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.

Company Directors Course for Indigenous Business Leaders

Company Directors Course for Indigenous Business Leaders

Deadline extended: Applications close 5 February

Company Directors Course for Indigenous Business Leaders

Perpetual, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) are pleased to make 17 scholarships available for Indigenous leaders to attend the AICD's Company Directors Course for Indigenous Business Leaders in Perth in June 2021.

These scholarships are focused exclusively on supporting Indigenous communities and will be funded by the Fred P Archer Charitable Trust (managed by Perpetual) and the AICD, administered by the ASF and delivered by the AICD.

ASF’s CEO, Sam Sayers, says, “We are delighted to be able to support indigenous leaders to access governance education...These scholarships provide opportunities that may otherwise be difficult for Indigenous communities to access, and we see first-hand the benefits that governance training brings to recipients and their organisations.”

Together, ASF, AICD and Perpetual are offering a combination of full and partial scholarships (valued at up to $7,600 each) to enable Indigenous leaders Australia-wide to develop their skills by exploring the director’s role and responsibilities. Throughout the program, leaders will build upon their governance capabilities and affect positive and long-lasting impact for their organisations.

Applications are now open to new or experienced directors, public officials and senior executives reporting to a board who need to understand governance issues in depth.

Click HERE to find out more and apply.

Applications close Friday 5 February 2021 at 5pm AWST.

Merry Christmas 2020

Merry Christmas

This year has no doubt been challenging, but the team at Australian Scholarships Foundation wish you a happy and safe break over Christmas and New Year.

We are taking some time to recharge and ASF will reopen on 4 January 2021.

We'd like to thank all our many supporters - our education partners, our corporate and philanthropic supporters and the many other friends of ASF for their generosity throughout 2020. Together, we delivered $1.5m in programs to NFP staff, executives and boards this year alone.

Without you, ASF would be unable to fund and facilitate the hundreds of scholarships that give the inspiring leaders in Australia's NFP sector the opportunities to access education, training and professional development across the country. 

And most of all, we salute the thousands of NFP leaders who inspire ASF to do more. We have great plans for even more scholarship opportunities in 2021.

Wishing you a joyous and happy break. We will see you in the New Year!

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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)