The Harding Miller Foundation Opera Scholarship

The Australia Council announces the Harding Miller Foundation Opera Scholarship recipient:

Natalie Aroyan 

Applications are now closed.

The scholarship is awarded to a candidate who identifies as female and demonstrates outstanding ability and promise as an Opera singer.

The Harding Miller Foundation was founded by Kim Harding and Irene Miller in 2012. The Foundation funds projects that support women, education, the arts and the environment. Currently, the Foundation primarily invests in projects in Australia that improve the educational opportunities and achievement of girls and women. This investment is designed to elevate the recipients and empower them to take on roles of leadership and excellence in their chosen field. This Harding Miller Operatic Scholarship aligns with the Foundation’s objective of providing educational opportunities for women.

Please read through the following scholarship guidelines. If you need assistance with your application, please contact a Grants Officer.

Key Dates

Closing date: Thursday, 31 January 2019 (MIDNIGHT AEDT) for projects starting after 1 July 2019.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by Tuesday 30 April 2019.

Who can apply

Applications are open to individual artists who identify as female.

Who can’t apply

You can’t apply for a scholarship 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 do not identify as female.

What you can apply for

Scholarship funds can be used to support study and travel either domestically or internationally. You can use the funds to support course or tuition fees, living expenses, audition expenses, travel expenses, or any other cost directly related to your study or travel.

The scholarship’s value

The scholarship is worth $30,000, payable in two instalments of $15,000 over two years.


Your proposal will be reviewed by Australia Council staff. We may seek industry advice on your proposal, before making our recommendation to The Harding Miller Foundation, who will endorse the final decision.

The decision of The Harding Miller Foundation is final and no feedback on proposals or further correspondence on decisions will be provided.

Funding Proposal for the Scholarship

Funding Proposals for the Scholarship are submitted through our online system. If you are using the system for the first time you will need to register your details to access the proposal form.

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

Support material

Additional material can be submitted to help support your proposal. You can submit up to two direct URLs (web links), one of which must be a:

  • direct URL to a video recording of performance (preferred) or to an audio file

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 (PDF)

You can include up to five letters of support, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page.

Individuals, groups or organisations can provide written references or write letters in support of your project. A support letter should explain how the proposed scholarship will benefit the artist. 

How to apply

To apply for the Scholarship, click the button below and sign in to your Australia Council account (if you do not already have one, please register for a new account).

Once signed in, click on ‘Grants & Grant Reporting’ and select ‘Funding Proposals – Co-investment Programs’ from the drop-down menu. Click the blue button which states ‘Start a new proposal’.

You will be asked if you are applying as a Group, and Individual or an Organisation. Select ‘Individual’ and then select ‘The Harding Miller Foundation Opera Scholarship’.

You will then be asked to confirm and/or update your details.

The type of questions we ask you to complete in your online proposal include:

  • your name and contact details
  • your gender
  • agreement with terms and conditions of the scholarship
About your practice:  

  • your artistic discipline
  • your resume
  • the proposed activities you will undertake as part of your scholarship (names of teachers/institutions, travel plans, dates, etc.)
  • supporting material as relevant to your proposal

Our co-investment strategy builds on the Council’s trusted brand, our relationships and our wealth of experience which underpins innovative approaches to arts investment.

Learn more about Co-investment

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