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More information on preparing your application for the 2019 Encounters Fellowships.


Two referee statements must be included in your application:

  • Personal referee: may be an elder or community leader who knows you well and is able to describe how the fellowship would benefit you.
  • Professional referee: may be an employer (past or present) or another community member such as the head of a cultural centre or keeping place, or a teacher, who knows of your work experience.

Statements should be no longer than 400 words and include the referee’s name, position and contact phone number and email. Each statement needs to be signed by the referee.

Employer’s endorsement — letter of support

Applicants who are currently working require the endorsement of their employer to participate in the program. This letter should demonstrate in-principle support for the applicant’s proposed project.

There will be significant periods of time away from your workplace, as well as the need for ongoing consultation with your employer regarding your project as you progress through the program. It is important your employer approves of your participation and your proposed project.

If possible, please provide a letter of support from your employer with your application. If you cannot obtain a letter of support before the application period closes, it may be possible to submit at a later date. Please discuss with the program manager.

Curriculum vitae or resume

This should summarise your work experience and qualifications or other achievements. It should be no more than three pages and include a recent photo.

What to expect if you are shortlisted

If your application and first round interview have been successful and you are shortlisted for a second interview, then you will need to complete a National Police History Check. This is standard procedure for working at the National Museum of Australia and other cultural institutions in Canberra.

If you have been shortlisted, we will contact you about the police history check and the required documentation. This will be processed by the Museum on your behalf. If you have any questions we encourage you to contact the Program Manager.

Fellowship agreement

Successful fellows will be required to enter into a fellowship agreement with the National Museum of Australia to accept the terms and conditions of the fellowship and confirm their placement.


There may be tax implications for successful applicants. Any allowance paid to fellows is likely to be treated as assessable income. The National Museum of Australia recommends that fellows keep receipts for all expenditure during their fellowship and seek independent advice regarding their eligibility to claim tax deductions.

There may be GST implications for allowances paid to fellowship recipients who are self-employed or hold an ABN.

Passport ready

If you are successful, you will need a current Australian passport to cover the period of travel.  Some countries require your passport to be valid for at least six months beyond the travel dates. For more information visit the Australian Passport Office website.

You only need apply for a passport if your application is successful.

Contact us
Phone: Simon Goode, Program Coordinator, +61 2 6208 5178
Ethan Williams, Cultural Connections Coordinator, +61 2 6208 5097
Carly Davenport Acker, Cultural Connections Program Manager, +61 2 6208 5042
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