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.

Scholar Spotlight – Our Executive Leadership Program Scholars

Scholar Spotlight

Our Executive Leadership Program Scholars

Scholar Spotlight

During this period of intense change and uncertainty, not-for-profit leaders are being called upon to do more and be more than ever before. This year has shown us that leaders need to be nurtured through inspiration, intervention, opportunity, and practice.

To enable that, the Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) is partnering again with the McKinsey Academy to offer 30 scholarships for the Executive Leadership Program (ELP) in 2021. 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. After 91% of recent applicants reported they would not be able to attend a program of this calibre without a scholarship, ASF and McKinsey Academy joined forces to support NFP leaders when they need it most by giving them the tools to thrive in good times and bad.

With applications now open for the 2021 Executive Leadership Program Scholarships, we spoke to some of our latest alumni to find out more about their experiences and life after ELP.

AICD NFP Governance Scholarships 2020-21


130 AICD Governance Scholarships for NFPs Australia-wide

Applications close 12 November

AICD Scholarships

In partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), ASF are pleased to announce 130 governance education scholarships for not-for-profits across Australia in 2020/21!

In the face of increasing complexity and demand on not-for-profits, good governance has never been more important for the not-for-profit sector. The AICD scholarship program will enable leaders of small NFP organisations (with a turnover of less than $2m) in each state and territory to develop their skills and capabilities to be the leaders of the future.

The scholarships will allow board directors, the executives who report to them, and those who aspire to join a NFP board in the near future to attend the AICD's highly regarded Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors course between February and June 2021.

Each scholarship covers 100% of the program fees and will be offered to non-executive directors and senior executives of NFP organisations who would otherwise be unable to attend governance education programs due to the financial constraints of the organisation.

Click HERE to find out more and apply.

Applications close 12 November 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)