scholarships and grants

The Handspan Grant concluded in 2009. Currently UNIMA Australia offers the following scholarships:

Lorrie Gardner Scholarship

  • Annual closing date: March 15
  • Annual scholarship amount: $1200
  • Notification: by April 30

Lorrie Gardner of Gardner’s Puppet Theatre was a long standing and active member of UNIMA Australia. She was President for 3 years until illness forced her to retire in 2004. In 2005 Lorrie Gardner bequeathed a substantial contribution to the fund and the renaming of the scholarship fund is to honour not only her financial contribution but her artistic contribution as an outstanding puppetry practitioner, teacher and colleague. The Scholarship Fund has been created through the individual contributions of members.

Purpose of the Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to assist the development of puppetry in Australia by benefitting UNIMA Australia Inc. members. All activities, projects and situations must be puppetry oriented. The Scholarship was set up in the spirit of assisting young or emerging puppeteers in Australia to develop their skills and to be further exposed to the art of puppetry.

Scholarship Guidelines: The scholarship can be used towards tuition costs or travel expenses to attend festivals, training institutions, workshops etc. or to work with a specialist teacher. It can also be used towards the costs of bringing a specialist teacher to work with an individual member or group of members or for any other activitiy that the scholarship committee deems worthy. It cannot be used for production costs or capital purchases. Projects must start no earlier than May 1. If March 15 falls on a weekend or public holiday, applications must be post marked by the next working day.

Who is eligible? Applicants must have been continual (financial) members of UNIMA Australia for a minimum of 2 years up to the cloasing date of the application. In the event of a group application, all members of the group must be UNIMA Australia Inc. members with at least one participant being a continuous (financial) member for 2 years at the time of application. Members of UNIMA Australia Inc. executive and scholarship committee members are not eligible to apply during their terms of office.

How to apply: Check your eligibility. If in doubt about the length of your membership, contact the Treasurer. Check that the proposed project meets the guidelines. If in doubt contact a member of the scholarship committee. Clearly articulate your proposal in writing in a maximum of 2 pages. If you are applying to attend a course or festival include source material about the course or festival eg. festival program, web site link, course brochure etc. If you are applying to work with a specialist teacher/artist please check with the scholarship committee if you need to include a CV for that artist. Provide a one page CV for each member applying, highlighting information relevant to this application. Acquittal: Successful applicants must write a report of their scholarship project to be published in the next edition of Australian Puppeteer following the completion of their project. A copy must also be sent to the UNIMA Australia Secretary. Send to: UNIMA Australia Inc, PO Box 151, South Melbourne 3205.