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.

The Benevolent Society's 200th Birthday

Happy 200th Birthday to Australia’s Oldest Charity – The Benevolent Society


Wednesday 8th May marks the 200th birthday of Australia’s oldest charity, The Benevolent Society - an incredible milestone for an organisation that has done, and continues to do, so much in the lives of everyday Australians. The Benevolent Society is a not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with other organisations to improve the well-being of children, young people, families and older Australians, especially in disadvantaged communities.

Congratulations to Fulbright Scholars

Congratulations to the Fulbright Scholars of 2013

On Monday 6th May, the Australian Scholarships Foundation, the Origin Foundation and the Fulbright Commission came together to host an event in celebration of the recipients of the inaugural Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership, sponsored by the Origin Foundation and supported by the Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) - Mr Andrew Tyndale of Grace Mutual and Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine of ACOSS.

Fulbright Event 2013

L to R: Professor Steven Schwartz, Chair of the Fulbright Commission; Amy Lyden, CEO of ASF; Fulbright Scholars Andrew Tyndale and Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine; Professor Murray Wells, Deputy Chairman of ASF; Dr Tangerine Holt, Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission; Paul Murnane, Chair of ASF; Gordon Cairns, Chair of the Origin Foundation.

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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)