Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas is the USU's grants program for emerging creative talent at USyd.

Each year the USU hand picks, nurtures and presents some of USyd's most exciting rising stars from the creative and cultural community on campus to showcase and support the best of student talent. The program spans all creative and cultural disciplines including fashion, music, theatre, filmmaking, writing, art, food, architecture, environment and humanitarian. 

Bright Ideas provides financial and professional support to help students achieve their artistic goals. 

We'll help you be a Bright Young Thing through:

  • Financial assistance 
  • Marketing support
  • Mentoring and business advice
  • Access to industry contacts

Applications are now closed for 2017. Bright Ideas will be back in 2018.  
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What’s your Bright Idea?

You can achieve amazing things with a Bright Ideas Student Project Grant, and any proposal that supports the aims of the program is eligible and will be considered to receive funding!
You might want to illuminate JFR plaza with a stunning light display, spark conversation with an outdoor poetry and spoken word competition, kick start a charity to help disadvantaged students, or perhaps bring a leading academic in your field of study to campus for a public guest lecture – don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

Check out what our previous Bright Ideas grant recipients have achieved.

Bright Ideas Student Project Grants are open to individuals or groups of ACCESS members currently enrolled at the University of Sydney.

Your application must demonstrate how you plan to meet one or several of the following aims of the Student Grants program:

  • Foster membership of, and participation in, the USU, in the spirit of universal student unionism.
  • Facilitate the social, cultural, and recreational activities of USU members, especially (but not exclusively) within USU facilities.
  • Promote the personal, intellectual, cultural and social development of USU members by providing opportunities to share talents, interests and ideas.
  • Create opportunities and foster initiatives that develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence of USU members
  • Develop projects that promote the interests and welfare of USU members and members of the university community, including projects that challenge all forms of discrimination and harassment, promote the safety of our community, and promote environmentally sustainable practices and behavior.
  • Enable the pursuit of extra-curricular projects that are beyond the scope of existing USU programs and events.
  • Encourage the highest standard of creativity and excellence.