Australia Council for the Arts
The Marten Bequest Scholarships
About The Marten Bequest
The Marten Bequest Scholarships offer talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either interstate and/or overseas.
The scholarships provide financial support under the categories acting, architecture, ballet, instrumental music, painting, poetry, prose, sculpture and singing to help talented Australian artists achieve their dreams.
Scholarships are each worth $50,000, payable in quarterly instalments over two years.
John Chisholm Marten (1908 – 1966) was born in Kent, England and moved to Australia at a young age, residing in Sydney for his adult life. John Marten was a theatrical artist and well known for his appreciation and support of the arts community.
John was actively involved in many different art forms. He was trained in Spanish dancing and served in the merchant navy during the war. John also co-authored The Bali Ballet Murders with Cornelius Conyn, which was published in Australia, London and also translated into Dutch and published in the Netherlands. (This novel can be found at the Mitchell Library A823/C768/IAI)
A strong advocate for the artistic capabilities of young Australians, John understood the costs involved in study and training programs and established The Marten Bequest through a charitable trust.
The scholarships are administered by the Australia Council on behalf of Perpetual as trustee.
A list of previous recipients is available here.
Who can apply
Individual artists who are:
- Australian citizens
- aged 21 – 35 (17 – 35 for ballet) at the closing date.
These are terms established by The Marten Bequest and there are no exceptions to this requirement.
All applicants should familiarise themselves with the terms and conditions of The Marten Bequest.
If you are an Australian citizen but will have difficulty providing a copy of a birth certificate, passport or citizenship certificate, please contact Artists Services.
Who can’t apply
You can’t apply for a scholarship if:
- you received a grant, or administered a grant, from the Australia Council in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted
- you owe money to the Australia Council
- you were previously awarded a grant through The Marten Bequest.
What you can apply for
The scholarships are awarded annually to candidates who show great promise in the arts and literature.
Nine scholarship disciplines are supported:
- Instrumental music
Scholarship funds can be used to assist with study programs, professional training courses and mentor programs in Australia and overseas. You may also participate in online opportunities: however the majority of the scholarship funds should support travel to access those opportunities.
Please note: Your project must consider the latest advice regarding COVID-19 in the locations where the activity will take place.
Your application will be reviewed by the Australia Council. We may seek industry advice on your application before making our recommendations to Perpetual, who will make the final decision.
The decision of Perpetual is final, and no feedback will be provided on your application or the decision.
Your application will be assessed against two criteria:
- the potential of the applicant
- the viability of the proposal.
For more information, visit australiacouncil.gov.au