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Encounters Fellowships offer up to 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, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

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 $1,500 weekly stipend and an allowance for travel, accommodation and living costs for the duration of the Program.

Applications for the 2024 Program are closed. If you have any queries, please email Shona Coyne on


We thank our generous donors and supporters of the Encounters Fellowship Program, with special acknowledgement to those who have donated anonymously.

We especially thank The Kerridge Foundation for their ongoing support of the Program and the Prince’s Trust Australia, the key partner of the inaugural 2016 fellowships.

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