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Encounters Indigenous Cultural Workers Scholarships

The Encounters Indigenous Cultural Workers Scholarships are an exciting opportunity and legacy that emerged from the Encounters exhibition. The scholarships are delivered by the National Museum of Australia in partnership with The Prince’s Charities Australia.

Inaugural scholarship interns

Our six scholarship interns are embarking on a three-month intensive internship in Australia and the United Kingdom from September 2016. Click on the images below for more on our interns

  • Leitha Assan
    Leitha Assan
  • Sheree Blackley
    Sheree Blackley
  • Kylie Caldwell
    Kylie Caldwell
  • Nadine Lee
    Nadine Lee
  • Tanya Prizmic-Carter
    Tanya Prizmic-Carter
  • Finola Woodley
    Finola Woodley

While in Canberra the interns will connect with staff across the National Museum and visit other cultural institutions. In the United Kingdom they will experience short residencies and cultural study tours at institutions including The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, the British Museum, the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University, the Horniman Museum and and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. The interns will also develop a project relevant to their community work.

A group of seven women; with three standing at the back and four seated at front.
Inaugural scholarship interns with the National Museum’s Pat Willamson (third from front left). Photos: George Serras.


The Encounters scholarships program gives hands-on experience to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from remote and regional communities who work in the cultural heritage sector.

It was developed after extensive community consultation for the Encounters exhibition. The project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts’ Catalyst — Australian Arts and Culture Fund.

The total value of the scholarship for each recipient is $40,000. This includes a weekly stipend or allowance of $1000 per week for 12 weeks.


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