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2024 National Regional Arts Fellows

Expressions of Interest to the 2024 National Regional Arts Fellowship Program have now closed.

The National Regional Arts Fellowship Program is a strategic project supported by the Regional Arts Fund and delivered by Regional Arts Australia. Fellowships provide guaranteed income for regional artists and arts workers to develop work, skills, networks, or research. In 2024, we are seeking Fellowship proposals with a focus on economic, cultural and/or environmental sustainability.


Six fellowships will be awarded in 2024 with a total funding pool of $100,000. At least fifty percent of the fellowships provided will be targeted to cohorts that Regional Arts Australia has identified as being under-funded or under-represented in the Regional Arts Fund competitive grants program.

Creative & Professional Development: $20,000

  • Open round
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander applicants
  • d/Deaf applicants and/or applicants with disability

The Creative & Professional Development Fellowship provides $20,000 to regional artists and arts workers to support creative practice or professional development, with a focus on sustainability. In 2024, a total of four Creative & Professional Development Fellowships will be awarded. One will be designated for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander applicants, and one will be designated for applicants with lived experience of d/Deafness and/or disability.

Early Career Development: $10,000

  • Open round
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander applicants

The Early Career Development Fellowship provides $10,000 to regional artists and arts workers who are in the early stages of their practice or career and have had less access to funding opportunities. It supports the development of creative practice or professional development opportunities, with a focus on sustainability. In 2024, two Early Career Development Fellowships will be provided. One will be designated for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander applicants.

Applicants to the targeted streams will also be automatically considered for the open streams.


Applications will be accepted via an application form. If you cannot access the online application form, we will accept applications in other formats including Auslan, audio, video, printed, dictated, electronic and handwritten formats. Please contact the Regional Arts Australia Grant Manager to discuss alternative submission formats.

The application process is split into two stages: an expression of interest, followed by an expanded proposal for shortlisted applicants.

Stage One: Expressions of Interest

The expression of interest is designed for applicants to pitch a general idea to the assessment panel. Expressions of interest do not need to provide any confirmed partners, activities, or timelines. There is no budget submission. Expressions of interest will be assessed on the impact that the proposed activity will have on the applicants practice or career.

Applicants will be asked to provide the following:

  • Response: What do you propose to do? (300 words)
  • Response: What impact will this fellowship have on your practice or career? Consider assessment criteria 1, 2 and 3 in your response. (300 words)
  • Response: What are your key career or practice achievements to date? (200 words)
  • Response: How will you spend the funds? (200 words)
  • Alternatively, applicants may choose to provide the above responses as a five-minute audio or video recording.
  • Two referees that have agreed to provide a testimonial upon request.
  • Supporting material: CV and portfolio of past works (maximum 10 pages combined).

Stage Two: Expanded Proposal

Approximately 25 applicants will be shortlisted and invited to submit a more detailed proposal. Expanded proposals will be assessed on the viability of the proposed project, and will require confirmed partners, a project timeline, and a budget.

Applicants will be asked to provide the following:

  • Project Summary (250 words)
  • Key Outcomes (250 words)
  • Response to the four Assessment Criteria (250 words each)
  • Project Timeline
  • Project Partners (with letters of confirmation)
  • Budget


Applicants must be individuals who are based in regional Australia. You must have an active ABN that is registered to your name and location.

Individuals under 18 must be auspiced by an individual over 18 who has an active ABN.


Expressions of Interest open: 9:00am AEDT, Tuesday 6 February 2024

Information session: 7:00pm AEDT, Wednesday 21 February 2024

Expressions of Interest close: 11:59pm AEDT, Sunday 10 March 2024


Regional Arts Australia staff hosted an information session on Wednesday 21 February 2024 at 7:00pm AEDT. The session was an online webinar format, which covered the program design, application process, and provided an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. Captioning and Auslan interpretation was provided.

Watch the recording of the information session.


A list of frequently asked questions and answers is available here.

This document will be updated as new questions come in. Please check this document before sending a question through to Regional Arts Australia.