Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is there an application fee?
    • No, we do not charge individuals or organisations to apply for a scholarship.
  2. Why must the applicant be an Australian citizen or permanent resident?
    • The Australian Scholarships Foundation is recognised as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). The Australian Income Tax Act requires that funds donated to a DGR for scholarships can only be used for scholarships awarded to Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents. The Income Tax Act does not provide for any exceptions to this requirement.
  3. What’s included in an endorsement letter?
    • Along with an application form, most Australian Scholarships Foundation supported scholarships require you to upload an endorsement letter written by your supporting organisation, i.e., the CEO (or member of the Board if you are the CEO of your organisation). If you are a non-executive director, you may obtain a letter from a fellow board member (ideally the Chair) or the CEO of the organisation.
    • They need to clearly state their support for you to undertake the study and what benefit it will be to the organisation, as well as any other information they believe may help the success of your application. Endorsement letters should be approx. an A4 page in length and include the employer’s contact details. A variety of Australian Scholarships Foundation assessment panel members and representatives from the education provider will read your endorsement letter so you may simply address it to the “Australian Scholarships Foundation Assessment Panel”.
  4. Is the application process accessible to people with disabilities?
    • The Australian Scholarships Foundation is committed to providing an equitable and accessible experience for all scholarship applicants. We utilise Good Grants for our online application platform, which meets W3C WAI’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1, Level AA conformance. If you require any reasonable adjustments please do not hesitate to contact the team at [email protected] or 1300 248 675.
  5. What reasonable adjustments are available for the application process?
    • The team at Australian Scholarships Foundation will work with you to understand and meet your specific needs so that you can complete your scholarship application, such as providing the application form in an accessible Word format. Please contact us to discuss any adjustments which you would find beneficial, at [email protected] or 1300 248 675.
  6. I didn’t receive a confirmation email when I submitted my scholarship application. What should I do?
    • Login to our scholarships application portal and access your profile in the top right-hand corner, under your name.
    • Go to ‘Preferences’ and ensure you have allowed ‘Broadcast emails’. This is how the Australian Scholarships Foundation will contact you in relation to the progress of your application, so it is important you allow us access to contact you.
    • If you require assistance with this process please do not hesitate to contact the team at [email protected] or 1300 248 675.
  7. I missed the application deadline – can I still apply? No. Unfortunately, late applications cannot be accepted.
  8. Can I apply for this program if I was successful in the first round of the Disability Leadership Program? No, you will not be eligible to apply if you were successful in the first round of this program.
  9. Can I apply for this program if I have applied for previous AICD scholarship programs? Yes, you will need to submit a new online application via the ASF website.
  10. Do I have to be a member of the AICD to apply? No. The Disability Leadership Program is open to both members and non-members of the AICD. Each scholarship will include a one-year membership to the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
  11. If my application is successful, can I select when and where to undertake the course? Applicants are able to choose the course date from a range of dates provided in the application form. Courses can be taken face-to-face or online. For face-to-face courses, applicants should select a course in their State of residence. Note that AICD will aim to accommodate course preferences pending availability and travel restrictions.
  12. Why is it important to share your accessibility needs in advance? This will enable the AICD to ensure it can make the adjustments needed to allow equitable participation in the course for every applicant