ANU-logo2014 H.C. Coombs Creative Arts Fellowship – call for nominations.

ANU Schools and Centres from relevant areas are invited to nominate a Writer for the 2014 H.C. Coombs Creative Arts Fellowship.

    • In 2014 a Fellowship will be offered in the area of literature, prose, poetry or script writing.

The Fellowship will then rotate in the following manner:

  • 2014 Writing (including literature, prose, poetry, script writing)
  • 2015 Visual Arts (including visual arts, new media film & video)
  • 2016 Performance (including theatre, music, dance)

The purpose of the Fellowship is to allow the recipient to: –

    • engage in a period of uninterrupted creative work in residence at the Australian National University, to conduct research and develop new ideas.
    • contribute to the fostering of the creative arts within the University.
    • interact with the University academic community, staff, students and visitors.

The Fellowship is intended for experienced individuals including those from traditional backgrounds with recognised professional standing in their community, who are in mid-career and who have an established arts practice, normally a minimum of five years professional practice.

Applicants should be Australian citizens, have formal residency status in Australia, or have a strong Australian connection sufficient to demonstrate that the benefits of the Fellowship will contribute to the development of Australia’s contemporary culture.

The Australian National University is committed to the promotion of equal opportunity for all persons, including women, people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island descent, people of all racial and ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

The Fellow is normally expected to be in residence at the University for a maximum of five months at least, half of which should be during the teaching periods.

Individuals for whom professional practice precludes long-term continuous residency should demonstrate how shorter or intermittent residency periods could achieve the goals of the Fellowship.

The H. C. Coombs Creative Arts Fellowship is administered by the Research School of Humanities & the Arts (RSHA) and a H. C. Coombs Creative Arts Fellow Advisory Committee. This Committee is chaired by the Director of RSHA with representatives from the University. Two independent specialists may also be invited each year, with specific expertise to the discipline being considered.

The Fellowship is up to $33,000, which is intended to cover accommodation, travel, living expenses and material costs (associated with the Fellows particular discipline). Funds must be spent in the year the Fellowship is undertaken and funds will not be carried forward. Depending upon the area of practice and individual requirements, the Fellowship will offer study or studio facilities at the University to the recipient. In some cases, these may need to be shared with others. For applicants proposing intermittent periods of residency, their applications should contain a proposal of how the available funding should be structured to enable their Fellowship to proceed.

Nominations must be supported by an academic unit of the University. Guidelines for nomination can be found at  Written nominations should be submitted by that academic unit of the University on behalf of the nominated person.

Please note that only hard copy nominations will be accepted. An acknowledgement of the nomination will be sent.

Applications MUST be sent to:

Suzanne Knight, Executive Officer, Research School of Humanities & the Arts, Sir Roland Wilson Building, Bld #120, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200

Closing date for submissions is generally the end of October each year however given the late circulation of notice this year the closing date will be extended to 30 November 2013.

Please contact Suzanne Knight for more details: 
E: or T: (02) 6125 3901.

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