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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.

Meikle Files Black Leadership Program 2017/18

Meikle Files Black Leadership Program


Applications close 26th September 2017

Meikle Files Black Leadership Program

We're delighted to open another round of the Meikle Files Black Leadership Development Program scholarships! Earlier this year, ASF partnered with Elkiem to award FOUR fully funded scholarships to inspiring not-for-profit leaders around Australia.

Together we're giving two more NFP leaders the opportunity to access this unique leadership development program, which is based on Andrew Meikle's extensive research, conducted over a 20-year period, into human high performance.

Now with over 500 graduates, the Meikle Files Black Leadership Program is a one-of-a-kind program specifically designed for those who are considered to be the highest performers, have the highest potential and/or are required to stimulate improvements in performance from their teams. The program's curriculum builds strength of mind and provides leaders and high potentials with knowledge and tools to stimulate improvement in both their own performance and that of their team.

Past participant, Andrew Young of the Centre for Social Impact, says the program was, "...the single most outstanding self-development program I’ve seen. If you get the chance – go; if you get to go, invest yourself in it and you will reap the benefits."

CEO of Good2Give, Lisa Grinham says, "Having no set expectation of the first day of the Meikle Files Black Leadership course, I left the day feeling excited about executing what I’d learnt and chomping at the bit for more... Talk about inspired learning!"

Attendees will join like-minded leaders from the corporate and community sectors for 3x two-day sessions in October 2017, February and April 2018 in Sydney.

ASF and Elkiem are offering two 100% scholarships to the full Meikle Files Black Leadership Development Programme beginning in October 2017 in Sydney. Each scholarship is valued at $20,000 and covers all associated course fees.

We're looking for high calibre candidates on the board or executive team of large, charitable not-for-profit organisations. Applicants should have demonstrated leadership potential and experience, manage a team of at least 5 staff, and have significant influence on others in the organisation and the NFP sector. Scholarship recipients are expected to commit to ALL sessions of the program.

This is a tremendous opportunity to attend one of the best leadership programs offered in Australia.

Click here for more information and to apply. Applications close Tuesday 26th September 2017 at 5pm AEST. Get in quick!

NIDA Corporate Scholarship Recipient

NIDA             ASF

Inaugural recipient of NIDA Corporate scholarship

Congratulations to Wendy Lang, Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Youth Services, who received the first ever scholarship resulting from a new partnership between ASF and NIDA Corporate. Wendy’s fully funded scholarship enabled her to attend NIDA Corporate’s 'Creating Excellent Communicators' short course across two days last week.

The course explored the techniques actors employ to communicate with confidence, respond in the moment and influence their audience - a valuable skill not-for-profits need on a daily basis.

Wendy Lang
Wendy says she is grateful for the opportunity to develop her presence and communication skills. “As the CEO of a not-for-profit organisation, having the confidence to approach corporate leaders for sponsorship or to speak to media fluently and responsively is a skill that will greatly benefit not only me, but Queensland Youth Services”.

Nithya Nagarajan, Client Engagement Manager at NIDA Melbourne says the key to business success in an age of increased automation is communication. “When people feel safe to present ideas, raise issues, and speak with confidence, there is greater potential for projects to run on time, information to flow freely, and for teams to connect. Wendy Lang with her 20+ years of experience in the management of indigenous education, youth support and public services brings with her a wealth of experience and NIDA was excited to have her contribution in our Melbourne studio as a participant.”

Wendy’s scholarship is the first that ASF and NIDA Corporate have facilitated together - a partnership which aims to give NFPs access to NIDA Corporate’s practical skills-based training in communication, presentation and leadership.

“Effective communication is the language of leadership,” says Paul Murnane, Executive Chairman of ASF. “ASF, in its mission to develop Australia's NFP leaders, is positively delighted to launch its new partnership with NIDA, Australia's foremost centre for education and training in the art of corporate communications.”

Nithya says, “At NIDA Corporate, we deliver programs which enhance people’s ability to communicate and present with ease. Our pedagogy draws from NIDA’s world-class actor training toolkit, and we apply those performance techniques to a professional context. Success, to us, is supporting individuals like Wendy Lang to transform their skills to be more confident, inspiring, and engaging communicators”.

Stay tuned for more scholarships for NIDA Corporate courses in the coming months. Sign up to our mailing list for updates.

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600,000 NFP organisations contributes nearly 5% to GDP -$41b annually employs nearly 900,000 people attracts 4.6m volunteers
(source: ABS 2006-07 and Productivity Commission 2010)