Hutchinson Indigenous Fellowship and Residency

The Hutchinson Indigenous Fellowship and Residency is an annual award that provides a Victorian Aboriginal emerging artist with financial support to explore ideas and develop skills that will realise new iterations of cultural practice and development and build their practice into the future. Established in 2014 by the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, the Hutchinson Indigenous Fellowship and Residency program honours Mr Darvell Hutchinson AM, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his direct stewardship of the Trust’s activities. The Helen Macpherson Smith Trust makes grants to support the immediate and long term needs of the wider community of Victoria across a range of targeted program areas to help build fair, creative and resilient Victorian communities through initiatives that promote positive change.

Application type

No application is required. You will be automatically considered for this award.

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $40,000

Applicable study areas

Performing and visual arts, theatre, film and television

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • Candidates for the Fellowship must reside in Victoria or have an ancestral connection to Victoria.

    Selection criteria

    Artistic practices can include (but are not be limited to) the visual arts; music; creative writing - including fiction, film, theatre and dance performance, and other practices generally understood to be part of the arts and cultural practice. A selection panel will be convened to determine the Fellowship awardee.

  • Application process

    Selection is by invitation only.

  • When will I know the outcome?

What are the benefits?

The Fellowship award offers a grant of $40,000, payable in two instalments, with an additional amount up to $5,000, towards the cost of materials.

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