You are in site section: About us

Support the program

Encounters Indigenous cultural workers scholarships

A major legacy from the Encounters exhibition is the creation of the Indigenous Scholarships program delivered in partnership with The Prince’s Charities Australia. Starting in 2016, this annual program will enable six Indigenous cultural workers from regional and remote communities to take part in an intensive three-month scholarship, providing them with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop museum-related skills and capabilities.

National Museum of Australia Director, Dr Mathew Trinca, on the importance of supporting the Encounters Indigenous Scholarships program.

The program

The scholarship program was established by the National Museum of Australia following extensive consultation with Indigenous communities during the development of the Encounters exhibition. Through this process, there was an identified need to provide new learning experiences for community-based Indigenous cultural workers to expand their cultural management skills and capabilities.

The Encounters Indigenous Scholarships will provide the successful applicants with the opportunity to undertake research and professional development at the National Museum in Canberra, the British Museum and the Prince's School of Traditional Arts in London.

They will develop skills and knowledge over a diverse range of professional practices, including exhibition development, museum education programs and basic conservation techniques.

Community benefits

A unique component of the program will be identifying how this acquired experience will benefit existing or proposed cultural programs that will make a difference within the participant’s community. By the end of the program, the participants will have developed strategies and an action plan to implement when they return to their community.

The impact of the scholarships will extend well beyond the participants, enriching their communities for years to come. It is anticipated that the program will set up participants to make a very real contribution to Indigenous culture over the course of their entire careers.

How you can help

The Museum and The Prince’s Charities Australia will provide the core funding for the inaugural Encounters Indigenous Scholarships program. However, we are seeking public donations that will go directly to meeting the training costs of each scholarship holder.

Please donate to the Encounters Indigenous Scholarships program and support the Indigenous cultural leaders of the future.

Donation options


Complete this online form to make a donation to the Encounters Indigenous Scholarships program 


Cheques should be made payable to the National Museum of Australia and posted to:

National Museum of Australia
GPO Box 1901

Further information

If you would like further information or to discuss the possibility of supporting a named scholarship please contact:

Annalisa Millar, Head of Development
Tel: +61 (0)2 6208 5040

All donations to the National Museum Fund will attract a tax-deductible receipt.


The Prince’s Charities Australia

2016 Scholarship program

Applications open: Wednesday 6 April 2016

Applications close: Monday 6 June 2016

Applicants notified and interviews conducted: July 2016

Program begins: Monday 29 August 2016

Program ends: Friday 18 November 2016

More information is available at Encounters Indigenous Cultural Workers Scholarships