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.

AICD Applications

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Attn:  AICD Scholarship Applicants

ASF will soon award 290 scholarships to the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ upcoming short courses, designed specifically for board directors and chairs of charitable NFP organisations.

The scholarships, generously funded by Perpetual (in partnership with the JS Love Trust), offer successful applicants a chance to attend the Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors course or the Not-for-Profit Chairman course in 2014.

This year, ASF received over 1,000 scholarship applications from NFP directors and chairs looking to develop a deeper knowledge of the responsibilities of directorship, financial governance and performance issues relating to NFP organisations.

Thank you to everyone who applied. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by 20th December, 2013.

The Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors course will be held in the following locations and dates:

  • Sydney - 11th February OR 20th February 2014, 8:30am - 5pm
  • Melbourne - 11th February OR 18th February 2014, 8:30am - 5pm
  • Brisbane - 25th February 2014, 8:30am - 5pm
  • Adelaide - 6th March 2014, 8:30am - 5pm
  • Perth - 4th March 2014, 8:30am - 5pm

The Not-for-Profit Chairman course will be held in the following locations and dates:

  • Sydney - 12th February OR 19th February 2014, 8:30am - 2pm
  • Melbourne - 12th February OR 19th February 2014, 8:30am - 2pm
  • Brisbane - 26th February 2014, 8:30am - 2pm
  • Perth - 5th March 2014, 8:30am - 2pm

Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM Joins ASF’s Advisory Panel
Steven Schwartz

The Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) is delighted to welcome Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM as the newest member of its Advisory Panel. Professor Schwartz is the Executive Director of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies and Senior Advisor at Nous Group.

“Helping people to reach their full potential is the fairest and most effective way to build a better society. That is the purpose of the Australian Scholarships Foundation and that is why I am delighted to join the advisory board,” exclaimed Professor Schwartz.

Paul  A. Murnane, Chairman of ASF, said, “Professor Schwartz, as a former Vice Chancellor of three universities, most recently Macquarie University, and a current Teach for Australia board member, has a deep understanding of the importance of quality education and training. We are looking forward to his participation in our Advisory Panel’s important role in helping guide ASF’s growing scholarships program.”

Professor Schwartz is also Chairman of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, which facilitated the inaugural world first Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership, sponsored by the Origin Foundation and supported by ASF.

He joins Greg Hutchinson, Carol Schwartz AM, John Barnes, Julie White and Melinda Cilento on the ASF Advisory Panel. The Panel helps the ASF Board identify trends and influences in the NFP sector where capacity building scholarships can help boost the sector’s effectiveness.

Read more about Professor Steven Schwartz here.

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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)