Philip Hunter Fellowship

This Fellowship, worth $15,000, will support creative individuals or teams to create a new work with environmental focus and public impact with outcomes to be exhibited, published, and/or delivered in a public seminar forum, relative to the participating disciplines. The primary applicant must be a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music (any discipline) within 10 years of the closing date. Suggested outcomes may include, but not be limited to, pieces of art work, design, dance, film, theatre, music, or landscape architecture.

Applications open

10 Jul 2023

Applications closed

8 Oct 2023

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $15,000

Applicable study areas

Music; Performing and visual arts, theatre, film and television

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    *be a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music within 10 years of application closing date (primary applicant).  All team members must be graduates of FAM, MSD, SEFS and/or OEP.

    *propose to create a new work with environmental focus and public impact

    Read the Philip Hunter Fellowship Guidelines for all background to this Fellowship.

    Selection criteria

    The Fellowship selection panel will include a senior academic from each of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and a representative of the Philip Hunter Estate. This panel will be appointed on an annual basis by the Director of the Victorian College of the Arts. The Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music will provide final approval of the recipient.
    The awarding of the Fellowship, by the selection panel, will be based on:

    * The quality of the applications portfolio.
    *  Relevant academic accomplishments.

    * Originality and persuasiveness of the proposal outline.
    *  Evidence of ability to fulfill the proposed project’s aims and outcomes.
    *  The potential for the Fellowship to impact applicant’s future development.
    *  The selection panel will reserve the right to withhold awarding the Fellowship in a given year where an insufficient number of high quality applications has been received.


    The Philip Hunter Fellowship is unique in that it allows for genuine cross-disciplinary work to be seeded and flourish at a high level of intellectual, cultural and artistic endeavour. It is intended that the work created out of the Fellowship will have a public impact.

    It is a condition of the Fellowship that the following outcomes are presented:

    Research:At the completion of the 12-month Fellowship, the research outcomes will be presented to faculty, staff, students and/or alumni at the VCA, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Melbourne.  This could be delivered in the context of a seminar, workshop, lecture, artist talk or similar and will be arranged in consultation with VCA staff and faculty.

    Creative Work:The final Creative Work produced during, or resulting from the Fellowship and informed by the research component thereof, must be presented in a public forum external to the VCA within 36 months of the Fellowship being awarded. Suggested outcomes may include, but are not limited to, pieces of artwork, design, dance, film, theatre, music or landscape architecture.

    These conditions are applied as part of a strong belief in the social and cultural impact that research-informed creative practice can have in contemporary society, particularly in relation to the environment. Further, the outcomes of the Philip Hunter Fellowship will contribute to debate and engagement for students and staff at the University of Melbourne, allowing for examination of the ideas produced during the Fellowship through any aforementioned public exhibition, performance, forum and or publication.

  • Application process

    Apply online at the link shown below (link will only be visible during application open dates).

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applications will be assessed by a selection panel in the month following the closing date.  All applicants can expect to receive an outcome 6 weeks after the closing date.

What are the benefits?

The $15,000 grant will be payable in two parts in the following year and a six monthly progress report will be required to release the second allocation.

The information listed here is subject to change without notice. Where we have listed information about jointly run scholarships programs, please also see our partners' websites. Information describing the number and value of scholarships awarded is indicative.