George Fairfax Memorial Award


The George Fairfax Memorial Award provides recipients with the opportunity to enhance their professional careers in the theatre industry at a critical time in their careers.


$20,000 (indicative)

Open and closing dates

Applications are closed. Applicants can expect to receive an outcome by the end of May. This award is biennial and is expected to be next open March 2020.

Criteria and eligibility

Any applicant for the award must have graduated, or be eligible to graduate, in any undergraduate or postgraduate course in the discipline of Theatre (previously called Drama) or Production at the Faculty within 10 years prior to 1 January of the year of the award (and preferably have three years industry experience) and be an Australian citizen or have resided in Australia for four years immediately preceding 1 January of the year of the award.

Professional development may include, but is not limited to, further study, residencies, conference/forum attendance, internships, and conducting research into new approaches to theatre-making.

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by the selection committee on the basis of:

  • talent and achievement in performing arts, as demonstrated by industry engagement and recognition (reviews, awards and nominations, selection of work by festivals) and /or academic merit (tertiary results); 
  • career aspirations (addressed through questions in the application process); 
  • travel and/or study plan (outlining teacher/masterclass/tertiary intentions; detailed budget requirements; letters of support; etc); and
  • likely success in completing the proposed course of study / benefitting from the travel plan (addressed through questions in the application process). 

The Dean, on the recommendation of the graduate committee, will approve the receipients, who will be notified via post of the outcome. All other unsuccessful receipients will be emailed.

Additional requirements

To accept this scholarship, successful recipients are required to write a letter of thanks and provide an artistic biography for the donors or trustees. On occasion recipients will be contacted to provide a progress report.

How to apply

Refer to the Open and Closing Dates section above for the application link. The link will only be visible during the application period.

The application will require personal information, including course and year level, and some questions addressing the selection criteria listed above. You will be required to attach some documents, such as CV and academic transcript and, where relevant, there will be the option to include any support material that gives weight to your application. Where financial need is a consideration, you'll also be asked to provide an estimate of your budget for the year ahead.