Creative Communities Fellowship

Welcome to the Creative Community Fellows Program

Applications are now closed

Applications open: 28 May 2019 for the 2019 Intake

Applications close: 9 July 2019

Accepted applicant notified: 13 August 2019

Program dates: October 2019 – March 2020

The Australia Council partnered with National Arts Strategies (NAS) in the US to support a practitioner working in arts and innovation with a project for positive community change to take part in the Creative Community Fellows program. 

The Program

The Creative Community Fellows program began in 2014 as a way of supporting entrepreneurs working at the intersection of arts and community. Fellows from around the world spend six months working on a project to drive a physical or social change in their communities, while nurturing their management and leadership capabilities. They build powerful and supportive connections among each other, with mentors and the broader NAS alumni.

Creative Community Fellows brings cultural trailblazers from around the world together over six months, to be part of something bigger, to learn life-changing skills and to see dreams become reality.

The program has three core curriculum: strategy, design thinking and leadership.

Further information about the program is available from the NAS website.


National Arts Strategies will be hosting a webinar for information on the Creative Community Fellows program and application process. The webinar will be at 10am (AEST) on Tuesday 18 June.

Register for the session. 


Residential 1: 28 October – 5 November 2019 in East Topsham, Vermont

Online learning: November 2019 to February 2020

Residential 2: 4-day event in February 2020 (dates and location TBD)

Australia Council will support a participant to undertake the program, including a grant for travel expenses to the United States for both residentials.

Who can apply

The Creative Community Fellows program is open to an Australian artist, community organiser, administrator or entrepreneur working on a project to create positive community change through arts and culture.

Applicants are advised to have an existing project in mind for development in the program. Refer to the NAS website for more information on selection and eligibility criteria.

Further information about the program is available from the NAS website.

The Scholarship

One Australian applicant will receive an Australia Council Scholarship to support their international participation in the program. The scholarship covers travel costs, course fees, material, accommodation and meals.

The Australia Council scholarship is only open to Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents. 

How to Apply

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

Please know that applications for the program will open May 28th. Visit the NAS website for more information.

All Australian applications will be considered for the Australia Council Scholarship.


For further information about the program and application, please contact NAS Director, Sunny Widmann at

For all other enquiries, please contact the Capacity Building team at Australia Council for the Arts on 02 9215 9036 or

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