Information for applicants

Thancoupie’s Bursary Fund offers an annual award to an eligible Aboriginal person with links to Thancoupie, to assist him or her to undertake study or training in art or an arts-related field at a centre away from their usual place of residence.


Eligible study or training

Bursaries may be used for the following:

  • Study in art or an arts-related field at a University, TAFE or other public or private institute of higher learning
  • Training or an apprenticeship in an art workshop, craft centre, art museum or gallery
  • Specialised training nominated by the applicant.
  • Educational training with elders on country in workshop or camping situations or researching lost culture in Museological contexts.


Eligibility of applicants

Evidence is to be provided of the proven interest, talent and skills of the applicant. This must be endorsed by an art teacher and Principal if the applicant is still at school. If no longer at school, then endorsement should be provided by an art tutor or a person with a proven arts background. Evidence should also be provided to verify:

  • Scholastic record (if applicable)
  • Applicant is over 16 years of age (there is no upper limit)
  • Demonstrated evidence of community involvement
  • Demonstrated involvement in cultural and/or sporting activities
  • Family support (if under 18 years of age).


What can a Thancoupie Bursary  be used for?

This Bursary does not provide for full student support away from home. It is to assist with study or training needs. Study grants of $6,000 may be made on the basis of one per year, paid on a quarterly basis. This could be used for:

  • Fees for tertiary study
  • Tutors’ fees
  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Bursary Committee.



The Bursary can be applied to short- or long-term courses. An applicant who is successful for one year’s Bursary must reapply for a second year. Students must be able to demonstrate alternative or further means that they can access to support themselves while undergoing their art-related study or training.