Welcome to the International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA) Australia Fellowship Program

Applications are now closed. 

Applications open: 23 May 2019, for the 2020 intake

Applications close: 22 June 2019 at 7.00 am AEST (21 June 2019 at 17.00 EDT)

This deadline will not be extended and late submissions will not be reviewed.

Accepted applicants notified: 7 August 2019

Program dates: January 2020-January 2022

Applications will be processed by ISPA and selected on merit in consultation with Australia Council for the Arts.

Australia Council scholarship

The Australia Council are partnering with the International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA) to support four emerging and mid-career leaders from the performing arts sector to participate in a three-year fellowship program, including attendance at New York congresses in 2020, 2021 and 2022, and Taipei congress in mid-2020. 

The overall aim of the Fellowship Program is to increase Australian arts leaders’ ability to sustainably and confidently operate in international markets.

The Program

ISPA’s Fellowship Program provides emerging and mid-career performing arts professionals with the opportunity to expand their international networks through membership and attendance at ISPA Congresses. The program targets leaders from specific regions and facilitates their participation in ISPA over an extended period of time.

As part of the program, fellows will attend a one-day pre-congress orientation with other members of the Fellowship Program. Fellows are encouraged to use the opportunity to build and nurture relationships, exchange ideas and to commission and present new works.

The next ISPA Congress will be held in New York in January 2020. Further information about the Fellowship Program is available on ISPA’s website. 

The Scholarship

An Australia Council Scholarship of US$24,800 per person over three years will support four high-performing, mid-career Australian performing arts leaders to participate in ISPA’s Fellowship Program. The all-inclusive scholarship covers membership, registration, travel, accommodation, per diems and program expenses.

The Schedule

  • ISPA Congress New York 2020: 13-16 January
  • ISPA Congress Taipei 2020: Dates TBA (May/June 2020)
  • ISPA Congress New York 2021: 11-14 January
  • ISPA Congress New York 2022: Dates TBA (January 2022)

Who can Apply

Applicants must:

  • be permanent residents or citizens of Australia
  • be currently employed/working in the performing arts
  • have a minimum of five years professional experience in the arts
  • have not received an ISPA Fellowship in the past
  • have the ability to attend and fully participate in ISPA for the next three years.

How to Apply

For more information and to apply visit the ISPA website


For enquiries about the scholarship, please contact the Capacity Building team at Australia Council for the Arts on 02 9215 9058 or

For enquiries about the application process or access and support requirements, please contact Program and Development Associate at ISPA, Nora Fleury at

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