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.

A milestone worth celebrating!

ASF Scholarship Milestone

Since our beginning in 2008, we've had the privilege of supporting 4,000+ not-for-profit leaders all around the country with over $11 million in scholarships.

Our scholars have studied with many of Australia’s top universities and RTOs, gaining skills and qualifications in everything from business, leadership and finance, to governance, impact measurement and marketing. We are so proud of their achievements and delighted to make these opportunities a reality.

We couldn’t do this without the generosity and support of our education partners, funders, alumni, and the hard work of our dedicated team, assessment panel and board. Thank you to all our supporters for sharing and furthering our vision of building the capacity of the not-for-profit sector.

To celebrate this milestone, we’re launching a new scholarship opportunity every week in October!

These scholarships will focus on empowering not-for-profits Australia-wide with the leadership and governance skills they need to navigate 2021. Keep a look out for these opportunities in your inbox and encourage your peers, friends and colleagues to follow along too!

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Get inspired by our scholars and their experiences.

Scholar Spotlight - Our Young Leaders Forum Scholars

Scholar Spotlight

Our Young Leaders Forum Scholars

Scholar Spotlight YLF

During these uncertain times, our young leaders are being called upon to do more and be more than ever before.

So, to help inspire, nurture and lead our young leaders, once again ASF is partnering with the McKinsey Academy to offer the 2021 Young Leaders Forum (YLF) scholarships. The YLF is a global leadership development program that provides participants with the necessary skills, ways of thinking, and insights to become a better leader in a world of accelerating disruptive change. With a focus on strengths and stretch, YLF develops unique, inspirational, and supportive leaders with the skills to lead themselves and their teams more effectively.

With applications now open for the 2021 Young Leaders Forum Scholarships, we spoke to some of our latest alumni to find out more about their experiences how the YLF has changed their lives.

One year on from completing the YLF, recipient Alan Wu found that his perception of leadership had changed: “The YLF was a distinctive and well-structured opportunity to take a step back from the everyday pressures of work to learn about leading ourselves, leading people and leading organisations.” Alan is the youngest member of the Board of Directors at Oxfam Australia, and continues to improve the organisation’s overall performance, strategic direction, effective governance and leadership.

Angela Lewis from Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation was one of our 2019 recipients. She participated in the YLF at a critical point in her career where she was just starting to transition to being a Captain, and noted that, “completing the YLF allowed me to take some time out to think about myself as a leader under the guidance of the course facilitators; something I don’t ever recall doing before.” Overall, Angela said that, “the knowledge gained from the Young Leaders Forum has helped me to be a better leader through such an unprecedented situation."

Our last featured scholar is Ryan Kiddle, who is a Senior Manager at The Disability Trust. Another 2019 recipient, Ryan shares that his experience in the YLF has since assisted him in supporting others to become resilient in a changing environment. He recalls that the program taught him, “the importance of self-care and reflection in leadership, and the practical strategies that one can put into practice to look after yourself both mentally and physically.”

You too could join the ranks of Alan, Angela and Ryan, and win a Young Leaders Forum Scholarship for 2021. We encourage all emerging NFP leaders to join these likeminded peers for a learning opportunity of a lifetime!

Applicants Australia-wide are welcome to apply.

Click HERE to find out more.

Applications close 8 December 2020 at 5pm AEDT.

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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)