel, coverage is encouraged.

The inspiration for the grant is Beverley Joan Melick (nee van Eerde), a NSW-based artist and designer who has had a long association with the USA and has had a life-long passion for cultural exchange. The Beverley has been initiated by John Melick (Beverley’s son) who was raised in Sydney and founded the public relations company Blue Medium in New York nearly 20 years ago.

Submission Period:

Open for application on May 1 to May 31.

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Eligibility requirements:

To be eligible to apply to The Beverley, applicants must:

  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident (Australian citizens or dual citizens are not eligible);
  • Be an established US-based freelance writer who has outstanding reputation for art journalism
  • Travel to Australia within 9 months of being notified of the award for a minimum of 14 days

Please also note;

  • Applications must be prepared and submitted by the applicant (not a third party);
  • The grantee may choose their travel dates, length of stay (with a minimum of 14 days), airlines, insurance, accommodations, and destinations, provided the travel is initiated within nine (9) months of the grant.
  • You cannot apply if you have already been awarded a scholarship or grant by the AAA.


The AAA in partnership with the American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia Inc., offers the AusArt Scholarship to an Australian MA or Graduate student in the fields of fine arts, art history/theory, curatorial studies, arts administration or conservation studies, to support one-year of full-time artistic development at an accredited US educational institution. The AusArt Scholarship will provide support of US $30,000 to be used toward travel, living, tuition and other costs associated with the artistic development abroad.

Submission Period:

Open for application on January 1 to March 31.

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Eligibility requirements:

To be eligible to apply to the AusArt Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident and applying for artistic development in the USA (dual Australian citizens or permanent residents are not eligible);
  • Be applying at graduate-level or above;
  • Be undertaking or planning to undertake artistic development for one-year full-time in the US;
  • Be an emerging or early career artist;
  • Have a formal offer letter from the host body or accredited educational institution at the time of application.

Please also note;

  • Applications must be prepared and submit by the artist (not a third party);
  • Project commencement date cannot be more than 8 months after the application deadline date;
  • If the artist has already begun their artistic development, it cannot be more than 75% complete at the time of the application deadline date;
  • You cannot apply if you have already been awarded a scholarship or grant by the AAA.

An example of the Arts Fund application can be found here.


The winner of the AAA – 2022 Australian Fashion Foundation (AUSFF) Scholarship Award will receive a US$20,000 grant and, pending global travel restrictions, an internship with a global fashion powerhouse in the United States to gain world class, hands on international experience. Applicants must be enrolled in or be a recent graduate of a degree program, or have 3-5 years work experience in a related field.

To apply, applicants must submit a portfolio including a resume, a link to their Instagram, and proof of Australian citizenship/permanent residency via AUSFF’s online portal. Applications are open through November 24th, 2022. Applicable fields of study/work include fashion design, fashion marketing, fashion illustration, writing, styling, creative directing, photography, public relations and beyond.

Selected finalists will be invited to participate in the final virtual judging competition which will be held the week of December 10th, 2022. For more information and to apply, students are encouraged to the AUSFF website: or contact:

AUSFF Website

Submission Period:

Open for application until November 24, 2022.


The AAA – Australian International Screen Forum (AISF) Scholarship will provide support of US $10,000 to an up-and-coming Australian director wishing to pursue artistic development in the United States for up to 3-months. The award will be given to a director who demonstrates talent working in the Australian screen industries including those with experience in making shorts, feature films, documentary films, or television or digital works. The Scholarship includes placement on a screen project in the United States by the Screen Forum and will include on-set experience.

Please refer to the AISF Website for more information on the eligibility requirements and how to apply.

AISF Website

Submission Period:

Applications are closed for 2022.


The Screen Australia – AAA – Onbass Fellowship offers a full tuition scholarship to the AFI Conservatory. The scholarship will be awarded to an incoming Australian Fellow beginning in the 2022 academic year for a Master of Fine Arts degree in one of six disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting.

Please refer to the AFI Website for more information on the eligibility requirements and how to apply.

Submission Period:

Applications to join the AFI Conservatory as a Screen Australia-AAA-Onbass Fellow in the fall of 2022 are due by Dec. 1. To learn more and apply to the AFI Conservatory, visit here.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions prior to starting an application.


To make inquiries about these scholarships please contact our Education Program Manager at | +1 212 338 6860 x 304.