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 2021.

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 2021 Future Students’ Scholarships

Scholarship nameWho can apply?AmountWhen to apply?
The YouTube Scholarship (x1)
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Applicants to any 2021 BFA from a background historically underrepresented in the screen and stage industry$44,000 over three years ($14,500 per year)By 30 Oct 2020
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The William Rubensohn Foundation Scholarship (x1)
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Applicants to any 2021 BFA experiencing financial hardship with priority given to applicants from rural NSW $30,000 over three years ($10,000 per year)By 30 Oct 2020
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The Helen Dumbrell Scholarship (x1)
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Applicants to 2021 BFA (Acting) experiencing financial need$30,000 over three years ($10,000 per year)By 30 Oct 2020
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View 2021 Indigenous Future Students Scholarships

Scholarship name Who can apply? Amount When to apply? 
The Luminis Indigenous Fellowship for Cultural Leadership (x1) Indigenous applicants to MFA (Cultural Leadership)   $15,000 covering 50% of tuition fees All Indigenous applicants to the MFA (Cultural Leadership) will be automatically considered. Read more

Successful scholarship applicants will be notified upon receiving an offer for a place in their chosen NIDA course in December 2020.

Enrolled Students’ Scholarships

In 2021, 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 2021 Enrolled Students’ Scholarships

Scholarship nameWho can apply? Individual amount
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
The 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
The Ben Gannon Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA student for their excellence and achievements$5,000
The Cowled Foundation Scholarship (x1)BFA (Costume) student in third year undertaking an international secondment$5,000
The Dawn O'Donnell Scholarships (x6)Female BFA (Technical Theatre and Stage Management) or female MFA (Directing) students$5,000
The Ezekiel Solomon AM Scholarship (x1)BFA students experiencing financial need$5,000
The Helpmann Family Foundation Scholarships (x8)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$5,000
The Jessica Falkholt Memorial Scholarship (x1)BFA (Acting) students experiencing financial need$5,000
The Kate Davy Memorial Scholarship (x1)BFA (Technical Theatre and Stage Management) students with priority given to a female student from regional area.$5,000
The Seaborn Broughton Walford Foundation Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$5,000
The Tim Fairfax Scholarships (x3)BFA or MFA students relocating from rural and regional areas experiencing financial need$5,000
NIDA Foundation Trust scholarships (multiple)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$2,000–$5,000
The Fay Mokotow Memorial Scholarship (x1)Female MFA (Directing) student for their excellence and achievements$4,000
The Geoff Richards Memorial Scholarships (x3)BFA (Technical Theatre and Stage Management) students experiencing financial need$4,000
The J.G. Reynolds memorial Scholarship (x6)BFA or MFA students aged under 25 years.$4,000
The June Baker Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$4,000
The Peter Baynes Memorial Scholarship (x1)BFA (Technical Theatre and Stage Management) or (Scenic Construction and Technologies) students undertaking a secondment overseas.$4,000
The Prof Ross Steele AM Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA student experiencing financial need$4,000
The Cowled Foundation Scholarships (x3)BFA (Design for Performance) students, with a priority given to young women from rural Australia experiencing financial need$2,500
The Actors Benevolent Fund (x1)BFA (Acting) students experiencing financial need$2,000
The Ellen Borda Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$2,000
The Gillespie/Price Scholarship (x1)BFA students experiencing financial need$2,000
Gallery First Nighter Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,000
Philip and Vivien Green Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,000
Tony and Coleen de Saxe Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA students experiencing financial need$1,000
The Pam Dawson Memorial Scholarship (x2)BFA (Technical Theatre and Stage Management) students undertaking a secondment$900

View 2021 Indigenous Enrolled Students’ Scholarships

Scholarship nameWho can apply? Individual amount
The ARA Group Scholarships (x3)BFA or MFA Indigenous students$10,000
The Dr Eric Wegman Scholarship (x1)BFA Indigenous students$5,000
The Julia Mant Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA Indigenous students$5,000
The Roger Allen & Maggie Gray Scholarship (x1)BFA or MFA Indigenous students$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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