NIDA is pleased, through the generosity of the Luminis Foundation, to open applications to an Indigenous Fellowship for the 2019 Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership).


Funding 50% of the course fee, the Luminis Foundation Indigenous Fellowship for Cultural Leadership supports Indigenous professionals who are playing a pivotal or emerging role in shaping Australia’s creative and cultural future. Canberra glass artist and curator Mel George (pictured above) was the inaugural recipient of this Fellowship. She has now been promoted to Manager of Ernabella Arts in central Australia, which is the longest serving continuous Indigenous art centre in Australia.

‘The course is helping me to understand where I fit in the larger Australian cultural landscape and that what I do is important for the cultural sector.’ – Mel George, current student

All short-listed applicants who identify as Indigenous will be considered for the Fellowship – applicants are ranked according to the interview criteria. A second interview is conducted for short-listed applicants. The highest ranked Indigenous applicants are considered and selected by a panel following the second interview.

Applications for the 2019 intake of the MFA (Cultural Leadership) are open until 30 September 2018. Please visit for more info.


You can find out more about the course and how to apply here, or by emailing me at


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