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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.

Tessa Boyd-Caine - Fulbright report

Lead or be Left Behind: sustaining

trust and confidence in Australia's charities

Tessa Boyd-Caine has always had an interest in public education and social justice. As the former Deputy CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and the current CEO of Health Justice Australia, she works to assist and advocate on behalf of those who have no voice of their own.

In 2014, Tessa was awarded a Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership, supported by the Origin Foundation and the Australian Scholarships Foundation. She spent four months in the United States researching issues around how not-for-profit organisations can strengthen and lead the trust and confidence in which the sector is held.

Tessa Boyd-Caine
Of her experience, Tessa says, “Fulbright Scholarships were something I had only heard about for others until Australian Scholarships Foundation and Origin Foundation launched this incredible opportunity for the nonprofit sector. There is nothing like the chance to spend four months researching and thinking, meeting and talking with new colleagues, and observing how counterparts in another country pursue their missions, all without the daily distractions of a busy job.

...As exciting as my time in the US was, it has been the ongoing connection with non-profit sector colleagues here and there that has been the greatest benefit of my Fulbright – as I continue to advocate ways that we can lead our own agenda for sustaining trust and confidence in what we do and why it matters.” @tboydcaine #Data4Trust

The result of Tessa's research, kickstarted by the Fulbright scholarship, is a report titled ‘Lead or be left behind: sustaining trust and confidence in Australia's charities’, in which Tessa discusses the importance of transparency and accountability as powerful tools in developing and maintaining public trust and confidence. Tessa’s findings shine a light on the shortfalls of the sector and how NFPs, as recipients of community funding and support, must meet the public demand for clarity in order to sustain their impact well into the future. We're delighted to share Tessa's final report with you. You can read her findings HERE.

Tessa will also be giving a public lecture on her findings at the Centre for Social Impact, University of Western Australia in Perth on Wednesday 10th August, and will be discussing them as part of a panel at the Philanthropy Australia Conference in Sydney on 22nd September 2016. Start thinking about your application for next year's Fulbright scholarships!

MBS Leadership Scholarships 2016

Enhance your leadership capacity at Melbourne Business School

Applications close 12th August!


In partnership with ASF, Melbourne Business School is offering FULLY FUNDED scholarships for their Specialist Certificate in Leadership and Specialist Certificate in Leadership (Professional Services) for 2016. Valued at up to $12,000, each certificate consists of core and elective programs that will set you up for success and growth in your not-for-profit organisation.

Specialist Certificate in Leadership (Professional Services): Develop your leadership effectiveness and contribution to management decision-making by building a deep understanding of critical concepts in strategy, marketing, human resources and management. Through case studies, guest speakers and interactive lectures, this specialist qualification will give you a greater appreciation of the keys to business success.

Specialist Certificate in Leadership: Graduates of the Specialist Certificate in Leadership will develop individual capacity for leadership and enhanced ability to develop strategies for their organisations. The program offers life-long learning opportunities for NFP professionals to extend their business, leadership and management skills and knowledge. Designed for not-for-profit professionals from early career to senior leaders seeking to extend their business, managerial and leadership skills and knowledge.

100% SCHOLARSHIPS open to applicants Australia-wide.

These programs are only available for a limited time so don’t miss your chance! APPLICATIONS CLOSE FRIDAY 12TH AUGUST, 2016 at 5pm AEST. APPLY NOW.

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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)