Kate Challis Award

This award, worth up to $20,000, recognises Indigenous achievements in creative prose, drama, the visual arts, script-writing and poetry. Area of creative arts for 2019 is: the best script for film or television performed in the preceding five years.

Application dates

Applications are currently closed

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $20,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
    • have had your script performed between January 2014 and January 2019
  • Application process

    Submit your application online and upload the following documents to support your application:

    1. Curriculum vitae
  • Variations of this scholarship

    The prize is awarded in a five-year cycle with a different area of the arts – creative prose, drama, the visual arts, script-writing and poetry – being rewarded each year. Area of creative arts for 2019 is: the best script for film or television performed in the preceding five years.

  • About the donor

    Professor Emeritius Bernard Smith

    This award for Indigenous creative artists has been made available through the generosity of Professor Emeritus Bernard Smith, eminent art and cultural historian. The prize was established to honour the memory of his late wife, Kate Challis, who was known in her youth as Ruth Adeney (RAKA is an acronym for the Ruth Adeney Koori Award).

    In the Pintupi language, 'raka' means 'five' and in the Warlpiri 'rdaka' means 'hand', and both meanings are particularly apt for a prize to be awarded in a cycle of five years to individual artists – novelists, poets, script writers, visual artists and playwrights – whose 'hands' are the basic means of creativity.

What are the benefits?

A single payment of up to $20,000



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