RAD Australia Teachers’ Scholarship Fund

The Royal Academy of Dance aims to increase access, reward aspirations, and support the excellent standard of education within our Registered Teaching Membership.

In 2021-2022, together with the assistance of our inaugural partners DanceSurance and Harlequin Floors, we have created an ongoing Teachers’ Scholarship Fund supporting RAD Registered Teachers who wish to develop their skills and knowledge by engaging with Continuing Professional Development.

During this pilot year, this applies to the following:

  • Syllabus courses*
  • Teacher observation series
  • RAD Global Webinars
  • RAD Australia Conferences including Dance and Dance Education in an Age of Interconnectivity.
  • RAD Endorsed Provider courses

There is also limited support available for teachers who wish to undertake external professional development opportunities. External courses will need to meet standard CPD requirements for time valued CPD.

Conditions for application

  1. You must be a current Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance Australia.
  2. Applications Registered Teachers residing in Australia only will be considered.
  3. Applications can only be made toward Teachers’ Scholarship Fund designated activities.
  4. Scholarship awards cover the CPD activity fee.
  5. Applicants wishing to attend RAD Australia conferences* can also apply for a travel and accommodation stipend of $500 but should be aware that this will be assessed separately to the activity and may or may not be granted to a successful applicant.
    * note the 2022 conference will be delivered online so the stipend does not apply in 2022.
  6. Teachers may apply as often as they wish but only one designated activity per application round will be granted.
  7. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  8. All applications must be completed in English or translated at your own cost.
  9. A Teachers’ Scholarship Fund Review Panel drawn from CPD, Membership, Faculty of Education and the National Director will consider applications.
  10. Provided an application has been completed in full, an assessment and decision of the application will normally be made on the dates stated above.
  11. We welcome feedback regarding the Teachers’ Scholarship Fund, the process or the outcome of your application. Please submit your feedback in writing only to cpd@rad.org.au
  12. Successful applicants are required to give written feedback on their funded activity within 30 days of completing the activity. This short paragraph may be shared with fund supporters and can be made anonymously if preferred. Please nominate your preference in your application. Feedback should be submitted to cpd@rad.org.au
  13. Where applicants are successful, RAD Australia will make the booking for the nominated activity on behalf of the applicant.


Applications will be assessed twice a year.

Round 1 – for activities taking place from 1 December 2021 to 31 March 2022

  • Applications opened – 20 September
  • Applications closed – 8 November
  • Applicants notified of the outcome – 22 November

The RAD Australia Teachers Scholarship Fund selection committee is very pleased to announce three applicants have been awarded scholarships to attend professional development courses in Round 1 of applications. We were very pleased with the high standard of applications, demonstrating outstanding commitment to teaching and participation in continuing professional development and valuable contributions made to dance students and communities across Australia. Congratulations to all scholarship recipients.  RAD Australia would like to thank inaugural Teachers’ Scholarship Fund partners DanceSurance and Harlequin Floors for their generosity and contributions to the fund, supporting us to facilitate these awards

Round 2 – for activities taking place from 1 April 2022 to 30 November 2022

  • Applications open – 10 January
  • Applications close – 22 February
  • Applicants notified of the outcome – 7 March

The Royal Academy of Dance is committed to celebrating and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from culturally diverse backgrounds, people in regional and remote areas, people living with disabilities, and people who identify as male or gender diverse.

Selection criteria

Scholarships will be assessed and awarded using the information provided on the application form as well as a personal statement.

You should write a personal statement addressing the selection criteria here and attach it to your application below:

  • A strong commitment to professional development
  • A proactive and committed approach to dance teaching
  • An interest in contributing to and engaging with the wider dance teaching profession
  • Barriers that you believe impact your ability to participate in the activity without assistance, such as financial or geographic

Submit an application

Applications are now open for round 2. Please complete the below form.

  • Qualifications

  • Which activity are you applying for?

    Please select only one option from the following sections.
  • Please identify the name and date of the webinar you wish to attend
  • Please give the name, date, fees and a brief description of the course, conference or opportunity you would like to attend. Please note external courses need to meet RAD CPD requirements for time-valued CPD.
  • Personal Statement

    Your personal statement should demonstrate the following selection criteria: • A strong commitment to professional development • A proactive and committed approach to dance teaching • An interest in contributing to and engaging with the wider dance teaching profession • Barriers which you believe impacts on your ability to participate in the activity without assistance, such as financial or geographic. Upload your personal statement below.
  • Max. file size: 50 MB.

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Teachers’ Scholarship Fund Supporters

RAD Australia is grateful for the support of inaugural Teachers' Scholarship Fund partners