The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship & Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship

Applications are now closed

Closing date: Midnight, Thursday 30 January 2020 AEDT for proposals starting after 1 July 2020. 

Amount: $30,000

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of April 2020.

Please note:

  • Perpetual will only accept a limited number of scholarship proposals annually. Once this limit is met, no further proposals can be submitted.
  • These scholarships are offered every two years.

About the program

The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet and Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarships were established by a Deed of Lady Mollie Askin to further culture and advance education in Australia by providing travelling scholarships for Australian citizens with outstanding ability and promise in Ballet & Opera.

The 2018 Recipients were:

  • Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship: Lania Atkins
  • Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship: Paull-Anthony Keightley

A selection of past recipients of the Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship and Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship include:

  • Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship: Isobelle Dashwood, James Lyttle, Vanessa Morelli, Cristiano Martino, Jessica Fyfe, Paul Knobloch
  • Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship: Andrew Goodwin, Luke Stoker, Morgan Pearse, Alexander Lewis, Derek Welton, David Hansen.

Who can apply

Applications for the Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship are open to individual artists who are Australian citizens aged 17 – 29 at the closing date.

Applications for the Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship are open to individual artists who identify as male and are Australian citizens aged 18 – 29 at the closing date.

These are terms established by the Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship Trust and the Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship Trust, and there are no exceptions to these requirements. 

If you are an Australian citizen but will have difficulty providing a copy of a birth certificate, passport or citizenship certificate if requested, please contact the grants team to discuss your situation.

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 were previously awarded a Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship or Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship.

What you can apply for

The scholarships are awarded biennially to candidates who have outstanding ability and promise in Ballet or Opera.

Scholarship funds can be used to assist with study programs, professional training courses and/or mentor programs that would not otherwise be obtainable due to lack of financial resources.

The scholarship’s value

Scholarships are each worth $30,000, payable in two instalments of $15,000 over two years.


Scholarship proposals will be reviewed by the Australia Council. We may seek industry advice on your scholarship before making our recommendations to Perpetual, who will make the final decision.

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

Scholarship Proposals

Scholarship proposals are submitted through our Application Management System (AMS). 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.

Click on the ‘Apply Now' button at the bottom of this page. 

If you haven’t used the AMS before you will need to register for access. Instructions for how to do this can be found on the landing page once you have clicked on the ‘Apply Now’ button.

Make sure you register well before the closing date. It can take up to two business days to process your registration.

Once signed in, click on ‘Apply for a Grant’ from the left panel menu. Scroll down the list of opportunities. Under ‘Co-Investment Opportunities’ select ‘The Lady Mollie Askin Ballet Award’ or ‘The Sir Robert Askin Operatic Scholarship Award’.

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
  • confirmation that you are an Australian citizen
  • confirmation of your age
  • information about your practice and professional experience, your career goals
  • the proposed aims and activities of your scholarship (names of teachers/institutions, travel plans, dates, etc.), and how your planned activities will assist your career
  • supporting material relevant to your proposal.

Support material

Additional material can be submitted to help your proposal.

You can submit up to two URLs (web links). These URLs should be direct links to material that can include video, audio, images, and writing.

For the Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship, please provide:

  • direct link URL to a 5 min (maximum) video recording of class/studio work (must include adagio, turning and allegro examples)
  • direct link URL to a 10 min (maximum) video recording of performance material (must include examples from the classical ballet repertoire and a contemporary ballet example).

For the Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship, please provide:

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

You can include up to three letters of support or written references for you and your scholarship, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page. The letters should explain how the proposed scholarship will benefit you.

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).

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