The Australian Scholarships Foundation – ASF  is the only Australian organisation solely focused on funding and facilitating scholarships for Australian not-for-profit (NFP) directors and staff to undertake education, training and mentoring programs that improve their ability to lead and manage their organisations.

ASF is a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and Australian charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ABN 83 420 919 581).

ASF works with a number of universities, education providers and supporters to access and make scholarships available in a growing range of leadership and management training programs. These include postgraduate university diplomas, certificate and degree courses, short management and other training programs and specialised mentoring services. Disciplines covered include leadership, finance, accounting and risk management, board governance, strategic planning, project management, marketing and social networking. 

ASF does not provide any education and training programs in its own right, although it works with education providers and private companies to deliver specific programs that meet NFP needs.

Full details, application forms and terms and conditions of current scholarships can be viewed at Open Scholarships and Frequently Asked Questions.

ASF is a proud member of Philanthropy Australia.

A milestone worth celebrating!

ASF Scholarship Milestone

Since our beginning in 2008, we've had the privilege of supporting 4,000+ not-for-profit leaders all around the country with over $11 million in scholarships.

Our scholars have studied with many of Australia’s top universities and RTOs, gaining skills and qualifications in everything from business, leadership and finance, to governance, impact measurement and marketing. We are so proud of their achievements and delighted to make these opportunities a reality.

We couldn’t do this without the generosity and support of our education partners, funders, alumni, and the hard work of our dedicated team, assessment panel and board. Thank you to all our supporters for sharing and furthering our vision of building the capacity of the not-for-profit sector.

To celebrate this milestone, we’re launching a new scholarship opportunity every week in October!

These scholarships will focus on empowering not-for-profits Australia-wide with the leadership and governance skills they need to navigate 2021. Keep a look out for these opportunities in your inbox and encourage your peers, friends and colleagues to follow along too!

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Get inspired by our scholars and their experiences.

CPA Program Scholarships 2020/21

2021 CPA Program Scholarships

Applications close 14 October

CPA Program Scholarships

You can never know what’s around the corner, but with the right preparation, you can be ready for it.

ASF and CPA Australia are delighted to offer up to five 100% scholarships to staff of not-for-profit organisations to study the CPA Program, beginning in 2021. These scholarships will enable managers and financial officers of registered charitable organisations to enhance their knowledge and skills, further contributing to the management and accountability of their organisations.

Integrating internationally relevant subject content with cutting-edge resources, the CPA Program ensures that you are equipped to succeed – both in your current role and into the future. The combination of world class study materials in accounting knowledge and strategic thinking, a rigorous assessment process and a practical experience requirement, offers a valuable opportunity to improve the financial and accounting services of your NFP organisation and strengthen your own qualifications. CPA Australia is committed to continuous innovation – leading by example to provide you with flexibility, consistency and integrity, no matter what the future holds.

Applications close Wednesday 14 October 2020 at 5pm AEDT.


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A snapshot of the Not-for-Profit Sector in Australia
600,000 NFP organisations contributes nearly 5% to GDP -$41b annually employs nearly 900,000 people attracts 4.6m volunteers
(source: ABS 2006-07 and Productivity Commission 2010)