International Residencies Guidelines

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 2018-19 are:

Closing dates

In 2017, the international residencies round will close on:

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

Each round closes at midnight on the closing date.

Technical and administrative 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 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 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

You may submit support material with your application. The peer assessors may review this support material to help them gain a better sense of your project. If you need advice on what type of support material to submit, please contact the grants team.

We do not accept application-related support material submitted via post. Application-related material received by post will not be assessed and will be returned to the sender. If you think you will have difficulty submitting your support material online, please contact the grants team.

There are three types of support material you may submit:

1. Artistic support material

This should include relevant, recent examples of your artistic work.

2.  Artist information

You can include a brief bio or curriculum vitae (CV) for yourself and any additional artists or key collaborators involved in the project.

Bio and CV information for all artists and key collaborators, including yourself, should be presented as a single document no longer than two A4 pages in total.

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.

What type of support material do we accept

Our preferred method of receiving support material is via URLs (web links).

You can submit up to three URLs, which may 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 about support material, including advice on how to get examples of your work online, click here.

If you cannot supply support material via URLs, you may upload support material with your application in the following formats:

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

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