'First awarded in 2012, the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships provide unrestricted grants of $80,000 per year for two years to individual artists, arts managers, and thought leaders in the humanities. Specific outcomes are not required.
'The two criteria used to select Fellows are: outstanding talent and exceptional courage. Specifically, this talent and courage relates to the professional practice of the Fellows and not to cases of personal hardship.
'Nominations are welcome for artists and arts managers across the entire spectrum of the visual, performing, interdisciplinary, new media and literary arts. Consideration is also given to arts managers and thought leaders in the humanities.
'The Fellowships are intended for artists in their "early mid-career" - to be eligible, nominees must be in the first seven to fifteen years of their creative practice. They are also intended for artists who will primarily be resident in Australia for the two years of their Fellowship.'
Source: Myer Foundation website, http://www.myerfoundation.org.au/