Postgraduate Scholarships and Opportunities

NAS offers valuable professional development opportunities to graduating students. Including:

  • International Residencies
  • Scholarships to support further study & research travel
  • Awards with a total value of $200k per year
  • Exhibitions
  • Internships

These opportunities ensure that the talent & artistic potential of our students continues to develop & flourish beyond study at NAS.


The National Art School (NAS) is now accepting applications for the 2024 Aboriginal Art Centre Internship program. Now in its twelfth year, this internship program is made possible through the generous support of Sharon Toffler and Mark Tedeschi AM QC.

These internships provide graduating students with an opportunity to acquire practical arts management experience and training in an active Aboriginal community art centre environment. Working closely with the Art Centre Manager, interns will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with artists and day-to-day arts centre operations. Successful applicants are expected to take up the internship in 2024.

In 2024 Internships will be offered with Ernabella Arts Incorporated in far north-west South Australia and Tapatjatjaka Arts located at Titjikala, Northern Territory. Recipients will be provided with transport to and from the art centre, accommodation, and stipend for the ten-week period of the internship.

Applications are open to students completing the Bachelor of Fine Art or Master of Fine Art programs in 2023.

Applications for the 2024 program are now closed.

Application form and guidelines are available here:

AACI Internship Information

AACI Internship Application Form



An annual award of $10,000 in commemoration of Mark Henry Cain, an artist trained at Glasgow School of Art who relocated to Sydney in 1937. The Mark Henry Cain Memorial Scholarship supports an MFA student to travel for their artistic research for a period of 6-8 weeks in the UK (including England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland). The award is supported by generous endowment made by a private donor. 

Applications deadline close June 16, 2024. 

Applicants notified of outcome by July 31, 2024. 


The scholarship is open to currently enrolled full time MFA1 students. 

Travel Dates 

The successful applicant is expected to travel to the UK in the academic year break, in the period November 2024 – February 2025.  

Selection Criteria: 

The Scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who: 

  • Has displayed a high level of achievement and dedication in their practice, 
  • Demonstrates clarity of purpose and a compelling rationale for their proposed study trip, and, 
  • In the opinion of the judges would benefit artistically and professionally from the research trip at this stage of their career. 

Selection Panel 

Applications will be considered by a selection panel comprising suitable representatives of the National Art School. The panel may request to meet with an applicant for an interview to discuss their application. Please note the selection committee will only consider fully completed applications for the award. 

Application Materials 

Please prepare the following required documentation to support your application. All applications must be made online by the deadline. Please reach out to Student Services if you need assistance with the application process. 

  1. CV 1 page only, including previous exhibitions and other relevant professional experience. 
  2. MFA Proposal
    1. Provide your most recent revised MFA proposal.
  3. Travel Proposal 

Prepare a proposal (no more than 750 words) for a 6-8 week research trip to the United Kingdom. The proposal must include: 

  1. Clear rationale for a research trip to the UK, including how it will benefit your MFA research, and your artistic and academic development at this stage of your studies.
  2. A draft itinerary of travel timelines and indicative budget of expenses. 
  3. Details of galleries and museums you plan to visit, any specific artists’ work you plan to study, and any other research and/or professional activities to be undertaken during your trip. 
  4. IMAGES. All applicants must upload a maximum of 3-5 relevant images of recent works, with one image per page in a PDF format. Each slide should include the name of artist, title, date, medium, and dimensions.  The selected works should best represent your current practice, and indicate the direction of your proposed travel research. This may include works in progress, if relevant. 


All applicants must provide the name, phone numbers, and email addresses of two referees, academic or arts professionals. 


Following return to Australia, the scholarship recipient will be required to: 

  • Submit an approximately 1000 word report, including images, no later than eight weeks after returning from their travels, describing the outcomes of their experience and how it benefited their research and practice. This may be included in promotional materials. 
  • Make a public presentation to the NAS community about their residency experience and outcomes (dates tbc). This may include ideas research, places visited, works made and how this has supported your practice. 

Mark Henry Cain Scholarship Application Form


The East Sydney Doctors Scholarship is a generous opportunity funded by East Sydney Doctors, providing $5,000 to a student completing the first year of the Master of Fine Art degree and going into the second year of the program at the National Art School.

The recipient is intended to use them as a stipend to support living and study expenses.

This Award is open to students continuing their progress in the Master of Fine Art program at the National Art School.

East Sydney Doctors Scholarship application guidelines

East Sydney Doctors Scholarship application form

Applications for 2024 are now closed.


The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre boasts an on-site, live-in artist in residence studio called the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio (AIR).

The AIR studio is generously supported by benefactor Mr Tim Fairfax AC and named in honour of his mother Nancy Fairfax, who was a great friend of Margaret Olley.

The AIR program includes:

  • A $5000 stipend
  • A two to four-week studio residency in March 2024
  • A three-month solo exhibition in 2025, in the Friends Gallery at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre.

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre Nancy Fairfax (AIR) Award Information and EOI form

Applications for 2024 are now closed.


The Lift Off Award, generously funded by private donors, will provide $20,000 to a promising graduating MFA candidate from the National Art School.

The successful recipient will be eligible to use the funding to undertake an artist residency, international travel, to establish a studio, purchase specialised equipment, mount an exhibition, a publication or any project that requires a lift off to support their burgeoning art practice.

Lift Off Award Application Guidelines

Lift Off Award Application Form

Applications for 2024 are now closed.


The National Art School is proud to have a generous scholarship of $20,000 to support a student studying in the Master of Fine Art Program. Funded by the Clitheroe Foundation, this scholarship is open to current Bachelor of Fine Art Students who are immediately applying to continue study at the School in the Master of Fine Art program. The scholarship can be used for fees and course costs or as a stipend to support living expenses for the two-year duration of the course.

Applications for the scholarship are made as part of the application to the Master of Fine Art program, and more information can be found below.

Click below to download information about the scholarship:

Clitheroe Foundation Info

Applications for 2024 have now closed.


The Standish & Co Scholarship, a newly established opportunity generously funded by Standish & Co, provides $10,000 to a student continuing from the Bachelor of Fine Art Program into the Master of Fine Art program and majoring in Photomedia. The recipient is intended to use the funds as a stipend to support living and study expenses. The Scholarship also provides $5,000 of in-kind printing at Look Print over the two years of the MFA degree.

This scholarship is open to current Bachelor of Fine Art Students who are immediately applying to continue study at the School in the Master of Fine Art program in Photomedia 

Applications for 2024 have now closed.

Standish & Co Scholarship information


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