Fullbright professional scholarship in non-profit leadership

Opening date: 3 February 2020

Closing date: 6 July 2020

Background Information:

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers scholarships to Australian citizens across all career stages. Awardees take part in an academic and cultural exchange, pursuing research or study at a U.S. institution, experiencing life abroad and bringing back their knowledge and experience to share with their communities in Australia.

A Fulbright award is more than a scholarship – it is, in the words of Senator Fulbright, a means of fostering “leadership, learning, and empathy between cultures… It is a modest program with an immodest aim – the achievement in international affairs of a regime more civilised, rational and humane than the empty system of power of the past.”

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2020 McCarthy Mentoring Executive Scholarship

Closing date: Friday 27 March 2020

Background information:

Now in its eighth year, the scholarship is designed to assist a talented executive strengthen their leadership skills, manage tough organisation challenges and increase their capacity to lead change through their important work in the community.

The chosen recipient will receive a placement on the six month Executive Mentoring Program. The participant will have access to an experienced leader as their mentor who will offer insights, guidance and advice. The program includes resources, tools and access to broader networks.

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McKinsey Academy - Executive Leadership Program Scholarships

Closing date: 12 February 2020


The Executive Leadership Program (ELP) is a ‘hands on’ leadership development program that develops self-aware leaders who have the capability and conviction to lead in the age of complexity and disruption. Leadership cannot be taught like a language. It requires nurturing through inspiration, intervention, opportunity, and practice. This program accelerates the development of senior talent by increasing self-awareness, exploring topics with a diverse faculty of leaders and coaches, and personalising insights within groups of external peers.

The Executive Leadership Program is designed to benefit high potential seasoned executives who are seeking personal and professional growth. A typical participant leads, or is on track to lead an organisation, significant business unit or function. They may be a CEO, or in a role where they report to a top team member. Each year, the class comprises 150 seasoned executives from 50+ organisations drawn from private, public, NFP and social sectors.

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The Rhodes Scholarship for Australia

Opening date: Opening dates for 2020 have not been released, in 2019 applications opened on 1 July 2019

Closing date: Closing dates for 2020 have not been released, in 2019 applications closed on 13 September.

Background Information:

The Rhodes Scholarship programme is the oldest (established 1903), and perhaps the most prestigious, international scholarship programme in the world. Administered by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford, the programme offers more than 100 fully-funded Scholarships each year for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the UK - one of the world’s leading universities. Selection Committees for the Scholarships are looking for young leaders of outstanding intellect and character who are motivated to engage with global challenges, committed to the service of others and show promise of becoming value-driven, principled leaders for the world’s future.

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Stanford Australia Foundation Scholarship

Note: Applications have closed for the 2020 scholarship. Applications for the 2021 scholarship will open in mid-July 2020.

Background Information:

The 2019 Stanford Australia Foundation Scholarship includes up to AUD20,000 (for course fees and economy travel) for a not-for-profit (NFP) executive to attend a Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) executive course and undertake a study tour. Six months of mentoring from a Stanford alumnus living in Australia will also be offered together with complimentary membership in the Stanford Australia Association.

Candidates can choose their preferred GSB course from a variety of offerings, and we are pleased to advise that the popular Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders and the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship courses are being offered again in 2019. In preparing an application, candidates should review course outlines and consider how the courses will contribute to fulfilling personal and professional objectives.

The Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders is a six-day residential program designed to further the professional development of leaders in the non-profit sector. The Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship is a six-day residential program designed to help social entrepreneurs take enterprises and innovative models to the next level. For a complete list of courses available visit the Stanford GSB website.

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Myer Innovation Fellowships

Note: Applications have closed for the 2020 fellowship. Applications for the 2021 fellowship will open in late June 2020.

Background Information:

The Myer Innovation Fellowships will support Australia's brightest, self-directed leaders to forge breakthrough solutions and articulate actionable ideas that compel our community to respond. Fellows will take nine months away from their current role to pursue a nascent idea that has the capacity to radically shift our approaches to the challenges facing the social and environmental sectors in Australia today.

The Myer Innovation Fellowships provide recipients with the unrestricted time and support needed to develop their ground-breaking idea into a plan for action. Fellows will each receive $100,000 for their nine-month commitment to the program along with select administrative and operational support.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step outside the routine and rhythm of everyday life and chase down an answer to the great tests we face as a nation.

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Australian Institute of Company Directors

Not-for-Profit Scholarships

Note: The scholarship program for 2019/20 has closed. If you would like to be notified future NFP scholarship opportunities with the AICD, email We will also update this page when 2020/21 dates are released.

Background Information:

This annual scholarship program forms part of the AICD’s strong commitment to the Not-for-Profit sector. With a majority of their members involved in the governance of NFP’s across Australia, they offer scholarships for leaders in this sector to steer their organisations to success.

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