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Instructions & Guidelines

The American-Australian Arts Fund grants support emerging and early-career Australian, Indigenous Australian, American, Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian artists to advance in the fields of theater, film, television, dance, music, visual arts, design, literature, photography and fashion and develop their talents with leading mentors and educators. These scholarships are offered in both the Australia to US and US to Australia direction. 

Before you submit an application, please ensure you read all the instructions and eligibility requirements.


The standard of our applicants is very high and we are not able to fund all applicants. Please note that you may not apply if you have already received a scholarship or grant from the AAA. 

For the purpose of these guidelines, all applicants will be referred to as ‘the artist’.

Applying for a grant

All applicants are required to complete the online  Application form (link available when each round opens). You will be required to set up a site account. Within your account you can save, leave and go back to your application anytime before submitting by the due date. Please be aware you will be required to upload supporting documents to this online form, as listed below.

You will be notified of the results of your application by email approximately eight weeks after the deadline, at which time successful applicants will receive further instruction.

Submission Period 2019


Grants from the Fund are reviewed on a three-round basis by the Association's staff in consultation with the Cultural Committee. 

Applications are due at midnight Eastern Standard time (New York time).


Round 1, 2019 | APPLY

Applications Open - 1 Feb
Applications Close -  17 March

Round 2, 2019 | APPLY

Applications Open - 1 Sep
Applications Close - 15 Oct

*The application link will only be made available on the dates the application round is open.

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Required supporting documents

All applicants are required to include the following supporting materials to their application:

1. Artist Statement: please outline your purpose for applying to the (no more than 600 words). The essay should cover: 

-the goals and objectives of your research/study/practice;
-the importance of this research/study/practice to your field; 
-why travel to the United States/Australia is important for this research/study/practice;
-how you will accomplish it in the time period for which the funding has been requested. 

2. Supporting material: any videos, links, articles, essays or images you think will support your application. 

3. budget outlining costs for the proposal, detailing other funding sources. Please provide confirmation letters of any confirmed pledges from other funding sources. Please note, you can request a maximum of US$5,000 from the Association. Download a budget template to use here
4. letter of confirmation from educational organization or nominated host body/mentor (where a formal program of study, internship or mentorship is being undertaken).

5. Proof of citizenship/residency status (scanned photo page of your passport). Please note; dual citizens of Australia/US are not able to apply for these scholarships or grants. 

 Three Letter of Recommendations (professional references) . Please note; you must request these Letters of Recommendation through the application portal. Your referee's will be sent an email with details of your request and what they should to include. The AAA will not accept references that have already been written. 


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