Keith & Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship (Theatre)
The Keith & Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship (Theatre) is provided to enable graduates in Drama/Theatre from the Faculty of VCA and MCM to travel abroad and enjoy a measure of financial support during the early years of their professional careers. It is offered biennially in odd years (2015, 2017 etc.).
The value of the scholarship offered in 2017 is expected to be $25,000.
Applications are now open and close Tuesday 18 April. This is a biennial scholarship, and will be available in odd years.
Criteria & eligibility
Candidates for the fellowship much hold, or be eligible graduand to hold, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Practice), a Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Acting), Postgraduate Diploma or Masters degree arising out of studies completed in the discipline of Drama/Theatre at the Faculty, and must have graduated, or be eligible to graduate, from the discipline of Drama/Theatre at the Faculty within the ten years immediately preceding the date of submission of the application for the fellowship. Candidates must be an Australian citizen or have resided in Australia for the four years immediately preceding the date of submission of the application for the fellowship.
Applications will be assessed by the selection committee on the basis of:
- artistic and merit, as demonstrated by previous academic achievement (VCE or equivalent; other tertiary results) and CV;
- career aspirations (addressed through questions in the application process);
- travel/study/project 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).
Short listed applicants will be asked to attend an interview (in person or virtual). Should the selection committee consider that two or more applicants are of equal merit, they may require applicants to submit further additional work. The selection committee may award the Fellowship and/or minor prizes to the artist who have submitted the most outstanding application/s. The selection committee may further decline to make the award, should the standard not be sufficiently high, or to make minor prizes only. The Dean, on the recommendation of the selection committee, will approve the recipients.
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.
The period of 18 months during which the Fellowship is, or any minor awards are, tenable, will be deemed to begin on the date of the payment of the first instalment or on any such later date as may be determined. Every Fellowship holder must forward to the Scholarships Office every six months a report regarding the work in which he or she is engaged, and a final report following the completion of the work.
How to apply
Online application link here. 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.