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Stanford Australia Foundation Scholarship 2020


The Stanford Australia Foundation (SAF), in partnership with the Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF), is pleased to once again support not-for-profit leaders with an opportunity to study at Stanford Graduate School of Business in the United States.

Stanford scholarship


Stanford University is one of the world's leading universities. Located in Northern California USA, Stanford teaches leaders to be pioneers of the modern frontier, to think critically, challenge assumptions and change the rules of competition. The Stanford Australia Foundation (SAF) is a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to enable more Australians to share the exciting experience of a Stanford education for the benefit of the Australian community. This year, with the support of the Dyson Bequest, SAF is offering one scholarship for study in the 2020 calendar year.

SAF scholarship recipients must be employed by an Australian non-profit organisation with Deductible Gift Recipient status 1 (DGR1) and plan to remain with the organisation, and be an Australian citizen or have permanent or temporary residency in Australia.

Please note that candidates are required to be in organisational leadership roles. Those who are solely in non-executive director or board roles are not eligible.

Scholarship Overview:

The 2020 Stanford Australia Foundation Scholarship includes up to AUD20,000 (for course fees and economy travel) for a not-for-profit (NFP) executive to attend a Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) executive course and undertake a study tour. Six months of mentoring from a Stanford alumnus living in Australia will also be offered, together with one-year complimentary membership in the Stanford Australia Association.

Candidates can choose their preferred GSB course from a variety of offerings, and we are pleased to advise that the popular Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders (EPNL) and the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship (EPSE) courses are being offered again in 2020. In preparing an application, candidates should review course outlines and consider how the courses will contribute to fulfilling personal and professional objectives. The EPNL is a six-day residential program designed to further the professional development of leaders in the non-profit sector. The EPSE is a six-day residential program designed to help social entrepreneurs take enterprises and innovative models to the next level. For a complete list of courses available visit the Stanford GSB website.


Guidelines for eligibility for Stanford Australia Foundation Scholarships:

  1. Candidate is an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or temporary resident of Australia.
  2. Candidate is currently employed in a leadership position at an Australian NFP organisation with Deductible Gift Recipient 1 status (DGR1). Please note that non-executive directors who do not hold a line leadership role are not eligible for SAF scholarships.
  3. Scholarship will be applied to a course held at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA between January 1st and December 31st of the scholarship year. For example, the 2020 scholarship will be applicable to courses being run during the 2020 calendar year.
  4. Candidate understands that they are solely responsible for gaining entry through any required application process for their selected course. Scholarship awards are conditional on program entry. 
  5. Scholarship winners will provide 2 short written reports (one within 1 month of completing their course and one after 12 months of completing their course) describing the impacts of winning the scholarship.


Criteria are as follows:

  • Candidate’s potential for leadership
  • Benefits to the candidate's professional development
  • Potential positive impact to the candidate’s organisation
  • Potential impact for the wider Australian community


Important Dates:

Applications open: Friday 19 July 2019
Applications close: Tuesday 27 August 2019
Interviews: w/c 7 October 2019
Winner Announced: at the AGM and Annual Dinner in early November 2019 (TBC)

Applications Process:

ASF is proud to once again support the Stanford Australia Foundation by facilitating and managing the application process on its behalf. To apply for the Stanford Australia Foundation Scholarship, simply click 'APPLY NOW' and follow the prompts to create (or log into) your 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.

If you need assistance with the application process, please contact Australian Scholarships Foundation before the application deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.


Assessment Process:

The Stanford Australia Foundation will be managing the assessment, interview and selection process for this scholarship. When the time comes, you will be notified by SAF about the outcome of your scholarship application. If you have any questions about this process, please contact SAF directly.


Have questions? Check our FAQ's page for answers to the most common questions. Or if you need assistance with the application process, please contact ASF.



Applications for the Stanford Australia Foundation Scholarship close Tuesday 27 August 2019 at 5pm AEST.

Selection Criteria
The Scholarship will be awarded by the Stanford Australia Foundation to an applicant who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or temporary resident of Australia employed by a not-for-profit charitable organisation and whose completion of the Stanford program would, in SAF's view, benefit the applicant, his or her employing organisation and the Australian community more broadly. Selection is conditional on applicants meeting Stanford University's entry requirements for the nominated program. Please note that candidates are required to be in organisational leadership roles. Those who are solely in non-executive director or board roles are not eligible.
Closing Date : 27/08/2019
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