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.

2014 Fulbright Scholarship Winners Announced
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2014 Fulbright Scholarship Winners Announced

Today, the Australian-American Fulbright Commission officially announced the recipients of its 2014 Australian Scholarships and Anne-Wexler Scholarships during a presentation dinner at Brisbane City Hall.

Among them, Ms Karen Hart of The Youth Junction Inc was recognised as the recipient of this year’s Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership, sponsored by the Origin Foundation and supported by the Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF).

The annually awarded Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership is designed to provide an opportunity for a leader in the NFP sector to undertake research in the United States for 3-4 months. An individual scholarship benefit is valued up to $40,000 for research and professional development in the U.S. The Origin Foundation has generously funded this scholarship opportunity for 2013-2017.

Strengthening NFP Boards - 2014 AICD Programs

Strengthening NFP Boards - 290 Directors Attend AICD Programs


Congratulations to all those who participated in the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors and The NFP Chairman courses in February and March this year. ASF would like to thank Perpetual who generously funded 290 scholarships, and also the AICD for delivering exceptional programs in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

NFP board chairs and directors at all levels of experience benefited from the interactive workshops in governance, risk awareness and sustainability for the not-for-profit sector.

Ms Amy Cato, director of WIRE and the Australian Quadriplegics Association, attended the Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors course. She says, “The course was fantastic. It has made me stronger in my confidence and understanding of my role as Director, which is an invaluable asset to both myself and to the Boards I sit on. It has made me question and challenge some areas of our governance processes to further build the overall sustainability and risk awareness of the organisation”.

ASF hopes to be offering additional AICD scholarships later this year. Sign up to our newsletter to receive updates on this opportunity, as well as many more.

To view photos of the 2014 AICD courses, click ‘Read More’.

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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)