One of 12 NIDA Open Scholarships could be yours!

Created for young people with an interest in progressing or beginning their journey in the arts, the newly-launched NIDA Open Scholarship program will give 12 successful applicants full scholarships on specified Open courses.

Available to students in grades 7–12 (grades 8–12 in Adelaide), the program is open to all young people irrespective of previous experience or training. You don’t need to have a background in the performing arts to apply, all you really need is a strong desire to bring some inspirational acting training into your life (we’ve got the tuition fees covered).

But if you do have experience then we’d like to hear from you too.


2017 spring school holidays


Application closing date

9am, Monday 28 August 2017

Application process

Applicants are required to:

1. make a personal statement about how they would benefit from this opportunity

2. submit two short letters of support from community leaders: teachers, elders, local artists, etc. The support letters should detail why the young person is a worthy candidate for a scholarship, what the young person would gain from this experience – be that personal or professional development – and how the community will be supporting them to attend, if additional support is required.

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If you have a question about the 2017 National NIDA Open Scholarship Program, please contact us on
1300 450 417 or email at

Please read carefully

The full cost of tuition is covered by this scholarship. Costs of travel, accommodation and food remain at the participants' expense.

All applicants must be able to attend and fully contribute to the course for the entire scholarship period as awarded (course duration varies in each location and by grade). The scholarship place cannot be transferred to another time period or person.

Successful applicants may be asked to complete a short interview about their experience for use on NIDA’s blog, marketing materials or in other media communications.

Applications close strictly at 9am on Monday 28 August 2017. Letters of support must also be received by the closing date.

Applications will be assessed by the National Short Course Manager, Senior Program Manager and Head of NIDA Open, and then presented for confirmation to NIDA’s Chief Commercial Officer and Director/CEO.

Successful applicants will be notified by phone and email on or after 1 September 2017. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email on or after September 1, 2017 to the email address submitted in your application.

This scholarship is for Australian citizens/residents only.

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