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Heath Ledger Scholarship: Rules & Regulations

Information for Applicants:

About the scholarship:

An Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship will be awarded to an Applicant who:
  • Shows evidence of initiative and exceptional talent with ability to convert ambitions to reality.
  • Demonstrates their commitment to excellence.
  • Demonstrates their passion for their work with potential to be outstanding ian international context.
  • Requests for support to undertake activities such as (but not limited to) post-graduate study, mentoring or private lessons or study tours will be looked on favorably.

The scholarship activities must be undertaken in the 2017 calendar year.

The 2017 successful applicant will receive the following benefits:

With the support our Presenting Partners, Qantas, Visit California, Ausfilm and Screenwise Film & TV School for Actors, the recipient will receive

  • Two return Qantas economy airfares from Australia to Los Angeles
  • Visit Californian 7 Day Californian trip
  • US$10,000 towards a living allowance in Los Angeles
  • US$5,000 rent assistance in Los Angeles
  • US$1,000 ride-sharing app credit to be used in Los Angeles
  • Group Acting classes and personal coaching from Lisa Robertson Studio and Nancy Banks Studio
  • Immigration services from Kate Raynor & Associates
  • Business management and US|Australian taxation advice from Protea Group International
  • Kitchen appliance package, including Juice Fountain Elite, Barista Express, Smart Oven Pro and Boss Blender from Breville
  • Yoga classes from YogaWorks
  • Gym classes from Training Mate
  • VIP tickets to Palm Springs International Film Festival & AFI Fest
  • AiF membership, which includes access to the creative workspaces, Charlie's + Creative Collective at Raleigh Studios
  • Personal mentoring by Heath Ledger Scholarship Chair Felicity Price and Committee Member Damon Herriman
  • Other vouchers from Alfred's Coffee, The Den Meditation and Cinespia, plus more to be announced.

Timeframe of the Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship:

  • Applications open from 1:00 PM Monday, February 20, 2017 (PST), which is 8:00 AM Tuesday, February 21, 2017(GMT+11). 
  • Applications close 6:00 PM Tuesday, April 4, 2017 (PDT), which is 11:00 AM Wednesday, April 5, 2017 AEST.
  • The successful Finalists will be notified in early May at an event in Sydney
  • The Scholarship recipient will be announced at an exclusive ceremony, in Los Angeles, in early June


  • The scholarship is open to early career actors with a demonstrated achievement in their craft.
  • Applicant must be an Australian citizen or an Australian citizen living overseas
  • Applicant must be over 18 years of age and 35 years of age or under at the time of application.
  • Must have current passport and take responsibility for obtaining any U.S. Visa that may be required.

How will the scholarship be awarded?

A panel of at least five judges from the Australian & U.S. film & television community will be appointed to make the selection from a list of Finalists selected by the Heath Ledger Scholarship Selection Committee, nominated by the Chairperson, in conjunction with the Australians in Film Board of Directors. 

How will the scholarship be funded?

Australians in Film Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, underwrites the Scholarship.

Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship Application Requirements

Application Fee

USD $30 per Application for Members of Australians in Film.

USD $45 per application for non-members

Written References:
Applicants are required to obtain two different references from different individuals. Applicants should include at least one reference from a recognized authority involved in the arts or entertainment industries. Applications submitted without the two supporting references will not be accepted.

A recognized authority in the arts or entertainment industry includes your acting/drama teachers/ coaches, heads of an acting academy, directors of films or stage performances you have been involved in, casting directors, accomplished cast members of a production you were directly involved in, or any persons with expertise in the arts and entertainment industry. References should be from people who can directly attest to your work ethic, how you work with others, your skills, their belief in your ability and your personality and character. The Heath Ledger Scholarship winner should mirror Heath's generous spirit and his dedication to his craft.​

Head Shot:

Applicant is required to submit an industry standard headshot, i.e. it must be in color, show your whole face, and must look like you.

Show reel video:
Please provide a video that best showcases your talent to support your application. This video should be no longer than two minutes long, with your strongest material at the beginning. This could be a reel, a scene, a monologue or any creative piece that you feel conveys your best talents.

The video can be submitted in one of two ways, either by providing a link to YouTube or Vimeo, or by directly uploading a video file to your application. 

WARNING: If you chose to submit a link to YouTube or Vimeo - your video must be set to public and have no privacy restrictions or password protections. If a password is required to view your video, your application will be disqualified. If you must submit a video with private content, or if you think you may need to set a password at any point before the Scholarship recipient is announced, we recommend uploading a video file instead. 


Applicants must be able to attend an interview in Australia (or by phone or skype) if required.

Conclusion of the Scholarship:
The Applicant will agree to provide a full report at the conclusion of the project outlining outcomes and final expenditure within sixty (60) days of the completion of the Scholarship. The Applicant may be required to present the report to the Australians in Film Board of directors ("Board") in person.

Australians In Film Heath Ledger Scholarship Guidelines:

1. Citizenship/ Residents. Heath Ledger Scholarship is confined to Australian citizens only.

2. Age. Awards are granted to Applicants over the age of 18 years and under the age of 35 at the time of applying. 

3. Interviews. Applicants must be available to attend an interview in person if required.

4. Citizens Overseas. Applicants who are Australian citizens living overseas may be considered for the Scholarship.

5. Amount of Award. The amount of cash money attached to the Heath Ledger Scholarship is up to US$10,000 to be paid immediately, and deposited in to a U.S. bank account only. 

6. Support from Other Sources. The Selection Committee will take account of any other existing sources of support for particular Applicants and will normally avoid duplicating the activities of other bodies. Only in special circumstances may a scholarship be awarded concurrently with another award.

7. Contract. The award of a Heath Ledger Scholarship is subject to the Scholar agreeing to be bound by the conditions laid down in a contract document signed between Australians In Film Heath Ledger Scholarship Inc and the Scholar. A Scholarship cannot commence until the Board receives an executed copy of the contract document from the Scholar.

8. Scholarship Travel. The Scholarship will pay or provide for all approved Scholarship air travel and, whenever possible, arrange for tickets to be issued to a Scholar before departure. 

9. Major Travel. All major travel will be by economy class air. Travel will begin and terminate at the major airport nearest to the Scholar's home address. The route and/or sequence of places to be visited may be varied to reduce costs.

10. Supplementary Travel. Ground travel may be authorized to supplement and or complement air travel. 

11. Internal Travel Allowances. If it is not possible to pre-purchase or acquire tickets to cover all travel, a Travel Allowance will be paid in advance to allow the Scholar to purchase the necessary tickets.

12. Visas. Successful Applicant is responsible for obtaining any relevant visas in order to fulfill travel requirements. All applicants must have significant previous experience acting in distinguished film or television productions. Applicants may not have any convictions or pending charges for a felony, domestic violence, or drug-related offense. If selected applicant does not have the required visa to live and work in the United States, Applicant agrees to cooperate with AiF and Raynor and Associates in securing an O-1 visa. This includes supplying the following documentation: evidence of awards or nominations, press and publicity (newspaper/magazine articles), past contracts showing high salary, and letters of recommendation from prominent people in the entertainment industry.

13. Payment. Allowances will be paid after approval of the Final Program or 2-4 weeks before the Scholars departure date, whichever is the later.

14. Income Tax. The liability of a Scholar for Income Tax is a matter for decision by the Commissioner of Taxation and the Board has no responsibility or authority in the matter. However, an allowance paid to Scholar is likely to be treated as assessable income. The Board recommends that Scholar keeps receipts for all expenditure of their Scholarship funds and seek independent advice with respect to their eligibility for claiming tax deductions.

15. GST Liability. There may be GST implications for Scholarship funds. Any GST liability will be borne by the successful Applicant unless otherwise advised or approved. It is the successful Applicant's sole responsibility to ascertain if there is GST implications and to advise the Board accordingly.

16. Application Form. The purpose of the application form is to enable the Board and Selection Committee to assess the Applicant and the outline of the activities proposed in order to draw up short lists for interview. All applications must be made on the Application Form provided. No grace periods. 

17. References. An Applicant is required to obtain two different references from different individuals. Applicants should include at least one reference from a recognized authority involved in the arts or entertainment industries. The references should be returned to the Applicant for submission with their application. Applications submitted without the two supporting references will not be accepted.

18. Selection. Once submitted, all applications will be acknowledged. Selection of Heath Ledger Scholarship is completed in 2016 using the following timetable:

(a) Application Start Date. Applications are called from Monday, February 20, at 1:00 PM (PST) to Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 6:00 PM (PST).
(b) Submission of Applications. Applications with supporting references must be submitted online by the closing date.
(c) Closing Date. Applications close at (USA Pacific Coast time) 6:00 PM on April 4, 2017 (PDT). Applications lodged or received after that date will not be considered. Applications must be completed on the Australians in Film website or its third party Scholarship provider website, FluidReview. Faxed or mailed applications will not be accepted.
(d) Selection. The selection of Heath Ledger Scholarship and the procedure undertaken are at the absolute discretion of the Board and the Selection Committee.
(e) Successful Applicants. The Successful Applicant will be officially announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles, USA in June 2017.
(f) Reserve Applicants. Reserve Applicant may be selected but will only be advised if a selected Applicant is unable to take up a Scholarship.
(g) Unsuccessful Applicants. Unsuccessful Applicants will not be advised individually if they are not selected as a Finalist. Judges will select a recipient of the Primary Scholarship from the list of Finalists - again, only the recipient of the Primary Scholarship will be notified individually. 

19. Materials. All Materials forwarded by Applicants for the Heath Ledger Scholarship become the property of Australians In Film Heath Ledger Scholarship, Inc.

20. Reapplying. The awarding of Heath Ledger Scholarship is a competitive process with the merit of the proposal being the primary test. Unsuccessful Applicants are encouraged to reapply in subsequent years.

21. Privacy Statement. Your privacy is respected by the Board of Australians In Film and personal information will be handled in a sensitive manner. Information collected on the Application and References will be used for the purpose of selecting Heath Ledger Scholarship and will be provided to Heath Ledger Scholarship Staff, Selection Panel and Committee Members, the Board of Australians In Film and Heath Ledger Scholarship sponsors.

22. Media Release And Other Publicity. A successful Applicant's name and the subject of the Scholarship will be provided to the media as part of a media release at the time the annual Heath Ledger Scholarship is announced. These details may be used to promote the Scholarship with the media. An Applicant's name and Scholarship may also be published on the Australians in Film Website and newsletter, so that the community can easily access the Reports and benefit from the Scholarship experience.

23. Ineligible Applications. If you do not provide all the information requested on the forms the Board will be unable to process your application.

24. Amendments. Once submitted, the only amendments or alterations allowed by an Applicant is that they may access and update the personal information that the Board holds at any time.

If you have privacy concerns or would like to verify information held about you please contact   



Applications close at 6:00PM April 4, 2017 (PDT US)


Please make sure you have all the items in the check list prepared and ready before starting your application:

1) Create an application

Australians in Film is hosting the application forms for the 2017 Heath Ledger Scholarship using third party program FluidReview. 

To apply for the Scholarship, you will need to first Sign Up by selecting APPLY HERE under 'Need an account?' on the Heath Ledger Scholarship application page. 

Once you have registered, a link will be emailed to you to verify your email. You can apply both on the Heath Ledger Scholarship application page or on the application form directly on the FluidReview website

2) Upload a video 

Applicants must submit either a link to a video on YouTube or Vimeo, or a video file in one of these supported file types: AVI (preferred), Quicktime (.mov), MPEG (.mpg, .mpeg, .mp4), Windows Media (.wmv), Flash Video (.flv, .f4v). Videos uploaded must be smaller than 1000MB in size. If you get an error while uploading, please try uploading a different file format.

3. Long-Answer Form 

Applicants must answer questions about themselves and their goals for the Scholarship. Each question has a pre-set word limit that cannot be exceeded. 

4. Headshot/ Photo

You must submit an industry standard headshot, i.e. it must be in color, show your whole face, and must look like you. File Types Supported: Images (.jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp).

5) References

Applicants are required to obtain two different references from different individuals. Applicants should include at least one reference from a recognized authority involved in the arts or entertainment industries. File Types Supported: PDF (preferred) (.pdf), Microsoft Office (.doc, .ppt, .xls), Microsoft Office 2007 & 2010: Supported but not recommended (.docx, .pptx, .xlsx), Open Office (.odt), Images (.jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp), Other (.txt, .rtf, .tex). Please note that xlsx, docx and pptx formats are not entirely supported. Please save your file types as xls, doc and ppt respectively before uploading.

6) Résumé 

Your Résumé is your acting experience. Please submit your resume in accordance to industry standard format. File Types Supported: PDF (preferred) (.pdf), Microsoft Office (.doc, .ppt, .xls), Microsoft Office 2007 & 2010: Supported but not recommended (.docx, .pptx, .xlsx), Open Office (.odt), Images (.jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp), Other (.txt, .rtf, .tex). Please note that xlsx, docx and pptx formats are not entirely supported. Please save your file types as xls, doc and ppt respectively before uploading.

7) USD $30/$45 Application Fee

An Application Fee must be paid via PayPal or Credit Card (via by the PayPal Terminal) on the application form only. You must be signed-in to your application to submit this payment. No refunds of any kind permitted, including for withdrawn, cancelled, disqualified or unsuccessful applications. 

After you complete your application, you may save it and return at any time before the deadline to login and amend your submission. Once you have submitted your application, you will no longer have access to edit any part of it, but you are able to view and download your submitted answers and material. Please ensure that you are happy with your answers, headshot and video before submitting


Q. What is meant by Scholarship? A. Scholarship refers to how an applicant will spend their time if awarded the Heath Ledger Scholarship. This could refer to classes the applicant wants to take, meetings arranged or any other manner in which the applicant will engage in furthering their career while abroad.

Q. Do you have to live solely in Australia to qualify for the Heath Ledger Scholarship? A. No, the applicant must be a citizen of Australia but can live elsewhere.

Q. Tell me about the video section of the application, what should I film? A. Please send us a video that best showcases your talent. This could be a reel, a scene, a monologue or any creative piece that you feel conveys your best talents.

Q. How do I apply? Please see the Application Checklist above

Q. If I have any questions, who do I write to? A. You may contact AiF at

Australians in Film
Raleigh Studios
5300 Melrose Avenue
Suite #B211, Bronson Bldg 
Hollywood, CA 90038

Phone: 323 433 1464

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