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AGSL / Torrens University Australia - Doctor of Business Leadership - 2019

The Australian Graduate School of Leadership (AGSL) at Torrens University Australia (TUA) supports the ASF initiative to enhance the management and accountability of not-for-profit organisations by providing scholarship support for a member of charitable not-for-profit organisation to undertake their Doctor of Business Leadership program, beginning in 2019.

Program Overview

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 Doctor of Business Leadership involves a learning journey that has been identified by corporate leaders, their boards and past DBL participants as vital preparation to deal with increasingly complex and dynamic contexts. Students will have an appreciation of the role corporate leadership has in securing socially responsible outcomes

The DBL equips candidates to accelerate their leadership development by assisting them to make explicit their implicit personal contingent leadership paradigm, drawing on their personal leadership journey. The program provides personal challenges and capability enhancement opportunities for experienced executives who have demonstrated the ability to contribute to the success of their enterprises over at least a ten-year period and who have completed a Master Degree in a relevant business or leadership discipline.

The DBL reflects the proposition “when theory is deduced through practice research, it is more likely to successfully guide future practice.” In essence, good theory is good practice.


Program Summary:

The Doctor of Business Leadership commences with four coursework double-subjects covering leadership theories and practice, case analyses, leadership ethics and leadership issues, which provide a background of relevant leadership knowledge, research skills and insights required for the second stage of the course.

Following completion of the four coursework double-subjects, under supervision candidates evolve and critique (and, if necessary, re-think) a personal contingent leadership paradigm through documentation and analysis of personal leadership experiences, which is then submitted for external examination.

The Doctor of Business Leadership is recognised nationally and internationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework.


Program Outcomes:

Upon completion, candidates will have:

  • A comprehensive understanding of leadership theory and its implications for leadership practice;
  • Greater personal confidence and an ability to innovate and lead adaptation to increasingly complex and uncertain multi-stakeholder contexts;
  • Sensitivity to cultural, social, demographic and economic change and diversity reflected in their decision-making and communication;
  • The ability to critically analyse from a holistic perspective leadership issues likely to emerge and impact the future performance of their organisations;
  • An appreciation of the role corporate leadership has in securing socially responsible outcomes; and
  • Demonstrated and justified an original and significant contribution to the practice of leadership.


Program Delivery:

Torrens’ Doctor of Business Leadership is offered full-time (2-3 years) and part-time (4-6 years), purely online.


Trimester Dates:

The scholarship recipient will begin their studies in Trimester 3, 2019 (beginning 16 September). Click here for other key program dates.


Program Value:

The minimum number of trimesters of enrolment required to complete the Doctorate of Business Leadership is 12 trimesters or 4 years part-time (6 trimesters or 2 years full-time). Fees are payable for enrolment in each of the four coursework subjects and each trimester enrolled in DBL710: Leadership Critique and Supporting Portfolio (similar to a Doctoral Thesis) until the Leadership Critique and Supporting Portfolio is completed and submitted (minimum 8 trimesters part-time or 4 trimesters full-time), except for any trimesters of approved leave of absence. 

The minimum enrolment fee for the Doctor of Business Leadership is currently $8318* per enrolment x 12 enrolments = $99,816.

*enrolment fees are subject to annual review.


Scholarship Inclusions:

AGSL at TUA are generously offering the right candidate a 40% scholarship, to the value of approximately $39,900.

The scholarship recipient or their supporting NFP organisation will be required to fund the remaining 60% of program fees (minimum approx $59,900). Click here to find out if you are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Important Dates:

Applications open Wednesday 1 May 2019
Applications close Sunday 30 June 2019
Scholarship awarded by Monday 5 August 2019
Trimester 3, 2019 begins Monday 16 September 2019

*Please reserve important dates in your calendar.


Who Should Apply:

The types of executives who should apply for admission to the Doctor of Business Leadership include, for example:

  • Experienced senior executives preparing to take on more significant leadership roles;
  • Business unit leaders aspiring to CEO-level positions;
  • Leaders of substantial teams wishing to broaden and boost their career trajectory;
  • CEO-level leaders looking for an opportunity to consolidate and demonstrate contributions to leadership practice throughout their career.

Scholarship applicants must currently work for a charitable not-for-profit organisation in Australia and be either an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident. Applicants should ensure they meet ASF's general eligibility criteria and TUA's program entry requirements (below).


Program Entry Requirements:

Applicants to the doctoral program are expected to satisfy the following academic criteria:

  • Possession of a Master’s degree by thesis or dissertation appropriate to the professional field of the applicant; or
  • Possession of a Master’s degree by coursework appropriate to the professional field of the applicant completed at a superior standard; or
  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree with Honours (typically 1st Class or Class 2A Honours level or equivalent); or
  • In exceptional circumstances, an equivalent academic background that is considered by the Dean of the School to be an appropriate preparation for independent study and research work at doctoral level.

An applicant may be required to satisfy the Dean of the School of the ability to understand and communicate in both written and spoken English at a level adequate for the purpose of pursuing doctoral level research. To proceed to stage 2 the candidate will need to present a Critique proposal that satisfies their Review Panel.

In addition to the academic criteria listed above, applicants are normally expected to have a minimum of 10 years of relevant professional leadership practice experience to be admitted to the course.


Scholar Surveys:

All applicants (regardless of the outcome of their application) may 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.


More Information:

For more information about the program (including program brochure) please click here or contact AGSL. For more information about the scholarship and application process, please contact ASF


Application Process:

To apply for this scholarship, simply click 'APPLY NOW' below and follow the prompts to complete your application online. Please note, you will also be required to upload supporting documents, such as a CV, academic transcripts and an endorsement letter written by your supporting NFP organisation. Please see #12 of our FAQ's page for some tips on what to include in the letter.

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


Applications for AGSL / Torrens University's 2019 Doctor of Business Leadership scholarship close Sunday 30 June, 2019 at 5pm AEST.

Selection Criteria
The scholarships are awarded jointly by ASF and AGSL at TUA to applicants who are Australian citizens or permanent residents employed by a charitable not-for-profit organisation and whose completion of the program would, in ASF's view, benefit their employing NFP organisation. Selection is based on the applicant meeting TUA's entry requirements for the nominated program and written endorsement from the respective charitable organisation.
Closing Date : 30/06/2019
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