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The Australian Scholarships Foundation – ASF - is the only Australian organisation solely focused on funding and facilitating scholarships for Australian not for profit (NFP) directors and staff to undertake education, training  and mentoring programs that improve their ability to lead and manage their organisations.

ASF is the Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Fund of AusSchol Incorporated, an Australian registered charity, ABN 83 420 919 581.

ASF works with a number of Education Partners and Supporters to access and make scholarships available in a growing range of leadership and management training programs. These include post graduate university diploma, certificate and degree courses, short management and other training programs and specialized mentoring services. Disciplines covered include leadership, finance, accounting and risk management, board governance, strategic planning, project management, marketing and social networking. 

ASF does not provide any education and training programs in its own right, although it commissions education providers and private companies to deliver specific programs that meet NFP needs.

Full details, application forms and terms and conditions of current scholarships can be viewed at Current Scholarships Available in “Scholarships” & “FAQs”.

ASF is a proud member of Philanthropy Australia.

2015 Fulbright Scholarship Winners
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2015 Fulbright Scholarship Winners Announced

On the 19th February, the Australian-American Fulbright Commission officially announced the recipients of its 2015 Australian Scholarships during the 2015 Showcase and Presentation Dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Perth.

Fulbright Dinner 2015

Pictured above: 2015 Fulbright winner Annette Stewart, US Ambassador John Berry,
ASF Chairman Paul Murnane and ASF CEO Amy Lyden

Among them, Ms Annette Stewart of Bush Heritage Australia was recognised as the recipient of this year’s Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership, sponsored by the Origin Foundation and supported by the Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF).

The annual Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership award is designed to provide an opportunity for a leader in the not-for-profit sector to undertake research in the United States for 3-4 months. Each individual scholarship is valued up to $40,000 for research and professional development in the U.S. The Origin Foundation has generously funded this scholarship opportunity for 2013-2017.

Annette Stewart With her Fulbright scholarship, Annette Stewart plans to work closely with the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP), which is an active consortium of leading conservation organisations, agencies and funders in the US. Annette aims to develop a series of case studies that will provide new insights to empower conservation

organisations around the world to achieve better protection for the world’s wildlife and landscapes. She will be well placed in her role at Bush Heritage Australia to implement these findings upon her return.

Annette holds a Masters of Business Administration from Macquarie University, and a Masters of Environmental Management & Restoration from Charles Sturt University. With a background in Information Technology, Financial Services, and Conservation, she has built a broad range of skills in strategy development, business planning, systems development, and business process improvement.

Congratulations to Annette and the 2015 Fulbright Scholarship recipients!

Applications for the 2016 Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership open 1st May 2105. Click here for more information.

Strengthening NFP Boards - 320 Directors and Chairs Attend AICD Programs

Strengthening NFP Boards - 320 Directors and Chairs Attend AICD Programs


Over February 320 directors have participated in the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors and The NFP Chairman courses resulting from ASF scholarships.

Generously funded by Perpetual and the J.S. Love Trust, this is the fourth year the programs have been run and so far approximately 1200 not-for-profit directors and chairs have benefited from the interactive workshops in governance, risk awareness and sustainability for the NFP sector.

Mr Ian Davis, chair of ANZUP Cancer Trials Group, attended The Not-for-Profit Chairman course last week. He says the course, “…was very valuable. It has given me a great deal to think about in my role as chair of a not-for-profit company, ANZUP Cancer Trials Group, which also provided me with very substantial resources to improve my practice in this role. The course was pitched very appropriately and the facilitator was outstanding. I am sure that ANZUP Cancer Trials Group and the other NFPs represented on the day will be stronger and more effective as a result”.

ASF would like to thank Perpetual for their commitment to building capabilities of NFP boards and also the AICD for delivering exceptional programs in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth this year.

If you missed this opportunity and are on the board of a WA-based NFP organisation, please click here for other AICD scholarships currently available to you.

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To view photos of the 2015 AICD courses, click ‘Read More’.

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