The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet and Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarships


30 January 2020




TAFE or VET | University


All-round Achievement


Australian Capital Territory | New South Wales | Northern Territory | Queensland | South Australia | Tasmania | Victoria | Western Australia


Art & Design


$30,000 AUD


The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet and Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarships were established by a Deed of Lady Mollie Askin to further culture and advance education in Australia by providing travelling scholarships for Australian citizens with outstanding ability and promise in Ballet & Opera.



Scholarships are each worth $30,000, payable in two instalments of $15,000 over two years. Closing date: Midnight, Thursday 30 January 2020 AEDT for proposals starting after 1 July 2020. Amount: $30,000 Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of April 2020. Please note:

  • Perpetual will only accept a limited number of scholarship proposals annually. Once this limit is met, no further proposals can be submitted.
  • These scholarships are offered every two years.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications for the Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship are open to individual artists who are Australian citizens aged 17 – 29 at the closing date.

Applications for the Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship are open to individual artists who identify as male and are Australian citizens aged 18 – 29 at the closing date.

These are terms established by the Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship Trust and the Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship Trust, and there are no exceptions to these requirements.

If you are an Australian citizen but will have difficulty providing a copy of a birth certificate, passport or citizenship certificate if requested, please contact the grants team to discuss your situation.

To apply:

Scholarship proposals are submitted through our Application Management System (AMS). If you are using the system for the first time you will need to register your details to access the proposal form.

We do not accept applications submitted via post. Any material received by post will not be assessed and will be returned to the sender. If you think you will have difficulty submitting your application online, please contact the grants team.

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button at the bottom of this page.

If you haven’t used the AMS before you will need to register for access. Instructions for how to do this can be found on the landing page once you have clicked on the ‘Apply Now’ button.

Make sure you register well before the closing date. It can take up to two business days to process your registration.

Once signed in, click on ‘Apply for a Grant’ from the left panel menu. Scroll down the list of opportunities. Under ‘Co-Investment Opportunities’ select ‘The Lady Mollie Askin Ballet Award’ or ‘The Sir Robert Askin Operatic Scholarship Award’.

You will then be asked to confirm and/or update your details.

The type of questions we ask you to complete in your online proposal include:

  • your name and contact details
  • your gender
  • confirmation that you are an Australian citizen
  • confirmation of your age
  • information about your practice and professional experience, your career goals
  • the proposed aims and activities of your scholarship (names of teachers/institutions, travel plans, dates, etc.), and how your planned activities will assist your career
  • supporting material relevant to your proposal.

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