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Practical Fulbright Advice from Tessa Boyd-Caine PDF Print E-mail


What does a Fulbright scholarship entail?

We spoke to Tessa Boyd-Caine about her Fulbright experience and her best tips for handling the logistics...


In 2013, Tessa Boyd-Caine (now CEO of Health Justice Australia) was one of two inaugural recipients of the Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership. Tessa spent four months in the United States researching issues around how not-for-profit organisations can strengthen and lead the trust and confidence in which the sector is held.

As Deputy CEO of the Australian Council Social Service (ACOSS) at the time, Tessa found the support of her organisation invaluable and essential to undertaking the Fulbright. Here she shares her best tips for current applicants and scholars considering the logistics of the scholarship:

Tessa Boyd-Caine
  1. "The Fulbright Nonprofit Scholarship is a rare opportunity to step away from the day-to-day and immerse yourself in a learning and development opportunity. You can’t do it (or yourself) justice if you are also juggling your day job. And you shouldn’t have to. In my case, the stipend with the scholarship meant I could take leave without pay from my








job, leaving my employer free to backfill me with a replacement. I did a two week handover with my replacement at the beginning, a one week hand-back at the end, and for the rest of the time I was blissfully free to engage in my Fulbright work and the experience of living in the USA.

2.   "The support of your organisation will go a long way to enabling the most out of a Fulbright experience. From providing a reference, to supporting the time I needed away from the office during the Fulbright, through to valuing my ongoing engagement in Fulbright activities afterwards, I had strong support from my employer and this was really helpful. But this doesn’t only go one-way; ideally, your organisation should benefit too. I brought value back into my organisation with my newly-developed expertise from the issues I examined during my Fulbright; I extended our organisational networks; I had suggestions about new ways to tackle challenges within the organisation, from the time I had spent embedded in other organisations; and I was much more focussed on how to support and lead my colleagues.

3.   "Don’t underestimate the time you might need to step back from the day-to-day of your job before you are really ready to engage in the Fulbright opportunity. I was fortunate to be in the position where I had not taken leave for some time and so could take a break between finishing up in my job and commencing the Fulbright. This turned out to be invaluable as a way to decompress and meant I was in the best headspace to throw myself into my Fulbright experience, once it commenced."

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Applications are closing soon for the 2020 Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership!

Click HERE to find out more and apply.

Applications close Monday 15 July 2019 at 11:59pm AEST.


 
2019 Young Leaders Forum Scholarships PDF Print E-mail

2019 Young Leaders Forum Scholarships

Applications close 1 July

Young Leaders Forum

With the aim of empowering the next generation of not-for-profit leaders, ASF has once again joined forces with McKinsey & Company to offer scholarships to McKinsey Academy’s Young Leaders Forum this year. Scholarship recipients will join a large cross-industry cohort of likeminded leaders to take part in this global leadership development program.

The Young Leaders Forum provides participants with the necessary skills, ways of thinking, and insights to become a better leader in a world of accelerating disruptive change, by maintaining a radical focus on what is within their control.

"I can honestly say that I have been blown away by the whole experience...To have had the opportunity to participate in this forum, network with other young leaders and dedicate time to myself and my development has been a truly incomparable experience.

"McKinsey Academy fostered such a powerful atmosphere of trust and sharing during the forum that we were and still are having very meaningful and vulnerable conversations and really tackling our own development areas in a supportive yet challenging group. The calibre of guests speakers and topics open for discussion was also exceptional and unlike anything else I have seen," - Sally Davies of Royal Far West, a 2018 scholarship recipient.

The Young Leaders Forum is designed to benefit emerging high potential future leaders, who typically have between 7 and 12 years of work experience, and are making the transition into people leadership roles, as well as taking on more responsibility for driving the strategy and execution of their organisations. CEOs of small NFPs, social enterprises or start-ups may also find the course beneficial, as they start to build their organisations and manage people.

The Young Leaders Forum is a blended program, consisting of a four-day workshop in Sydney while the rest of the program is completed remotely over several weeks between August and October. 

Applicants Australia-wide are welcome to apply.

Click HERE to find out more and apply.

Applications close 1 July 2019 at 5pm AEST.


 
Doctor of Business Leadership 2019 PDF Print E-mail

Boost your effectiveness with a Doctor of Business Leadership

Applications close 30 June

Doctor of Business Leadership

We’ve partnered with the Australian Graduate School of Leadership (AGSL) at Torrens University Australia to offer a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to complete a Doctor of Business Leadership with a partial scholarship worth almost $40,000.

The Doctor of Business Leadership (DBL) is designed to prepare senior executives to more effectively assume overall leadership responsibility within a substantial multi-business unit organisation, operating in intensely competitive national and global markets. The program provides personal challenges and capability enhancement opportunities for experienced executives who have demonstrated the ability to contribute to the success of their organisations over at least a ten-year period and who have completed a Master Degree in a relevant business or leadership discipline.

This is an incredible opportunity for senior not-for-profit executives and leaders preparing to take on more significant leadership roles and boost their career trajectory. Applications open Australia-wide.

Click HERE to find out more and apply.

Applications close 30 June 2019 at 5pm AEST.


 
AICD NFP Governance Scholarships 2019 PDF Print E-mail
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140 AICD Governance Scholarships for NFPs Australia-wide

Applications close 20 June

AICD Scholarships

In partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), ASF are pleased to announce 140 governance education scholarships for not-for-profits across Australia in 2019/20!

In the face of increasing complexity and demand on not-for-profits, good governance has never been more important for the not-for-profit sector. The AICD scholarship program will enable leaders of small NFP organisations in each state and territory to develop their skills and capabilities to be the leaders of the future.

The scholarships will allow board directors, the executives who report to them, and those who aspire to join a NFP board in the near future to attend the AICD's highly regarded Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors course.

Each scholarship covers 100% of the associated course fees and will be offered to non-executive directors and senior executives of NFP organisations who would otherwise be unable to attend governance education programs due to the financial constraints of the organisation.

Click HERE to find out more and apply.

Applications close 20 June 2019 at 5pm AEST.


 
Give for Good New Leaders Scholarships 2019 PDF Print E-mail

GIVE FOR GOOD NEW LEADERS SCHOLARSHIPS

For emerging not-for-profit leaders Australia-wide

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 25 JUNE

Give for Good New Leaders Scholarships

ASF, Give for Good and Melbourne Business School are inviting emerging not-for-profit leaders to apply for a brand new scholarship opportunity to attend the New Leaders Development Program at MBS in September. There are 12 full scholarships and a select number of Rural Travel Grants available as part of the inaugural Give for Good New Leaders Scholarships, created to develop, foster and build the capacity of local not-for-profit leaders.

The New Leaders Development Program is specifically designed for managers who are leading teams, transitioning into a leadership role, or have had little leadership development.

Scholarship recipients will become more effective leaders by learning how to better support their teams through increased impact in areas such as conflict management, performance-building and goal-setting. They will gain the insights and tools needed to build personal, team and organisational effectiveness and learn to delegate effectively, manage conflict, lead with confidence, set realistic goals and coach others.

The scholarships will be offered to individuals employed by an Australian charity or not-for-profit organisation, with preference given to organisations that support education & youth initiatives, disaster relief, and/or rural communities.

Click HERE to find out more and apply.

Applications close Tuesday 25 June 2019 at 5pm AEST.


 
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