Applying for a Fellowship - FAQs

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for the inaugural Jesse Cox Audio Fellowship 2019 have now closed.

The applications are currently being assessed, and we will be making an announcement about our successful recipient in late October.

Who can apply?

Each year this Fellowship will support Australian creative practitioners to produce new audio storytelling that takes risks and makes an impact. This may include, but is not limited to, audio producers, journalists, playwrights, visual artists, filmmakers and writers.

The Fellowship is intended for an individual creative practitioner, or a group of up to three creative practitioners, in their ‘early to mid-career.’ To be eligible, nominees must be in the first five to fifteen years of their creative practice. This Fellowship is not open to institutions or organisations.

Applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Please note terms and conditions before applying.

What does mid-career mean exactly?

The JCAF is best suited to those who have been practicing in a creative field for at least five years. But basically, as long as you’re not fresh out of uni, we want to hear from you.

What can I apply for?

Applicants are invited to design their own project for the fellowship, outlining how they will use the funds, what their outcomes will be and how it will further their careers.

Applicants should propose a plan of activity to be undertaken within a 12 month period. The development of new audio work with the intention for broadcast, distribution or exhibition is essential.

What kind of work can be pitched?

You can pitch a story or project on any topic and in any format (or multimedia), so long as the central format is audio.

What are the judges looking for?

The JCAF is a professional development opportunity, rather than project funding, so applicants will be assessed on the proposed impact the JCAF will have on their career and the Australian storytelling landscape.

Judges will consider:

  • the strength of your creative practice

  • the impact the proposed activity will have on your career

  • how the proposed activity shows bravery, risk and innovation

  • how the proposed activity pushes the audio form

  • how the proposed activity gives visibility to new or underrepresented stories

  • how the proposed activity will be documented, presented or shared with audiences

  • whether the applicant has a realistic understanding of the budget for their project and provides details with their application.

What support is offered through the JCAF?

As well as $20,000 cash grant, the JCAF will include a programme of professional development. Though it is not mandatory, applicants may propose complementary activities that will support the making of this new work and/or their overall career development, such as:

  • mentorships or internships with recognised professionals or organisations

  • international and/or national travel for research, development and networking

  • production support and resources

  • experimentation and skills development

  • an outstanding opportunity of significance to the applicant’s practice.

Applicants are encouraged to consider how JCAF partner’s Audible and the ABC could best support their fellowship, be it through production facilities, marketing mentoring, consultation on distribution opportunities, etc.

How do I apply?

Applications for the inaugural Jesse Cox Audio Fellowship 2019 have now closed. The recipient will be announced soon.

When will I know if my application has been successful?

Successful applicant be announced by the end of September. All applicants will be contacted.

How often will this grant be awarded?

The JCAF will be awarded once annually.

How is the Fellowship funded?

The JCAF is funded with support provided by a number of organisations and individuals, listed here.

Why do I need to provide a budget?

To help the judges understand how you will use the $20,000 grant. You can make a simple dot-point list of costs, each with a dollar value, for research, travel, insurance, your time, and so on.

Can I seek additional funding from other sources?

Yes, though this is not required. Please mention any additional funding in your application.

Can I apply more than once?

Applicants can only apply once per year.

Can I enter with a partner/group?

The JCAF is designed for individuals, but in certain circumstances groups of up to three people who work closely together can apply.

When does production need to be complete by?

Projects should be completed by October 2020. Projects that may take longer will be approached on a case-by-case basis.

Can I talk to someone about this?

For further questions on the program, please contact us via email.