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Applications open for 2019

The Encounters Fellowships Program is a professional development opportunity for emerging and mid-career Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in the cultural heritage or creative sectors.

The fellowships aim to increase the skills, experience and networks of recipients, with hands-on placements at the National Museum in Canberra and experience at partner institutions in Australia and the United Kingdom.

The 2019 fellowships program has been shaped by recommendations from the six inaugural recipients in 2016.

Professional development

The Encounters Fellowships emerged from recommendations by communities that worked with Museum on the 2015 award-winning Encounters exhibition, delivered in partnership with the British Museum.

In 2019, six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will embark on this intensive professional development journey that will take them behind the scenes of museums, galleries, libraries and universities.

This journey will be tailored to suit the needs and aspirations of each individual fellow. The program will support them to complete a project plan that connects their stories and perspectives and has capacity to revitalise and strengthen continuing cultural and creative practices.

Applications for the 2019 Encounters Fellowships Program close on 24 December 2018.

A small group of women look attentively towards a man who appears to be holding an object which looks like a torch.
Fellows with staff at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University
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