11 August 2021

The Australian Scholarships Foundation has announced over 200 scholarships in partnership with Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Stanford Australia Foundation and Kaplan Business School, for not-for-profit board members and leaders.

Samantha Sayers, Chief Executive Officer of, Australian Scholarships Foundation said, “These scholarships are a truly unique opportunity to support and advance NFP sector board members and organisational leaders.”

Recent COVID-19 disruptions have increased the complexity of leading not-for-profit organisations. Ensuring leaders are equipped to meet these challenges, support their teams, and help their communities requires sustained investment to build the skills and capabilities of these leaders. These scholarships help charities support their people to learn and thrive during these unprecedented times.

AICD Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors Program 2021/22 scholarships

The Australian Institute of Company Directors are offering 200 scholarships for directors, senior managers and emerging directors of NFP organisations Australia-wide.

The scholarships aim to provide access to high-quality education for current directors of small NFP organisations and aspiring directors with a passion and commitment to the sector. Scholarships are open to directors, executives, and emerging directors of NFP organisations with a turnover of less than $2 million and are available across all Australian states and territories.

The Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors Program gives participants an understanding of fundamental compliance and performance related roles and responsibilities of directors, specifically in the areas of governance, risk, financial performance, and strategy to support their board member roles.

Applications for the scholarship close 20 August 2021 at 5pm AEST.

2021 Stanford Australia Foundation Scholarship

In 2019 Ben Vasiliou, Chief Executive Officer of Youth Projects, and a passionate advocate for the most vulnerable Australians, was awarded the Stanford Australia Foundation Scholarship which had a significant impact on his leadership ability. “Being awarded a scholarship to study an executive education program at Stanford University was a once in a lifetime opportunity. The course itself opened my mind to new ways of thinking and improved my analytical skills. Whilst being challenged and supported to develop new skills, I was also able to share my own learnings.”

Two Stanford Australia Foundation Scholarships are available in partnership with the Stanford Australia Association this year. The scholarship awards up to AUD$20,000 to cover course fees, and economy travel to/from California. Study includes six months of mentoring from a Stanford alumnus living in Australia and a one-year complimentary membership in the Stanford Australia Association.

Recipients will be in organisational leadership roles and employed by an Australian non-profit organisation with Deductible Gift Recipient status 1 (DGR1).

2021 Kaplan Business School Scholarship

Kaplan Business School is also releasing three scholarships next week to enhance the management and accountability of charitable not-for-profit organisations. Partnering with Australian Scholarships Foundation Kaplan are offering 100% scholarships for the combined package of Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) to not-for-profit staff Australia-wide.

For more information and to apply, visit scholarships.org.au

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About the Australian Institute of Company Directors

The Australian Institute of Company Directors is committed to strengthening society through world-class governance. AICD aim to be the independent and trusted voice of governance, building the capability of a community of leaders for the benefit of society. A membership of more than 44,000 includes directors and senior leaders from business, government and the not-for-profit sectors.

About the Stanford Australia Foundation

The Stanford Australia Foundation is an initiative of the Stanford Australia Association, which was established in 1987 to link the substantial group of Stanford alumni in Australia.

Its mission is to enable more Australians to share the exciting experience of a Stanford education for the benefit of the Australian community. Its flagship scholarship for the non-profit scholarship program provides an opportunity for senior executives in the Australian non-profit sector to undertake further study at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

About the Kaplan Business School

Kaplan Business School is a globally recognised provider of higher education degrees in Australia and offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in business, accounting, marketing, management, tourism, entrepreneurship, health services, digital management, analytics, project management and leadership.

Since its launch in 2008, Kaplan has grown to a national multi-campus network educating over 3,500 scholars.