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Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership

ASF is proud to have supported eleven not-for-profit leaders with a Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership since 2013. Our recipients have had an opportunity like none other to improve their skills and knowledge, exchange information with peers in Australia and the U.S., as well as join the prestigious alumni of Fulbright Scholars worldwide.

Applications are now open for the 2022 Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership. Click HERE to find out more and apply by 6 July 2021.

2021 recipient - to be announced March 2021

Dermot O'Gorman

Dermot O'Gorman, 2020 recipient

Dermot is passionate about people and the planet. As a global leader in sustainable development, he has spent the past 18 years as CEO of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in the Pacific, then WWF-China and now WWF-Australia. Dermot has driven innovation-thinking within WWF, especially on digital technologies, overseeing the establishment of WWF-Panda Labs and WWF’s first global joint venture in OpenSC, of which he is Chair of the Board.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Dermot will work with Stanford University’s Digital Civil Society Lab on rethinking the future of Non-Government Organisations. The research will look at the blurring of lines between profit and not-for-profit and how digital disruption is reshaping the notion of what civil society is and how it engages with stakeholders. He will explore the re-imagining of environmental NGOs globally, strengthen Australia/U.S. civil society networks and contribute to peer-to-peer learning with philanthropy and NGO leaders.

View Dermot's Fulbright awardee profile.

Adam Davids

Adam Davids, 2019 recipient

Adam is a proud Aboriginal Australian and descendant of the Wiradjuri people in western New South Wales. As the Director, Learning at CareerTrackers he is supporting thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to obtain a university degree, pursue professional employment, become leaders of industry and role models for future generations.

Adam will use his Fulbright Scholarship to analyse the pathway to generate sustainable jobs for under-represented minorities by studying leading NGO’s and historic institutions in the U.S. He plans to build a Global Alliance between INROADS, CareerTrackers and other NGO’s across the U.S. to create a professional jobs consortium for under-represented minorities and unlock ongoing collaboration with a vision to elevate the social and economic impact of organisations and their beneficiaries.

View Adam's Fulbright awardee profile.

David Ireland

David Ireland, 2018 recipient

David is an adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland Business School (UQBS) and the Chief Innovation Officer at ThinkPlace, a leading strategic design and innovation consultancy. David is also a board member of several not-for-profit and for-profit organisations.

David plans to use his Fulbright scholarship to spend four months at Stanford University in the U.S., establishing a formal relationship between UQBS and Stanford in researching, understanding, and addressing complex systems and challenges. As a particular focus, he will also develop practical methods, tools, and initiatives for people and organisations to use towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, arguably the world’s most complex challenges, which seek to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

View David's ASF Scholar Profile and Fulbright awardee profile.

Gordon Duff

Gordon Duff, 2018 recipient

Gordon is currently General Manager, Sector Development and Research for National Disability Services, the peak body for non-government disability services. He has over 20 years’ experience in human services and advocacy in a career spanning New Zealand, Canada, the UK and Australia, and across academia, government, non-government and business sectors.

The Fulbright scholarship will enable Gordon to gather insights from, and establish partnerships with U.S. agencies that promote, stimulate and reward innovation in service delivery for people living with disability. A particular focus of the research will be how evidence about ‘what works’ is generated and mobilised within the service system. This will support the development of innovation policy in the Australian context, especially current proposals for the establishment of a disability research and innovation agency in Australia.

View Gordon's ASF Scholar Profile and Fulbright awardee profile.

Matthew Clarke

Professor Matthew Clarke, 2017 recipient

Matthew is currently Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University and an executive member of the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership (CHL).

Through his Fulbright scholarship, Matthew spent three months at Save the Children USA, Harvard University and Tufts University to develop formal relationships between these institutions and the CHL. These partnerships will enhance the professional development of humanitarian workers in responding to complex humanitarian emergencies. Working with Save the Children USA, Matthew’s aim was to increase connections between aid agencies in the U.S. and the CHL in Australia and create new professional development initiatives that respond specifically to the needs of humanitarian workers responding to disasters in North and South America.

View Matthew's ASF Scholar Profile, Fulbright alumni profile and alumni story.

Hichem Demortier

Hichem Demortier, 2016 recipient

Hichem is currently Director of Strategy and Corporate Services at the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) in Darwin, the government agency responsible for Australia’s health emergency response.

Hichem came to Australia in 2009 after working for the French Development Agency and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Africa and the Middle East. He continued his not-for-profit journey in Indigenous health and employment, before joining the Global and Tropical Health division of Menzies School of Health Research. He is now also a board director at MSF Australia, a representative of MSF Australia on several international platforms, and contributes to impact investment projects in France.

Hichem used his Fulbright scholarship to study leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and establish a formal partnership between the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. His goal was to position the NCCTRC and Northern Australia as the regional centre for health emergency response in the Asia-Pacific region.

View Hichem's ASF Scholar Profile and Fulbright alumni profile.

Annette Stewart

Annette Stewart, 2015 recipient

Annette is a conservation systems specialist at Bush Heritage Australia, where she has found innovative ways to connect conservation projects into core business processes of financial management, people management, and fundraising.

Annette used her Fulbright scholarship to work closely with the Conservation Measures Partnership, an active consortium of leading conservation organisations, agencies and funders in the U.S. She also produced a series of case studies to demonstrate to the senior leadership of conservation and donor organisations the benefits obtained through systematic project planning and implementation, and the resultant improvements to business efficiency and effectiveness. The case studies will also highlight the barriers faced by organisations, providing a focus for further work to address these issues.

Annette is hoping that she will be able to develop new insights to empower conservation organisations around the world to achieve better protection for the world’s wildlife and landscapes.

View Annette's ASF Scholar Profile and Fulbright alumni profile.

Karen Hart

Karen Hart, 2014 recipient

Karen is the General Manager of The Youth Junction Inc., with over 12 years’ experience specialising in co-located youth service management. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for her ongoing and dedicated work as an emerging leader in the not-for-profit sector, in particular youth services.

Through her scholarship, Karen studied the critical success factors for implementation and operation of co-located not-for-profit centres at the Alliance Centre in Denver, USA. Karen is currently completing a PhD at Victoria University in the efficacy of community justice interventions to increase social capital and reduce incarceration for young adults aged 18-25 years.

Karen hopes to apply her combined knowledge to build effective centres in Australia. “I will be well positioned to investigate and build a robust case for policy and practice for the delivery of NFP Centres in Australia and, potentially, other parts of the world. This offers exciting potential for growth and development in this emerging field of research,” she said.

View Karen's ASF Scholar Profile and Fulbright alumni profile.

Tessa Boyd-Caine

Tessa Boyd-Caine, 2013 inaugural recipient

Tessa Boyd-Caine has always had an interest in public education and social justice. As the former Deputy CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and the current CEO of Health Justice Australia, she works to assist and advocate on behalf of those who have no voice of their own.

Through her Fulbright scholarship, Tessa spent four months in the U.S. researching issues around how NFP organisations can strengthen and lead the trust and confidence in which the sector is held. The result of her research is a report titled 'Lead or be left behind: sustaining trust and confidence in Australia's charities'. Tessa’s findings shine a light on the shortfalls of the sector and how NFPs, as recipients of community funding and support, must meet the public demand for clarity in order to sustain their impact well into the future.

Of her experience, Tessa says, "the opportunity to take six months out from a busy job is rare enough. The opportunity to use that six months to develop a whole new area of expertise; to visit hundreds of colleagues overseas; to engage with challenging ideas and stimulating approaches; to reflect on organisational and political culture; and to consider new ways of working towards shared goals of social justice, self-determination and community development, is incomparable. The Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-profit Leadership gave me that opportunity."

Read Tessa's final report  View Tessa's ASF Scholar Profile and Fulbright alumni profile

Watch an interview between Tessa and former CEO of ASF, Amy Lyden | Watch Tessa's TEDx talk "What Businesses Can Learn from Nonprofits"

Andrew Tyndale

Andrew Tyndale, 2013 inaugural recipient

Andrew has 30 years’ experience in investment banking, the first 26 in such commercial groups as Babcock & Brown and Macquarie Bank. Since 2009, Andrew has carried on with investment banking, but for the benefit of the social sector through Grace Mutual Limited. Grace Mutual Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation that was formed to generate financial solutions for other NFP organisations.

Andrew now serves as Chair of The Funding Network, and Board member of SustainCH and Good360. He is Co-founder of Propeller Projects.

Through his Fulbright scholarship, Andrew went to The Milken Institute in the U.S. to further his research in social investment. His focus was on mechanisms to attract wholesale capital into the infrastructure necessary to deliver social services such as affordable housing, aged care, disability accommodation, education and health. Through his project he researched developments in the US that may be applied in Australia.

In Andrew's words, “around the world and throughout Australia, the infrastructure used to deliver social services (education, aged care, social and affordable housing, disability accommodation and delivery of health services) is in need of significant investment, both to update existing capital items and to meet the new demand of a growing and ageing population.”

View Andrew's ASF Scholar Profile and Fulbright alumni profile  | Watch an interview between Andrew and former CEO of ASF, Amy Lyden.