The Natalie Miller Fellowship invites women in the Australian screen industry to apply for its annual grant of up to $20,000, designed to inspire the next generation of female leaders to achieve outstanding success at the top of their fields.
The NMF look for proposals that not only have strong personal benefits to the applicant but can have a long-term positive impact on the wider Australian screen community.
Applications for the 2021 Natalie Miller Fellowship Annual Grant are now open.
EXTENSION ANNOUNCED – The 2021 Natalie Miller Fellowship application deadline has been extended by two weeks, due midnight Sunday, September 12, 2021.
Who Can Apply?
The Natalie Miller Fellowship is open to all female and female-identifying professionals, working in the Australian screen industry, who:
- have a minimum of five years of professional experience;
- can demonstrate a notable track record;
- can demonstrate leadership potential, business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit;
- have the potential to be a credible ambassador for articulating the aims and objectives of the NMF.
Your proposal will demonstrate:
- be based on a one-year timeline of activities;
- how you will reach your leadership goals in an appropriate and timely manner;
- the boldness of your initiative, as well as a strong vision of leadership;
- how you as a future leader will have long-term benefits to the wider screen industry.
You may find it helpful to read about the previous Fellowship recipients and their professional development programs.
2021 Key Dates
Applications open – Tuesday 5 July, 2021
Applications close – midnight, Sunday 12 September 2021.
Applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted.
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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
- A detailed budget for your proposal, including any additional funding you are applying for or have received (download the template here).
- Timeline for your proposal (download the template here).
- Proposal description (300-500 words or 2-3 minute video pitch) – a succinct description of your proposal including evidence of your ability to execute the project
- Proposal outcomes (500-800 words or 2-3 minute video pitch) – how the Natalie Miller Fellowship would contribute to your professional development and how it would benefit the wider screen community
- CV including details of the business/creative output, education and employment history
- Two signed letters of reference supporting your proposal, including contact details
- A confirmation letter, if relevant, of acceptance into a professional opportunity, e.g. mentor or internship
Applicants can choose to supply their Proposal Description and Proposal Outcomes as either written documents or video pitches.
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 proposals.
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 2021 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 Panel, made up of an independent panel of highly respected members of the screen community, the President of the NMF and Natalie Miller AO. Most of the panel members change every year. All decisions are final, and the Natalie Miller Fellowship Management and Selection Panel retains all discretion in awarding the Fellowship.
The Fellowship is proudly supported by co-sponsors Village Roadshow and independent sports and entertainment studio, KOJO, with each providing $50,000 over five years to support the Fellowship.