Marten Bequest Scholarships

The Marten Bequest Scholarships

Closing date: Midnight, Thursday 30 January 2020 AEDT (or earlier if application limit is met) Amount: $50,000 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.

The Marten Bequest Scholarships offer talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either overseas and/or interstate.

The scholarships provide financial support under the categories acting, architecture, ballet, instrumental music, painting, poetry, prose, sculpture and singing to help talented Australian artists achieve their dreams. A list of previous scholarship recipients can be found here.

John Chisholm Marten (1908 – 1966) was born in Kent, England and moved to Australia at a young age, residing in Sydney for his adult life. John Marten was a theatrical artist and well known for his appreciation and support of the arts community.

John was actively involved in many different art forms. He was trained in Spanish dancing and served in the merchant navy during the war. John also co-authored The Bali Ballet Murders with Cornelius Conyn which was published in Australia, London and also translated into Dutch and published in the Netherlands. (This novel can be found at the Mitchell Library A823/C768/IAI)

A strong advocate for the artistic capabilities of young Australians, John understood the costs involved in study and training programs and established The Marten Bequest through a charitable trust.

The scholarships are administered by the Australia Council on behalf of Perpetual as trustee.

Who can apply

Individual artists who:

  • are Australia citizens
  • who are aged 21 – 35 (17 – 35 for ballet) at the closing date may submit proposals.

These are terms established by The Marten Bequest and there are no exceptions to this requirement.

All applicants should familiarise themselves with the terms and conditions of The Marten Bequest.

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.

What you can apply for

The scholarships are awarded annually to candidates who show great promise in the arts and literature, with nine scholarship disciplines available:

  • Acting
  • Architecture
  • Ballet
  • Instrumental music
  • Painting
  • Poetry
  • Prose
  • Sculpture
  • Singing

Scholarship funds can be used to assist with study programs, professional training courses and/or mentor programs.

The scholarship’s value

Scholarships are each worth $50,000, payable in quarterly instalments over two years.

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