Australia Council for The Arts

Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships

Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest are administered by the Australia Council on behalf of Perpetual as trustee. 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.

Please note: Perpetual will only accept a limited number of scholarship proposals annually. Once this limit is met, no further proposals can be submitted.

Key Dates

The next round of The Marten Bequest will open in late 2018 for projects starting after 1 July 2019.

Who can apply

Individual artists who were born in Australia and who are aged 21 - 35 (17 - 35 for ballet) at the closing date may submit proposals.

These are terms established by The Marten Bequest and there are no exceptions to this requirement. If you were born in Australia but will have difficulty providing either a copy of a birth certificate or passport, please contact a grants officer to discuss your situation.

All applicants should familiarise themselves with the terms and conditions of The Marten Bequest.

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, with nine scholarship categories available:

·  Acting

·  Architecture

·  Ballet

·  Instrumental music

·  Painting

·  Poetry

·  Prose

·  Sculpture

·  Singing

Scholarship funds can be used to assist with study programs, professional training courses and/or mentor programs.

The scholarship’s value

Scholarships are each worth $50,000, payable in quarterly installments over two years.


Scholarship proposals will be assessed by the Australia Council. A list of recommended scholarship recipients is forwarded to Perpetual who will make the final approval decision.

The decision of Perpetual is final and no feedback on proposals or further correspondence on decisions will be provided.

Scholarship proposal form

The Australia Council will only accept scholarship proposal forms online. If you have trouble accessing our online system please call a grants officer for further advice.

The type of questions we ask you to complete in your online proposal include:

·  your name and contact details

·  your gender

·  agreement with terms and conditions of the scholarship

·  certification that you were born in Australia

·  information about your practice, including your artistic discipline, your resume, the proposed aim of your scholarship (names of teachers/institutions, travel plans, dates, etc.)

·  supporting material as relevant to your proposal.

Support material

Additional material can be submitted to help support your proposal. You can submit up to two URLs (web links). These URLs should be directlinks to material that can include video, audio, images (photos, drawings, sketches or plans), and writing.

For instrumental music, singing, ballet and acting proposals:

·  a direct link URL to video recording of performance (preferred) but for music and singing this may be a link to an audio file

For painting and sculpture proposals:

·  a direct link URL to 12 digital images or video recording

For architecture proposals:

·  a direct link URL to recent plans, drawing, diagrams, renderings and/or photos

For poetry and prose proposals:

·  a direct link URL to poetry (2 - 5 pieces of work) or prose (1,500 - 2,000 words).

To find out more about support material, including advice on how to get examples of your work online, click here.

Our preferred method of receiving support material is via URLs. However, if you cannot supply artistic support material via a URL, we will accept artistic support material in the following formats:

·  Video (MP4, QuickTime, and Windows Media)

·  Audio (MP3 and Windows Media)

·  Images (JPEG and PowerPoint)

·  Written material (PDF)

Letters of support

Individuals, groups or organisations can provide written references or write letters in support of your project. A support letter should explain how the proposed scholarship will benefit the artist. You can include up to five letters of support, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page.

Please note that in order to apply for a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, you must provide proof that you were born in Australia (e.g. passport or birth certificate).

The Marten Bequest terms and conditions can be viewed here.

Applications close
31 Dec 2018
All artforms
Grant Type
Applicant Type
New South Wales
Australia Council for The Arts (opens in new window)
Jane Eastwood
02 9215 9032 or Toll Free 1800 226 912