Country: Australia Deadline: Oct. 18, 2021 Category: Awards

Australia Awards Women's Leadership Initiative in Australia: All costs associated with your participation will be covered by the Australia Awards Women’s Leadership Initiative. This includes accommodation, meals and travel from your place of study to the intensive program locations, access to mentors, leadership coaching, academics and subject matter experts. In return, the program asks participants to make the necessary arrangements to ensure that you are able to participate in all activities, including the two residential intensives and monthly mentoring sessions.

The Australia Awards Women’s Leadership Initiative in Australia is an Australian Government program working to increase the number of Pacific women who hold positions of influence in all sectors and spheres of society.

The program invests AU$5.4 million over five years (2017-2022) to support Australia Awards Scholarship recipients studying at Australian tertiary institutions to develop their leadership skills and capabilities. It connects emerging leaders from our region with leaders in Australia.

The initiative is a targeted activity under the Australia Awards Linkages Framework — a coordinated approach to help Australia Awards scholars establish personal and professional links in Australia. 

The initiative supports participants — selected from Australia Awards scholars and alumni — to fulfil their leadership potential and drive big ideas and reforms in their communities. In its initial five-year phase the initiative will target Australia Awards scholars and alumni from the Pacific.

The objectives of the Women’s Leadership Initiative are that:

  • Female Australia Awards alumni use their leadership skills to contribute to sustainable development outcomes for the Pacific.
  • Female and male Australia Awards alumni are actively engaged in networks and coalitions that seek to achieve change in their own countries.
  • Female Australia Awards alumni are strengthening cooperation between Pacific countries and Australia.

Application Criteria for Australia Awards Women’s Leadership Initiative in Australia

Applicants for the Australian Awards Women's Leadership Initiative in Australia are required to complete and submit the online application form in one sitting. You cannot save as you go.

Please have the following ready before you start the application form:

  1. Up-to-date curriculum vitae/resume (In Word or PDF)     
  2. Passport biodata page (JPEG or PDF, less than 2MB)     
  3. Copy of Australian Visa (JPEG or PDF, less than 2MB)     
  4. Recent headshot photo for publicity purposes (JPEG, less than 2MB)     
  5. Contact details of two referees (Name, relationship to participant, phone number, email address)     
  6. Draft answers to long-form questions (Listed below)

Longform questions you will find in the application:

Briefly describe the last time you exercised leadership, either in your education, professional life, or in your community. What led you to exercise leadership in this situation, and what did the experience teach you about the process of change?     

  • Please describe any major achievements associated with your education, professional, or community experience (paid or unpaid). This can include awards or scholarships.     
  • Why do you want to participate in WLI?
  • What are the particular issues affecting your community or country that would benefit from stronger leadership?     
  • What leadership impact do you feel you currently have?
  • What leadership impact would you like to have in your community or country as a result of your participation in WLI?     
  • If you could identify one development issue or challenge (in your home country or in Australia) on which you would like to make a difference as a leader over the next 18 months, what would this be?     
  • What skills do you hope to gain from WLI to help you to address this issue/ challenge?     
  • All participants on the WLI Leadership and Mentoring Program are paired with an Australian woman mentor. What sort of mentor would you like to work with and why? Please provide as much information as possible. For example, would you like to work with an expert in your field of study/ profession, or with someone who may have different skills/ experience who can support you to lead change on the developmental issue identified above?   

Eligible Nationalities for Australia Awards Women’s Leadership Initiative in Australia

If you are a Pacific woman on an Australia Award who will be enrolled at an Australian university / tertiary institution for the first semester, you are eligible to apply.  

We encourage applications from women who are citizens from any of the following Pacific Island countries: 

Cook Islands, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Niue, Tokelau, Fiji, Palau, Tonga, French Polynesia, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Samoa, Wallis & Futuna


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