Eric Ormond Baker Scholarship

The Eric Ormond Baker Scholarship provides Screen and Cultural Studies postgraduate students the opportunity to fund an Australian or international industry-based internship. Worth 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, Media and Communication, Cultural Studies and Arts and Cultural Management.

Applications open

3 Aug 2020

Applications closed

14 Sep 2020

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 need to:

    • be an Australian citizen residing in Victoria and
    • undertake an Australian or international industry-based placement with an approved provider for a minimum of 20 days and a maximum of 6 months.
    • be currently enrolled in postgraduate 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

    Recipients are required to:

    • accept the award online within 21 days
    • submit a final report within two months of completing the internship
    • submit a report two months following the internship. This should outline the outcomes of the scholarship (such as research findings, the value of the placement and recommendations for further research and scholarship in the field).
  • Application process

    Travel can be undertaken up until December 2021. 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
    • evidence of approval from your proposed internship host (this may be conditional given current travel bans)
    • 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 8-10 weeks after the closing date.

  • About the donor

    Trustees of the Eric Ormond Baker Charitable Fund

    The scholarship has been made available through the Eric Ormond Baker Charitable Fund and the particular interests of trustee and Screen Studies alumnus Graeme Baker.

What are the benefits?

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


The Faculty of Arts will continue the application and awarding process for scholarships in 2020. Travel scholarship recipients will be granted extended travel dates. Find out how the University is responding to the COVID-19 situation.


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