Financial assistance and scholarships

Financial assistance to students through Centrelink

Eligible students, who are Australian residents, can apply to Centrelink for financial assistance through Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY.

Visit Centrelink or call 132 490 for more information.

NIDA Scholarships

NIDA Scholarships are divided into two main categories: one open to application by future students (applicants), and the other open to application by enrolled students. Most scholarships are allocated based on financial need.

Future Students' Scholarships

These scholarships are for individuals applying to study at NIDA in 2022.

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 from a wide range of backgrounds and people with a disability.

View 2022 Future Students’ Scholarships

Scholarship nameWho can apply?AmountWhen to apply?
YouTube Scholarship (x1)Applicants to any 2022 BFA from a background historically underrepresented in the screen and stage industry$44,000 over three years ($14,500 per year)From July 2021
Helen Dumbrell Scholarship (x1)Applicants to 2022 BFA (Acting) experiencing financial need$30,000 over three years ($10,000 per year)From July 2021
Edward Federman Scholarship (x1)Applicants to 2022 MFA (Writing for Performance) female student who identifies as Indigenous or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)$10,000 for one yearFrom July 2021

Successful scholarship applicants will be notified upon receiving an offer for a place in their chosen NIDA course in December 2022.

Enrolled Students’ Scholarships

In 2022, approximately $300,000 worth of NIDA Scholarships, including Indigenous Scholarships, will be available to assist enrolled students with living expenses and/or tuition fees.

Scholarships are paid to students on a fortnightly basis from the census date and paid only during the NIDA teaching year. They are awarded for one year or multiple years depending on the terms of the Scholarship.

Details of the application process are provided to students at the start of the NIDA academic year.

View 2022 Enrolled Students’ Scholarships

Scholarship nameWho can apply? Individual amount
Sandra & Barry Smorgon Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$7,500
The Frank Thring Scholarships (x4)BFA or MFA students for their excellence and achievements$6,000
The Geoffrey Rothwell Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$6,000
The Keith Bain Memorial Scholarship (x1)BFA (Acting) student for their achievements in movement work$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
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
Laurie Cowled International Scholarship (x1)BFA (Costume) student in third year undertaking an international secondment$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
Jessica Falkholt Memorial Scholarship (x1)BFA (Acting) female student experiencing financial need$5,000
Dr Bruce Caldwell Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$5,000
Paul & Kate Williams 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
Tim Fairfax Scholarships (x3)BFA or MFA students relocating from rural and regional areas experiencing financial need$5,000
Earl Evans Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$5,000
James & Daniela McMurdoBFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$5,000
June Baker Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$5,000
Rob White & Lisa Hamilton Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$5,000
James and Melissa MarshallBFA students experiencing financial need$5,000
Fay Mokotow Memorial Scholarship (x1)Female MFA (Directing) student for their excellence and achievements$4,000
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
Peter Baynes Memorial Scholarship (x1)BFA (Technical Theatre and Stage Management) or (Scenic Construction and Technologies) students undertaking a secondment overseas.$4,000
Prof Ross Steele AM Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA student experiencing financial need$4,000
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
Actors Benevolent Fund (x1)Second year BFA (Acting) students experiencing financial need$2,000
The Gillespie/Price Scholarship (x1)BFA students experiencing financial need$2,000
Kate Armati Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$2,000
Gallery First Nighter 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
Dr Elizabeth More AM Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,000
Romany Brooks 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

View 2022 Indigenous Enrolled Students’ Scholarships

Scholarship nameWho can apply? Individual amount
ARA Group Scholarships (x3) BFA or MFA Indigenous students with financial need $10,000
Justine Saunders Memorial Scholarship (x1)BFA (Acting) Indigenous student with financial need rom interstate$15,000
Dr Eric Wegman Scholarship (x1) BFA Indigenous students with financial need $5,000
Luminis Indigenous Fellowship for Cultural Leadership (x1) Indigenous applicants to MFA (Cultural Leadership)  (All Indigenous applicants to the MFA (Cultural Leadership) will be automatically considered. Read more) $15,000 covering 50% of tuition fees
Roger Allen & Maggie Gray Scholarship (x1) BFA or MFA Indigenous students with financial need $2,000

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.

For Indigenous student scholarships, NIDA receives support from the ARA Group Limited, NIDA’s Principal Partner for Property and Services. NIDA is grateful to ARA for their support of scholarships and funding towards NIDA’s education and training.

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