Carclew's career development Fellowship program allows for an artist or arts worker aged 26 years or under, to pitch a bespoke professional development proposal. 

Applicants practicing in all creative mediums (as well as the technical, administration and production areas) can request financial support up to $10,000. 

You could choose to study at an international summer school, participate in masterclasses, residencies, internships or mentorships, or immerse yourself in a different and challenging environment to be exposed to innovation and cutting edge ideas. 

Applicants may use a small portion of their proposed budget towards a project, provided it clearly supports their professional development. 

Applications close 11.59pm, 1 September 2020. 


Carclew Fellowships offer financial support to emerging cultural and creative artists for: 

  • Arts career building 
  • Skills development 
  • Exploring new art form practice, methods and techniques 
  • Research towards creative development 

Areas of practice for the purpose of the Fellowship can include (but are not limited to): 

  • Arts Administration & Industry Pathways: arts administration, project management, technical and production, event management 
  • Digital Platforms: film, video, documentary, cinematography, animation, trans-media production, biotechnology and arts, virtual reality, gaming, research into new technologies for screen and media works 
  • Performing Arts: theatre, puppetry, performance art, dance, music, sound, circus, physical theatre, cabaret, musical theatre, opera, comedy 
  • Visual Arts: curatorial practice, sculpture, drawing, painting, digital media, photography, design, ceramics, glass, crafts, printmaking, mixed media, installation 
  • Written Word: novels, scripts, poetry, prose, spoken word, short stories, long form articles, plays, film scripts, graphic novels 
  • Community: community and cultural development, community arts, cultural practice 

Funding available 

Up to $10,000 depending on the scope of the proposal. 

Key dates 

  • Applications close 11:59pm (ACST) Tuesday, 1 September 2020 
  • Notification of outcome November 2020 
  • Fellowship to commence after 1 January 2021 and completed by 31 December 2021 
  • Acquittal reports must be submitted 6 weeks after the Fellowship is completed 

Essential information 

What the Fellowship does support (but not limited to): 

  • Skills development workshops, masterclasses and summer schools. 
  • Structured networking as part of a broader professional development program.  
  • Dedicated time to develop professional writing.  
  • One year of a post-graduate study.  
  • Mentorships, internships, attachments or residencies. 
  • Project and project administration costs for proposed development activity.   
  • Reasonable travel and living costs during the creative development activity. 

What the Fellowship does not support: 

  • A course of study that falls within the Austudy or Abstudy award 

(if unsure click here for approved courses under the Austudy or Abstudy award) 

  • A course of under-graduate study 
  • The purchase of equipment or expenditure for capital items (film and new media applicants may purchase smaller items of equipment as approved by Carclew) 
  • A proposal largely based around attendance at arts events (e.g. festivals, launches, conferences) 
  • Study costs for activity the applicant has already commenced 
  • Activity that is coordinated by post- secondary institutions or part of tertiary study requirement and/or credits in any way 


  • Applicants must be aged 26 years of age or under as at 1 July 2020 
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a track record as a practising artist or Arts Worker in any artform. 
  • Applicants must be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or an Australian citizen or have permanent resident status in Australia, and currently live and make work in South Australia. NOTE RE COVID-19 Travel restrictions: Please contact us to discuss your eligibility if your current place of residence has been impacted due to COVID-19. 
  • If you have previously received Carclew funding, you must have no outstanding funding acquittal reports. 
  • If you are currently repaying a Carclew QuickSTART Microloans you will not be considered for this Fellowship. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants 

Carclew is committed to driving reconciliation through employment and training opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. A minimum of one Fellowship will be awarded to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicant. Please read Carclew’s Reconciliation Action Plan here. 

COVID-19 considerations 

Applicants must ensure that their professional development proposal is achievable and realistic in the current COVID-19 pandemic environment. This includes social distancing, hygiene measures, and especially in relation to travel restrictions. If evidence of confirmation for travel bookings cannot be provided by the application closing date, the applicants proposal should include an alternative plan. For the latest up to date government COVID-19 information click here. 

Assessment criteria 

Applications will be assessed by an independent Artistic Peer Advisory Committee (APAC). APAC will make their assessment based on the application being able to demonstrate the following: 

  • A solid professional development and/or training outcome that will build on the current skills of the applicant. 
  • Where a course of study is proposed that there is evidence of the applicant’s acceptance from the study institution. 
  • That the organisation or artist/mentor has the ability required to support skills development of the applicant to achieve the outcomes proposed. 
  • Outstanding motivation, talent and potential in the applicant’s art practice. 
  • Commitment to pursing high standards of artistic achievement. 
  • The funding request is appropriate for the proposal. 
  • How the Fellowship will further develop the applicant's practice as a South Australian creative practitioner. 


All applications for Fellowships must be submitted online using this form. 

Within the online form, you have the option of submitting most of your application in written, video or audio format.  

Valuable assistance in developing your application is available by: 

  • Checking out previous Fellowship recipients using the tabs for each year in the menu above, or watch the videos below 
  • Attending a scheduled grant information session (see below) 
  • Arranging a one-on-one consult to discuss your project proposal (see below) 

Click here to apply now!

Money Talks Online | Carclew Fellowships Information Session 

Thursday 23 July, 5:30 – 7:00pm 
Online via Zoom

Money Talks | Carclew Grants Information Sessions offers handy tips and tricks when applying for grants through Carclew. This information session will cover everything you need to know step by step, including how to define your project, meeting the criteria, which support materials to include, how to calculate costs and organise your budget. 

Write on the Money | Presented by Helpmann Academy and Carclew
WHEN: Tuesday 11 August, 5:30 - 7:00pm
WHERE: Online webinar over Zoom
Write on the Money is a free webinar for creatives applying for grants with either Carclew, Helpmann Academy or both. This will be a practical, informative session to help you secure the support you need to get your project off the ground. Learn how to summarise your project, respond to criteria, conquer your budget, and make a selection panel sit up in their chair and take notice


All applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposal prior to submitting a grant application. You can make a consult booking with a Carclew staff member below. 

NB: No consults will be available in the final week before the application deadline. 

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Disability services & support organisation. Do you need help with the application process? Access2Arts has specialised grants knowledge and can provide individualised advice for you and your application. Martin provides Deaf and disabled artists with the guidance and support to navigate grant applications. Call 8463 1689 or email hello@access2arts.org.au to book in a time with him. 

Further enquiries 

Contact Carclew Executive Assistant Hana Fittes hfittes@carclew.org.au or (08) 8230 1102. 

Support Early Career Artists 

Carclew’s donations campaign supports early career artists through our Project grants and Fellowships program. Find out more about our donations campaign here. 

For further information, contact Lucy Markey, Senior Manager, Marketing & Development at lmarkey@carclew.org.au. 

Our sincerest thanks go to our current donors and Giving Circle members.

Below you can watch clips of Carclew alumni Madeleine Parry, Nelson Hedditch and Dan Daw talking about how Carclew funding helped kickstart their careers.