Applications for the 2013 scholarships have now opened. To apply please click here, where you will be directed to the Australian Scholarship Foundation.*

The categories for the 2013 scholarships are acting, painting, sculpture and singing.

If you are thinking about applying in 2013, start thinking about the different parts of your applications. Depending on the category you are applying for, you will need to have the following information:

    Aims and activities to clearly identify how you will use scholarship monies
    Budget of your proposed aims and activities
    Audition pieces for performing artist
    Three references from relevant teachers, mentors etc


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-author  'The Bali Ballet Murders' with Cornelius Conyn which was published in Australia, London and also translated into Dutch and published in the Netherlands.

A strong advocate for the artistic capabilities of young Australians, he understood the costs involved in study and training programs.  In light of this, Marten established through a charitable trust, the Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarships – a program which would award funding to talented Australians so they could explore and develop their artistic gifts either abroad and/or interstate.

The Scholarships are awarded annually to candidates who show great promise in the arts and literature, with nine scholarship categories available, offered over alternate years:

    Instrumental music

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

2013 Scholarships
The categories for 2013 scholarships include acting, singing, painting and sculpture.

Applications have now opened, visit the apply page to submit your application. For updates on the scholarship keep an eye on their Facebook page.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for this award, you must be born in Australia and aged 21-35 (17-35 for ballet) at the closing date of entries. There is no exception to this rule.

Scholarships each worth $20,000, payable over two years with funds paid in quarterly installments of $2,500.

There will be two scholarships in each category on offer in 2013. In total there will be 8 scholarships to the value of $160,000 in prize money.