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Professional Development Fellowships

Funding announced

A full list of successful applicants to the Professional Development Fellowships can be found on the past decisions page.    

In 2016 Arts Tasmania will offer three professional development fellowships for individual artists, arts workers and arts administrators.

The fellowships will enable an emerging, mid-career and established arts professional in any artform to undertake a self-directed program of professional development activities relevant to their career stage. The intention of the fellowship is to encourage artists to invest in aspects of their practice  that  they generally would not have the time or funds to focus upon.

This initiative for individuals offers a unique opportunity to develop your professional arts career.

Key dates

Please note that the Professional Development Fellowships will not be offered in 2017.  

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists, arts workers and arts administrators based in Tasmania are eligible to apply.    

Individual artists, arts workers and arts administrators who have previously received a grant from Arts Tasmania that has not been satisfactorily acquitted are not eligible to apply.

Career stage focus

Three fellowship in total will be awarded, with one in each of the following career stages:

  • Emerging or early career    
  • Mid-career    
  • Established    

It is up to you to let us know which career stage category you believe you fall into. The following definitions should be used as a guide when lodging your application:

Emerging or early career:

  • you are under 30 years of age or in the first five years of professional practice    
  • you are not currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, and    
  • you are actively developing your practice in your sector, for example developing an exhibition profile entering awards, creating work, participating in activities in your sector, collaborating with other artists.    


  • you have been a professional practicing artist, arts worker or arts administrator for between five and 15 years    
  • you are recognised by your peers in the sector    
  • you are actively establishing a professional profile in your sector.    


  • you have been a professional practicing artist, arts worker or arts administrator for over 15 years    
  • you are recognised nationally by your peers    
  • you have a demonstrated history working in your sector.    

What can I apply for?

The fellowships will provide investment towards a self-directed program of professional development activities that occur between January 2017 and April 2018.

The fellowships cannot be used to directly fund the development or delivery of new or existing works. Rather they are intended to allow you to think beyond your next project and to consider what activities or opportunities you wish to pursue to support your overall career development. The aim of the  fellowship  is to assist you in securing new skills, networks and knowledge, giving you the confidence to take the next step in your career.

Your proposed program may include a variety of activities including, but not limited to:

  • short courses    
  • conferences    
  • mentorships    
  • professional exchanges    
  • workshops    
  • masterclasses.    

The proposed program of professional development activities must be relevant to your career stage, for example:

  • You may be an emerging performer who wishes to undertake a mentorship and participate in a series of workshops to assist you in transitioning from acting into directing or dramaturgy.    
  • You may be a mid-career visual artist who has a strong exhibition practice but need to develop your business or marketing skills to secure new avenues for your work.    
  • You may be an established composer who wishes to reinvigorate your practice through participating in master classes or residencies nationally or internationally.    
  • You may wish to undertake an internship with a local, national or international organisation. This could include a mentorship, skills exchange, shadowing or the opportunity to work as part of the organisation.    
  • You may wish to undertake a recognised arts leadership, arts management or arts business course that can be seen as a progression from your current practice.    
  • You may be a writer who wants to go to a writers retreat and engage with others in your artform.    
  • You may be a contemporary musician who wishes to work alongside a manager or publicist to develop new skills and networks.    

Some types of activities are not eligible for investment or are restricted. Be sure to read the general eligibility to make sure your proposal is suitable before applying.

How much can I apply for?

Each professional development fellowship is valued at $5 000.

You must provide a budget using the budget template to detail your expenses.

Against what criteria will my application be assessed?

Your application will be assessed against the criteria of quality and reach.

See the assessment guidelines – Professional Development Fellowships page for more information on how these criteria are considered in the assessment process.

Who will assess my application?

Applications will be assessed by a multi-artform panel.

What do I submit as my application?

You must present a viable plan that outlines your proposed fellowship activities, a rationale for these activities and demonstrate your commitment to your chosen field.

All  applications must be submitted online.

The form requires

  • A description of the proposed program of activities including timeline and rationale    
  • Confirmations from relevant organisations, residencies, mentors or artists    
  • A two page CV or biography    
  • A maximum of five items of artistic support material
  • A completed budget using the budget template

Please note that excess support material will not be accepted. All attachments should be listed and each attachment should be clearly labelled.

Visit artistic support material for information relating to accepted formats.

When do I submit my application?

Applications for the professional development fellowships are due on 8 September 2016. Late applications will not be accepted.

How do I submit my application?

Your online professional development fellowship application form must be submitted by 11:59 pm on the due date.

Electronic submission of support material is preferred.

Hard copy submissions will only be considered if you are unable to submit electronically. You must contact the Professional Development Officer for permission to submit in hard copy before the closing date.

For more information relating to making your submission, please visit how to apply.

When will I be notified of the outcome of my application?

You will be advised of the outcome of your application in early November 2016

Help with your application

We recommend you seek advice from Arts Tasmania's Professional Development Officer, Wendy Morrow, before submitting your application. The Professional Development Officer is a useful source of information and can provide advice on your application at any stage of the process.

You can make an appointment with Wendy for a face-to-face meeting or contact her directly via phone on 6165 6665 or e-mail

Due to the number of programs operated by Arts Tasmania, there is great demand for the Professional Development Officer’s time and therefore contact time is limited.