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Deakin Business School - MBA Residential Units - 2020


Deakin Business School supports the initiative of ASF to improve the management and accountability of charitable not-for-profit organisations in Australia. Deakin Business School and ASF are pleased to offer 3 scholarships per annum valued at up to $2,000 each to attend an MBA Residential Unit at graduate level to staff of charitable not-for-profit organisations.

Program Overview

The Deakin MBA is one of the most highly regarded MBA programs on offer. Renowned for its experiential learning opportunities, the 5-star program will increase your business knowledge and equip you with the latest ideas and trends in areas of leadership, marketing and management.


What are residential units?

Residential units involve six consecutive days of intensive study for an MBA unit. In this format and residential environment, participants immerse themselves in the MBA topic, undertake innovative and experiential learning activities, and build their professional networks.

Residential units complement other study modes and attract students who want to manage their work commitments by completing a unit in a compressed period. Of equal value is the opportunity to build professional networks and form enduring bonds with fellow participants and other managers.

For more information about residential units, click here.


2020 residential unit offerings:

  Residential Unit Course Dates Last day to enrol
MPR779 Leadership in the Real World Sunday 3 – Friday 8 May Sunday 5 April


Sunday 19 – Friday 24 July Sunday 21 June
MBR721 Strategy and Value–Creation Sunday 13 – Friday 18 September Sunday 16 August
MBR706 Leading People in Organisations Sunday 8 – Friday 13 November Sunday 11 October


Leadership in the Real World: an intensive residential program addressing the handling of media crises, understanding the importance of interpersonal communication and storytelling, and negotiation and mediation skills. Students learn by dealing with problem situations and by reflecting on their performance. Concepts and techniques are provided through appropriate readings, situational practice, and extended exposure to communication and media professionals. Find out more.

Entrepreneurship: students will gain an understanding of venture start-ups through the development of a venture proposal into a venture plan.  In this way practical experience of the entrepreneurial process is gained.  The unit requires students to examine the skills that entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs need, in small business and in larger organisations.  Participants are exposed to techniques and tools necessary to new venture development, as well as to entrepreneurs who share their experience. Find out more.

Strategy and Value–Creation: this unit introduces the principles of strategic management and the logics of value creation. It provides the opportunity to understand and apply the tools of strategy to identify priorities for management decision-making, and develop coherent and aligned operational and implementation plans that contribute to organisational goals in a dynamic and culturally diverse business environment. Find out more.

Leading People in Organisations: this unit provides an understanding of the nature of people’s behaviour at work. It does this by examining the nature of the individuals, when they are in teams and groups, and when they are in larger social environments such as organisations. This provides the tools to analyse and critically reflect on an individual’s role in their organisations, their relationships with others and how they can more effectively exert their influence and display leadership. Find out more.


Course Location

Deakin Business School, Waurn Ponds campus (Geelong), VIC.


Who Should Apply

Directors, managers and staff of charitable not-for-profit organisations Australia-wide.


Scholarship Inclusions

Three (3x) partial scholarships are available (valued at up to $2,000 each).

Each scholarship covers the conference fees associated with the Residential Unit, including accommodation and all meals. Scholarship recipients or their supporting NFP organisation will be required to fund the remaining unit fee which varies depending on the nominated Residential Unit (a general guide is anywhere between $3,500 - $4,500). Please ensure you have the means to fund this before submitting your application.


Key Scholarship Dates

Applications open Tuesday 4 February 2020
Applications close Tuesday 3 March 2020
Scholarships awarded by Monday 30 March 2020


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • currently work for an Australian charitable not-for-profit organisation
  • be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • fulfil ASF's general eligibility requirements available on our FAQs page
  • meet the entry requirements for their nominated residential unit (if any)

The scholarships are awarded jointly by ASF and Deakin Business School to applicants whose completion of the program would, in their view, benefit their employing NFP organisation. Selection is also based on the applicant fulfiling all eligibility criteria and the submission of a written endorsement from their charitable organisation.


Scholar Surveys & Feedback

All applicants (regardless of the outcome of their application) will be asked to complete a series of surveys about their expected and realised learnings (once before and on a few occasions after the course). Your survey responses will help us to quantify the impact of our scholarships and will help attract funding for education and training for the NFP sector in the future. Your feedback is extremely valuable to the work we do and by completing these surveys you'll be making an important contribution to the future of ASF and the NFP sector overall.


How to Apply

To be considered for an MBA Residential Unit Scholarship, you must:

  1. Register your interest: email the Deakin University residential team on with your details and that of the residential you wish to attend.
  2. Complete an online scholarship application: click 'APPLY NOW' and follow the prompts to create (or log into) your ASF profile page, upload an endorsement letter and complete an online scholarship application.

For tips on what to include in your endorsement letter and who should write it, please see #12 of our FAQs.

Need help completing your online application? Download instructions for Creating a Profile Page and Making an Application.


More Information

Have questions? For more information about the MBA Residential Units, please click here. For program queries, please contact Deakin Business School directly.


Check our FAQs page for answers to the most common scholarship questions. Or if you need assistance with the scholarship application process, please contact ASF via


Applications for the 2020 Deakin Business School MBA Residential Unit Scholarships close Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 5pm AEDT.

Closing Date : 03/03/2020
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