Eric Ormond Baker Scholarship

The Eric Ormond Baker Scholarship provides Screen and Cultural Studies graduate students with the opportunity to fund an industry-based internship. Offering up to $13,000, the scholarship covers travel and living costs associated with placements that last between 20 days - 6 months in duration. The scholarship is an important step in further strengthening and developing studies in Screen Studies and Cultural Studies.

Applications open

6 Dec 2021

Applications closed

14 Feb 2022

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $13,000

Applicable study areas

Language, literature and cultural studies

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 2

  • Duncan Caillard
    "From August to December 2018, I worked as a programming intern at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF). As one of the peak US film festivals concentrating on cinema from the Asia Pacific region, HIFF provided an excellent space for me to grow in my knowledge and understanding of the industry while making significant connections relevant to my career in the future."
    - Duncan Caillard
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be an Australian citizen residing in Victoria;
    • undertake an Australian industry-based placement with an approved provider for a minimum of 20 days and a maximum of 6 months; and,
    • be currently enrolled in graduate study in Screen and Cultural Studies within the School of Culture and Communication either in a PhD or Masters by Research, or in a Masters Coursework degree. Masters Coursework students should be enrolled in a minor research project.

    Selection criteria

    Applicants will be assessed and ranked on the following:

    • demonstrated academic merit; and,
    • a 1000-word statement of interest and intent that includes details of the organisation in which the internship is sought, the aims of the internship, and how it will enhance the applicant's expertise and professional development.
  • Application process

    Applicants should find a suitable host and secure a letter of support before applying.

    Advice on securing a placement can be found here. You can book a one-on-one session with student services for further advice here. Please take visas requirements into account when choosing your placement.

    Applicants should then submit an online application and upload the following supporting documents:

    • a copy of current academic transcript or statement of results;
    • a 1000-word statement of interest and intent that includes details of the organisation in which the internship is sought, the aims of the internship, and how it will enhance the applicant's expertise and professional development;
    • evidence of approval from your proposed internship host; and,
    • evidence of Australian citizenship.

    The School of Culture and Communication will assist in facilitating the internship where possible, however, it is the responsibility of the recipient to make their own arrangements. Attendance at key conferences and symposia would also be facilitated where possible.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 8 to 10 weeks after the closing date.

  • About the donor

    The Eric Ormond Baker Charitable Fund

    The Eric Ormond Baker Charitable Fund was established for the benefit of not-for-profit hospitals and public benevolent institutions or organisations established for either poverty relief, public scientific purposes or public educational purposes. Eric Ormond Baker was a Gentleman and Officer of Her Majesty’s Order of the British Empire and a Knight of the Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem and he enjoyed a 50-year career with the Myer Emporium Limited.

    The Eric Ormond Baker Scholarship has been made available through the Eric Ormond Baker Charitable Fund and the particular interests of trustee and Screen Studies alumnus Graeme Baker. The scholarship aims to promote advancement and leadership by offering students an opportunity, through travel, to pursue research, acquire professional experience, build professional relationships and expand their skills.

    Eric Ormond Baker's nephew, Graeme is himself a philanthropist, researcher and eLearning Advisor. Graeme’s academic qualifications were earned at the University of Melbourne where during his undergraduate years he majored in Art History and Cinema Studies. Graeme also achieved an Executive Master of Arts degree that combines traditional Arts strengths with a Business skill set. As part of that degree, Graeme completed an industry placement at the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) headquarters in Los Angeles, California for a period of six months, an experience he values as one of the most important from his time at University.

What are the benefits?

A single payment of up to $13,000 to support travel and living costs for the duration of the internship.

Recipients are required to:

  • accept the award online within 21 days; and,
  • submit a final report within two months of completing the internship. This should outline the outcomes of the scholarship such as research findings, the value of the placement and what opportunities for professional development were made available during the placement.


For complete listings of faculty-specific scholarships, please see individual faculty websites.

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.