We have curated a selection of scholarships and education opportunities from providers across Australia to support not-for-profit staff. We do not administer these scholarships so please send queries directly to the organisation as per the links below.

Social Impact Leadership Australia (SILA) program

Social Impact Leadership Australia (SILA) is a national capacity-building and leadership program designed specifically for CEOs of Australian for-purpose organisations.

The SILA Program will be rolled out over the next five years until 2026, across Australia. The next program is 2023-2024 the program will be offered in WA and SA. Two cohorts have commenced VIC and TAS (2022-2023), and NSW and ACT (2021-2022).

The SILA Program’s funders include The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund, the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and the Paul Ramsay Foundation. 

SILA is delivered by the Centre for Social Impact, a world leader in social impact education, research and leadership.

Chief Executive Women

Chief Executive Women is offering scholarships for mid to senior-level NFP managers. The scholarships are designed to help women build their leadership capabilities and accelerate their careers.

In 2022 they are offering Not-for-Profit Scholarships. Applications open 27 June 2022 and close 15 August 2022.

Australian International Institute of Project Evaluation

Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation – This course is designed for individuals interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in monitoring and evaluation. The course is suitable for those working in a range of fields including community development, health promotion, social work, humanitarian work, and monitoring and evaluation.

Partial scholarships are available for those in need of financial support. You can apply for scholarships on the enrol now page.

Social impact scholarships for 2022

  • CSI Board Scholarship – 1 x $10,000 – available for any CSI degree program at UNSW, SWIN or UWA
  • National CSI Social Impact Scholarships: various
  • Indigenous Female Social Impact Scholarship (UNSW) – 1 x $15,000 – available for the GCSI or GDSI at UNSW
  • Robin Crawford Memorial Scholarship (UNSW) – 1 x $5,000 – available for the GCSI, GDSI or MBAx at UNSW
  • MBA x (Social Impact) Scholarships (UNSW) – 2 x $12,500 and 1 x $25,000 – available for the MBAx at UNSW
  • Global Sustainability & Social Impact Scholarship (UNSW) – 1 x $6,000 – available for the GCSI, GDSI or MBAx at UNSW

** Scholarship applications close at midnight (AEST) on Tuesday, 26 April 2022.
Applicants will be advised by Friday 13 May. **

Coaching for Purpose 2023 – Scholarship

This program is designed for women who are mid-career, in a leadership role or aspire to further develop their leadership effectiveness.  

1:1 Coaching is provided over six months, workshops with fellow participants and psychometric assessment results to ensure that the growth and development will be long-lasting.

The next Coaching for Purpose program commences May 2023

Successful participants will contribute $490 towards the cost.  You can request for this to be paid in multiple instalments. Commercial value of the program is $6900.

Minimum requirements:

You have been in a management role and are seeking to further grow your skills and increase your impact in your organisation and in the sector.

You work in an organisation  that is working towards social change, advocacy, or focused on improving society.

The program focuses on growing and developing your own authentic leadership behaviours to optimise your performance, enabling you to achieve your own and the organisation’s goals.

The organisation might be either a Not for Profit organisation or Non-Government Organisation.

The scholarship is open to any woman with at least 10 years work experience and currently works in the Not For Profit sector.  The Scholarship applicant is requested to outline why they consider themselves eligible for a funded program (due to hardship, financial circumstances, etc).

Applicants must be able to attend coaching and workshops which are held in Sydney. However we encourage people from regional Australia and other states to apply as all one to one coaching is done over Zoom.  

Scholarship applications close on Friday, March 17th 2023 and will be advised in early April 2023.

Westpac FoundationWestpac Social Change Fellowship 

The Westpac Social Change Fellowship supports the development of individuals who have the vision and commitment to shape a better future for Australians.

Each year up to ten Fellowships, worth up to $50,000, are awarded to those candidates who are leading an initiative that tackles one of Australia’s social issues.

The Fellowship invests in the professional development of an individual. The award is designed to give recipients the time and space to develop the skills, knowledge and networks to accelerate their growth as social innovator. This may involve engaging with global thought leaders and industry experts, training, mentoring and building stronger connections that will directly enhance your ability to lead social change.

2022 Applications closed 30 September 2021. 2023 application detail to be announced.

Office for Women VictoriaWomen’s Board Leadership Program 2022.

The Office for Women Victoria is sponsoring 25 places for women to undertake an online Diploma of Governance by the Institute of Community Directors Australia.

The deadline for applications is 8 April 2022.

Institute of Community Directors Australia

The Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA) is offering a Diploma of Governance designed for the board members of Australian not-for-profit boards and committees, and the CEOs and other senior staff who work alongside them.

Closing date 31 December 2022.

Fundraising Institute of Australia

The Fundraising Institute of Australia offers a range of not-for-profit scholarships including:

  • Frank Chamberlin Scholarship – Aimed at improving copywriting for fundraising skills. Closes 31 March 2022
  • The Leo Orland/FIA Foundation Scholarship for early-career fundraisers. Closes 13 May 2022
  • BMS Scholarship provides support to the future leaders of fundraising. Closes 13 May 2022
  • The Small Charities Scholarship thanks to Small Non-Profits Alliance. Opens July 2022.

University of NSW – AGSM

The Australian Graduate School of Management offers a range of not-for-profit scholarships including:

  • Andrew Thyne Reid Scholarship
  • CSI AGSM MBAX (Social Impact) Scholarship
  • AGSM Alumni Community Leader Scholarship

2022 Harvard Club Victoria Non-Profit Fellowship

Opportunity for Victorian Community Service Sector CEOs to Study at Harvard Business School

Applications for the 2022 Harvard Club of Victoria’s (HCV) Non-Profit Fellowships to the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program at Harvard Business School open on Wednesday 1 December 2021.

Mt Burdett Foundation ScholarshipWA Leaders

Open to regional Western Australians who are in the early to mid-stages of their career are encouraged to apply for the Mt Burdett Foundation Scholarship, which supports places in Leadership WA’s June 2022 Rising Leadership Program.

The program unites leaders from the corporate, not-for-profit and public sectors to share experiences, explore who they are as leaders, build on their strengths and discover how to take on greater leadership roles.

Applications close on April 15, 2022

The Rotary Foundation – Fellowships

The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the fully-funded 2023 Rotary Peace Fellowship. Up to 130 peace and development leaders are selected globally every year to earn either a master’s degree or a post-graduate diploma in peace and conflict studies at one of seven Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities around the world. Application deadline 15 May 2022.

Kilfinan Australia

Kilfinan Australia provides confidential, free, one-on-one mentoring relationships between CEOs of not-for-profit organisations and experienced leaders from the corporate and public sectors.

Disclaimer: the above scholarships are not facilitated by the Australian Scholarships Foundation and all information on these external scholarships are updated by the individual providers.

We are happy to share details of not-for-profit scholarships in line with our own eligibility criteria on this page to support the broader NFP community. Please send an email to the team with your organisations’ details and official weblinks.

Professional development courses and webinars 2022

We have brought together a selection of webinars and programs from across the sector to support your learning. Read more here.

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Scholarships now open

The Australian Scholarships Foundation have over 400 scholarships planned for 2022. Read about scholarships open now, or all the opportunities offered in 2021.