The Natalie Miller Fellowship awards an annual grant of up to $20,000 to a woman working in the Australian screen industries who has demonstrated initiative, entrepreneurship and excellence and who has a personal professional development proposal that would assist her to reach her full potential in any field of the screen industry.
BENEFITS OF THE NATALIE MILLER FELLOWSHIP
The successful applicant will receive a grant of up to $20,000 for a program of development in their field that will deliver significant benefits to the applicant and the wider Australian screen community.
When the term of the successful applicant’s Natalie Miller Fellowship development program is complete a written report will be required.
WHO CAN APPLY?
The Natalie Miller Fellowship is open to any woman already working in the Australian screen industry, who has the potential to inspire others and provide leadership in her field.
We recognise that leadership takes many forms, and as such, offers applicants the freedom and opportunity to be creative and bold in nominating what is their personal next step towards fulfilling their leadership potential, thereby contributing to a healthy, dynamic and vital Australian screen industry.
Women working in any area of the Australian screen industry can apply, including but not limited to all areas of production, post-production, exhibition, broadcast, distribution, festivals, events, finance, services, screen agencies and guilds.
We encourage applications from women of diverse backgrounds, CALD women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and rural and regional applicants.
We encourage applications from women who are seeking financial assistance in order to take the next step in their career through professional development. This could be through attachments, internships, secondments, travel, and other means.
Applicants are required to have been working professionally in the screen industry for a minimum of five years (it does not need to be continuous or consecutive experience).
There is no limit on age.
NOTE: Applications for script development, production investment or business investment are not eligible.
Previous applicants are encouraged to re-apply for the Fellowship.
You may find it helpful to read about the previous Fellowship recipients and their professional development programs.
When applying for a proposal that exceeds the Natalie Miller Fellowship grant, information must be provided by the applicant as to how the proposal will be additionally funded.
Applications open – Monday 20 May 2019.
Applications close – Friday 23 August 2019.
Applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted by mid-late September.
It is expected that the recipient of the Natalie Miller Fellowship will be announced in mid-November.
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All applicants are required to provide the following as part of the online application form:
- A short bio (up to 200 words)
- Proposal summary (100-150 words) – a brief outline of your professional development proposal
- Detailed budget for your proposal, including any additional funding you are applying for or have received
- Timeline for your proposal
- Proposal description (300-500 words) – a succinct description of your proposal including evidence of your ability to execute the project
- Proposal outcomes (500-800 words) – how the Natalie Miller Fellowship would contribute to your professional development and how it would benefit the wider screen community
- CV including details of business/creative output, education and employment history
- Two signed letters of reference supporting your proposal, including contact details
- Confirmation letter, if relevant, of acceptance into a professional opportunity, e.g. mentor or internship
There are no restrictions on what proposals can be submitted other than they are not for script development, screen production investment or business investment.
Applications should address your immediate professional development goals as well as your longer-term aspirations, and discuss how your proposal will help you achieve this. Applicants are encouraged to be innovative, daring and ambitious in designing their own proposal.
Any major changes to the successful applicant’s professional development program must be approved by the NMF prior to commencement. At the completion of their program, a written report will be required to be submitted and an opportunity may be provided to report on their experience at an industry event.
The professional development program may be commenced in the 2020 calendar year. At the completion of the successful applicant’s professional development program, a written report will be required to be submitted and an opportunity may be provided to report on their experience at an industry event.
The Fellowship will be awarded on the advice of the Natalie Miller Fellowship Selection Committee, by an independent panel of highly respected members of the screen community. Most of the panel members change every year. All decisions are final, and the Natalie Miller Fellowship Management and Selection Committees retain all discretion in awarding the Fellowship.
HOW IS THE NATALIE MILLER FELLOWSHIP FUNDED?
The Natalie Miller Fellowship is funded thanks to the generous support of partners, sponsors, government, private corporations and the general public. Donations are gratefully received from government, corporations, screen organisations, individual members of the screen community, and philanthropically-minded members of the general public. All donations over $2 are eligible for tax deductibility.