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Encounters Fellowships offer six people a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain professional development in a hands-on program that includes a placement at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra and experience at partner cultural institutions in Australia and the United Kingdom.

2019 fellows Meet our 2019 Encounters fellows
Program See full outline, activities and benefits
2016 fellows Meet our 2016 Encounters fellows

Successful applicants work alongside museum, gallery and cultural sector specialists, gaining behind-the-scenes experience in areas including collections research and preservation, exhibition planning, digital storytelling, educational programming, Indigenous design thinking, and project management.

Fellows receive a generous stipend for 12 weeks with the total support package valued at around $60,000.


Your tax deductible donation to our Encounters Fellowships Program helps support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural leaders of the future.

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Learn more about the fellowships, part of the legacy of the Encounters exhibition from the National Museum of Australia and the British Museum.

Helpful hints

Read our tips on preparing support material for your application and what to expect if you are shortlisted.

The National Museum of Australia gratefully acknowledges the Australian Government’s support of the Encounters Fellowships Program.

The Museum would like to thank The Prince’s Trust Australia, who as key partner of the inaugural 2016 fellowships generously supported the program and its recipients. This program is only possible with the ongoing support of the Museum’s private donors and sponsors. We thank you.

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