Apply for a NIDA Open Equity Scholarship

To celebrate NIDA’s 60th anniversary, NIDA Open has committed up to $25,000 worth of complimentary tuition to help young people who are experiencing barriers to participation in the arts including, financial or other disadvantage to achieve their full creative potential.

The NIDA Open Equity Scholarships are available throughout the 2019 spring holiday program period and are open to all secondary school-aged students nationally, regardless of previous experience or professional ambition.

Applications can be made by individuals or by an organisation on behalf of a young person identified as a suitable scholarship applicant.

If you or a young person you know wants to experience a NIDA Open course and would like some support to achieve this goal, we want to hear from you!

Nominate Yourself

Nominate a Student


2019 spring school holidays across Australia, 21 September–13 October. Dates of courses and school holiday periods vary in each state through this time period. Please note scholarships are not available for courses outside this time period.


Capital cities and selected regional centers nationally where a NIDA Open course for young people is being offered. See the location links below for more details about which courses are being offered in each location.

Applications Dates

Applications open 27 May 2019, and close at 9am, Monday 29 July 2019.

Application process

An organisation nominating a young person

Organisations are required to:
1. Write a short statement about why the young person they are nominating would benefit from this opportunity. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide access to NIDA Open courses, for any young person who may be experiencing economic or social disadvantage.
2. Consider how the organisation or community may need to provide additional support, should it be required, to ensure the young person gets the most out of their NIDA Open experience.
3. Suggest which course in your local area the young person would most like to attend.

An individual young person nominating themselves

Applicants are required to:
1. Write a personal statement about how you would benefit from this opportunity.
2. Submit one short letter of support from a community leader: teacher, elder, local artist, etc. The support letter should detail why you should receive a scholarship to support your participation, what you will gain from this experience – be that personal or professional development – and how the community will be supporting you to attend, if additional support is required.
3. Suggest which course in your local area you would most like to attend.

If you have a question about the 2019 NIDA Open Equity Scholarship program, please contact us on 1300 450 417 or email at

Please read carefully

Equity scholarships are conferred at the discretion of NIDA Open staff. We will endeavor to provide support to as many young people as possible however there are location limits and a combined total limit to the value of $25,000 in any calendar year. The decision of NIDA staff is final and no further correspondence shall be entered into.

The full cost of tuition for your nominated course is covered by this scholarship. Costs of travel, accommodation, food and any additional supports required 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. 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 online channels, marketing materials or in other media communications. Participants may decline to be interviewed for personal, cultural or legal reasons.

Applications close strictly at 9am, Monday 29 July 2019. Letters of support must also be received by the closing date.

Applications will be assessed by the National Short Course Manager, Senior Program Manager, Business Manager and Director of Public Programs, and then confirmed by NIDA’s General Manager.

Successful applicants will be notified by phone and email on or after 23 August 2019. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email on or after 30 August 2019 to the email address submitted in your application.

Equity scholarships are available for any spring holiday course designed for young people in secondary school grades nationally. Applicants should nominate by preference which course they would like a scholarship for in their application.

Follow the links below to see which courses for secondary school-aged students are being offered in your local area.

Sydney – NIDA Kensington
Sydney – Chatswood
Sydney – Parramatta
Sydney – Kellyville
Sydney – Campbelltown


Melbourne (NIDA Melbourne)


Perth (Fremantle)

Gold Coast



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