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George Proudman Fellowship

Applications now open for the George Proudman Fellowship 2021, a $12,000 endowment open to stonemasons to foster leadership, work skills and knowledge abroad.

What is it?

New South Wales has many sandstone buildings dating from the early 1800s onwards. Conserving these heritage buildings contributes to the cultural and social wellbeing of NSW residents as well as providing significant places and settings for tourism, boosting our economy.

Having people in NSW experienced in the care and maintenance of these buildings is important.

The George Proudman Fellowship, established and sponsored by the stone industry and state government, grants up to $12,000 to a stonemason for travel overseas in 2021 to gain technical and practical experience not available in Australia.  

Note: Due to COVID-19, travel plans (including dates, activities and destinations) may need to be modified as needed.


To be eligible for this program you must:

  1. be a trade qualified stonemason working in NSW, and
  2. have two or more years’ experience in traditional masonry work or repairs.
  3. be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia.

How to apply

Complete the application form (PDF, 109 MB).

You will also need to include:

  • your resume
  • a letter of support from your employer (unless you are self-employed)
  • a reference from a person who knows you in a professional capacity and can comment on your achievements and commitment to your profession.

Please read the application guideline (PDF, 2.23 MB) before you submit your application.

Applications are open from 3 August 2020 to COB 14 September 2020.

Who was George Proudman?

The George Proudman Fellowship was established to honour the legacy of the late George Proudman, who up until his death in 2000 was a passionate educator and advocate for the stonework conservation of our culturally significant public buildings.

As Master Mason of the NSW Department of Public Works in the 1970’s and 1980’s, George was instrumental in promoting, advocating and revitalising the craft of traditional stonemasonry in NSW.

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More information

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