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.

ASF Partnership with Bankwest Foundation

Bankwest Foundation logo

$1 million Scholarship Program for WA NFPs

ASF Welcomes the Bankwest Foundation

as its newest Supporter

Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) is delighted to announce that the Bankwest Foundation will fund a $1 million Scholarship Program for directors and leaders of West Australian not-for-profit organisations.

This partnership is very timely, considering “Many community organisations simply do not have the capacity to fund professional development and education for their people,” says ASF’s CEO Amy Lyden. “Yet with deepening constraints on funding, changes in the regulatory environment and the expectations from donors to not invest in “administration costs”, the need for education and training is greater than ever.”

“The Bankwest Foundation recognises this critical need. This unprecedented $1m scholarship program demonstrates the Bankwest Foundation's commitment to ensuring community organisations not only cope with the challenging environment they are facing, but thrive in it. ASF is thrilled to be partnering with the Bankwest Foundation on this important initiative,” says Amy.

These scholarships, commencing in 2014 and facilitated by Australian Scholarships Foundation, will be for education and training programs provided by ASF’s Education Partners, with more to come in the future:

Of the new partnership, Bankwest’s Head of Community Engagement, Craig Spencer says, "The Bankwest Foundation is very proud to partner with the Australian Scholarships Foundation, an organisation committed to strengthening the Community Sector by providing education opportunities”.

“When we engaged directly with the WA Community Sector, the feedback we received was that there was a critical need for professional development in governance, risk management and project management,” says Craig. “The opportunity to support the building of capacity in theses areas through a scholarship program aligns with the mission of the Bankwest Foundation to improve the well-being of Australians through significant and meaningful community initiatives. We feel proud and very fortunate to be able to support WA community organisations that in turn support those in our community most in need.”

ASF and Bankwest Foundation – building knowledge and leadership capacity in Australia’s not for profit sector

PhD Opportunity in Australia - 2015

New PhD Opportunity in Australia - 2015


The University of Western Australia (UWA) Business School, together with the Centre for Social Impact (CSI), is seeking a top quality postgraduate student (international or domestic) from the not-for-profit community to undertake a Doctorate by Research (PhD) starting in early 2015.

This is a wonderful opportunity to further the groundbreaking research by UWA, CSI and ASF on the impact of both formal and informal work learning on the governance, leadership, and management capacity of not-for-profit organisations.

The postgraduate position provides the opportunity to develop the intellectual and technical expertise required for a career relating to organisational behaviour, learning and development, and human resource management.

Click here to find out more about this incredible opportunity!

Applications close 29th August, 2014 for international candidates and 31st October, 2014 domestic candidates.

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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)