International Residencies

The International Residencies Program enables the artistic development of individual artists and groups by brokering and offering high quality residency experiences.

For more information about the International Residencies program, please click here.

The suite of International Residencies on offer in 2017-18 are:

Closing dates

In 2017, the international residencies round will close on:

  • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

Please note technical support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

If you are applying for funding for a self-organised residency, please apply through the Development Grants for Individuals category. Please check our website for 2016 closing dates.

Need help with your application? Contact a Grants Officer now.

Who can apply?

Only individuals and groups may apply to this category. To clarify whether you should apply as an individual or a group to a particular residency, contact a Grants Officer.

You must be a practicing artist or arts worker and an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

Who can’t apply

You can’t apply for a grant if:

  • you received a grant, or administered a grant, from the Australia Council in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted
  • you owe money to the Australia Council
  • you were successful in the previous round
  • you have already made three applications to categories listed under Australia Council Grant Programs this calendar year (funding proposals submitted to categories under Other Grants and Opportunities are not counted as one of your three applications).

We will not accept applications from legally constituted organisations in this category.

Peer assessment

Applications to the International Residencies Program will be assessed by peer panels appropriate to the arts practice for each residency.

Assessment criteria

Peers will assess your application against the following three criteria.

To assess how well your application meets our criteria, Peers consider a number of prompts. It is very important to note that not all of the prompts will apply to your application, but that they are examples of the things our peers may consider.  

Potential of the artist/artists

Peers will assess the potential of the artist/artists at the centre of your proposal. They may consider:

  • quality of work previously produced
  • artistic merit
  • ability, skills and creative thinking that suggests strong artistic potential
  • public or peer response to work previously produced.


Peers will assess the viability of your proposal. They may consider:

The skills and artistic ability of the people involved and their relevance to the proposed activity

  • realistic and achievable planning, resource use and evaluation
  • the role of any partners involved, including confirmation of their involvement
  • proposals which involve working with diverse audiences or communities, peers will look for demonstrated cultural competencies and appropriateness.

Impact on career

Peers will assess the impact the proposed activity will have on your career.  They may consider:

  • how the proposed activity strengthens your artistic practice
  • the relevance and timeliness of the proposed activity
  • how the proposed  activity enables you to discover and develop new markets, or meet existing market demand
  • how the proposed activity strengthens your capacity as an arts professional.

Application form

Apply for the International Residencies Program online here

The types of questions we ask in the application form include:

  • a title for your project
  • a summary of your project (approx. 100 words)
  • a brief bio of the artist or group applying (approx. 250 words)
  • an outline of your project and what you want to do (approx. 500 words)
  • a timetable or itinerary for your project
  • an outline of how this project will impact your career (approx. 250 words)
  • supporting material as relevant to your project, including an artistic example, bios of additional artists, and letters of support from participants or communities.

You are not required to submit a budget.

Support material

Additional material can be submitted to help support your application. Support material may help peers gain an understanding of the quality of your work, and where relevant, the skills and role of other artists or partners involved.

There are 3 distinct types of support material you may submit with your application. None of this support material is mandatory however peer assessors do rely on support material to help them gain a better sense of your project. Whether or not you should submit each type will be dependent on the nature of your project.  If you are uncertain please call one of our grants officers for further advice.

1. Artistic support material

This is examples of your recent work.

You can submit up to three URLs (web links). These URLs can include video, audio, images, and written material.

Please note that these URLs can include a total of:

  • 10 minutes of video and/or audio recording
  • 10 images
  • 10 pages of written material (for example, excerpts of literary writing)

To find out more about support material, including advice on how to get examples of your work online click here.

Our preferred method of receiving support material is via URLs. However, if you cannot supply artistic support material via a URL, we will accept artistic support material in the following formats:

  • Video (MP4, QuickTime, and Windows Media)
  • Audio (MP3 and Windows Media)
  • Images (JPEG and PowerPoint)
  • Written material (Word and PDF)

2.  Artist information

You can include a brief bio or curriculum vitae highlights for yourself and any additional artists involved in your project. Bio and CV information should be included as a single document and not exceed two A4 pages in total for all artists (including yourself).

3.  Letters of support

Individuals, groups or organisations can write letters in support of your project. A support letter should explain to the assessment panel how the project or activity will benefit the applicant or the broader community (and if applicable, how the project or activity will benefit community participants). You can include up to five letters of support, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page.

A print friendly MS Word file can be accessed here.

Apply online now

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