The AICD welcomes applications from both members and non-members for our scholarships, which enable women and regional leaders, as well as directors and executives in the disability and not-for-profit sectors, the opportunity to participate in our world class courses and develop their director careers.

If you fit the criteria for any of our scholarships, we strongly encourage you to apply.

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ACT scholarships

The ACT offers a range of scholarships each year to prospective company directors. Keep up to date with the current scholarships being offered here, as well as the latest ACT AICD scholarship recipients.

South Eastern New South Wales Regional Scholarship

Applications are now open for the 2018-19 ACT Regional Scholarship, and we are pleased to offer two partial scholarshisp to high calibre applicants from the greater ACT region to undertake the Company Directors Course in Canberra Monday 14 to Friday 18 January 2019.

AICD recognises the importance of supporting regional directors and members with a focus understanding local needs and issues.

Applicants must complete the scholarship application and submit it to the Australian Institute if Company Directors by 5pm AEDT Friday 2 November 2018. For further information please email act@aicd.com.au or phone 02 6132 3200.

International scholarships

The AICD is pleased to launch our International Scholarship Program for 2018. Keep up to date with the current scholarships being offered here, as well as the latest International Scholarship Program recipients.

Announcing the International Scholarships Program 2019

We are pleased to reopen the International Scholarship Program for 2019, offering full scholarship places for our International Company Directors Courses in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and Fiji, and one full scholarship place for our Fiji Directors Course.

We are offering international scholarships to directors, aspiring directors and community leaders who due to financial constraints would otherwise be unable to attend our governance programs.

What courses are available for the scholarship?

The International Company Directors Course is based on global governance principles and is designed to help directors, aspiring directors and senior executives to understand their role and responsibilities when operating internationally.

The Fiji Directors course is designed for directors, aspiring directors and senior executives looking for a comprehensive introduction to the key areas of directorship in Fiji, covering governance, strategy and risk, and finance as they relate to the local Fijian law.

One full scholarship place is available for each of the following courses:

  • Fiji Directors Course, Suva, 14-16 February 2019
  • International Company Directors Course, Hong Kong 4-8 March 2019
  • International Company Directors Course, Dubai 7-11 April 2019
  • International Company Directors Course, Singapore 13-17 May 2019
  • International Company Directors Course, Fiji 10-14 June 2019

Who is eligible for these scholarships?

People of all nationalities are welcome to apply.

What is the selection criteria?

To be eligible for the scholarship, each applicant must:

  1. be a director, aspiring director or community leader of an organisation with an annual turnover of less than AU$2 million
  2. describe why without the international scholarship they would not be able to attend this training
  3. describe the benefits they would receive as an individual in undertaking the International Company Directors Course or Fiji Directors Course
  4. describe the benefits that their organisation or broader community would receive by undertaking the International Company Directors Course or Fiji Directors Course
  5. provide supporting documentation
  6. be a current member of the AICD

What is included in the scholarship?

Each successful applicant will receive:

  • A full scholarship place to attend their selected International Company Directors Course; or
  • A full scholarship place to attend the Fiji Directors Course; and

Please note that the scholarship does not include travel costs, accommodation, visas and allowances.

How do individuals apply for scholarships?

Individuals must complete the scholarship application form and submit to international@aicd.com.au along with any relevant supporting documentation by Friday 16 November 2018.

For further information, please email international@aicd.com.au.

Invictus Games Foundations of Directorship Scholarship Program

The Australian Institute of Company Directors in conjunction with Invictus Games Sydney is proud to provide eight scholarships for eight serving (or ex-serving) Australian Defence Force members to attend the Foundations of Directorship Program plus a year's membership of AICD.

The program comprises four modules designed to give participants a better understanding of performance-related roles and responsibilities for directors, specifically in the areas of Duties and Responsibilities, Strategy and Risk and Finance.

The scholarship also includes one year's membership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Applicants must complete the scholarship application form and submit it to the Australian Institute of Company Directors by 5pm AEDT Wednesday 19 December 2018. Submission details are included on the application form.

For further information please contact NFP Sector Lead Phil Butler GAICD.

Not-for-Profit scholarships

The AICD is pleased to launch a not-for-profit (NFP) scholarship program to be run in all states and territories in 2018-2019. The scholarships are being offered to directors and senior managers of NFP organisations who would otherwise be unable to attend governance education programs due to the financial constraints of the organisation. For the 2018-19 NFP scholarships, AICD is working in partnership with the Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) who will manage the application process.

What is the AICD NFP scholarship program?

The NFP scholarship program offers 140 places at a range of different courses in 2018-2019. This range of exciting AICD-funded scholarships will enable 20 leaders of small NFP organisations in each state and territory to choose from a range of governance and leadership courses. The NFP scholarship program will give participants the opportunity to develop their skills and capabilities to be the leaders of the future.

Why does the AICD offer these scholarships?

AICD recognises the complexity of the NFP sector with more than 600,000 not-for-profits operating in Australia, and charities alone employing over one million people and contributing in excess of $134 billion to the economy. The not-for-profit sector impacts the lives of millions of Australians, and thus the governance knowledge of its future leaders is of utmost importance. In the face of increasing complexity and demand on not-for-profits, good governance has never been more important for the sector.

Which AICD courses do the scholarships cover?

The course offered under the scholarship differs from state to state. They include but are not limited to: Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors, The Role of the Not-for-Profit Chair and Reporting to the Board. More information on the offerings in each state and territory can be found on the respective course pages on the ASF website.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the scholarships, candidates must be Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents, and be executive employees, directors or potential directors of NFP organisations with a turnover of less than $2 million. The allocation of places will take into account the applicant's commitment to improving their governance knowledge as well as their broader commitment to the NFP sector, and other entry requirements as set out by ASF and AICD for each program. The scholarships are open to both AICD members and non-members.

Full scholarships will be awarded to directors or senior managers of NFP organisations with a turnover below $2 million. In addition, we recognise that some potential future leaders may wish to apply to smaller NFP organisations.

How do I apply?

Applications have now closed.

Northern Territory scholarships

The Northern Territory offers a range of scholarships each year to prospective company directors. Keep up to date with the current scholarships being offered here.

2018/2019 NT Government Not-for-Profit Sector Scholarships

The Northern Territory Government, through Department of Trade, Business and Innovation are pleased to be working in partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) to make a positive impact on the local community through governance education, director development and advocacy.

These fully-funded scholarships are for emerging and experienced directors and leaders of Not-for-Profit organisations in the Northern Territory to attend one of the following AICD courses in the NT: Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors, The Role of the Chair and Governing to Protect Vulnerable People. These programs, run by AICD, are designed to give participants a better understanding of performance related roles and responsibilities for directors, specifically in the areas of governance, risk, financial performance and strategy. This round of scholarships is for programs to be held in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine and Tennant Creek.

For further information, please contact us via email: nt-nfpscholarships@aicd.com.au.

To complete your application form click here.


Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS) Not-for-Profit Community Service Sector Scholarships

The Northern Territory Government through the Department of Attorney-General and Justice, Community Benefit Fund, recognise the need to assist with governance development opportunities for Directors and Leaders across the Community Services sector in the Northern Territory. The Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS) is a peak body for the Social and Community Sector in the NT supports the development of non-government not for profit organisations to provide assistance to vulnerable Territorians.

NTCOSS has partnered with AICD to offer forty two (42) fully funded places for not for profit leaders and directors to complete one and a half day Governance Foundation for Not-for-Profit Director’ program in Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine.

This program developed and delivered by AICD comprises three modules designed to give participants a better understanding of performance related roles and responsibilities for directors, specifically in the areas of Duties and Responsibilities, Strategy and Risk and Finance. Participants will also receive the eLearning course Interpreting Financial Statements and a webinar recording of The Role of the NFP Director as preparation for the face-to-face program.

For further information, please contact us via email: nt-nfpscholarships@aicd.com.au

To complete your application form click here.


Northern Territory NFP Partial Scholarship – Company Directors Course

The Northern Territory Government through the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation in partnership with the AICD recognise the need to assist Directors and Leaders across the Northern Territory in the not-for-profit sector.

Twelve partial scholarships for 50% off the course cost for Company Directors Course will be offer over the following programs:

Alice Springs: October 1-5, 2018
Darwin: November 19-23, 2018
Darwin: April 1-5, 2019

The scholarship covers 50% of attendance and materials. It does not cover travel and accommodation. Successful applicants are encouraged to join as a member.

For further information, please contact us via email: nt-nfpscholarships@aicd.com.au.

Applications for this have now closed.


Queensland scholarships

Queensland offers a range of scholarships each year to prospective company directors. Keep up to date with the current scholarships being offered here, as well as the latest Queensland AICD scholarship recipients.

AICD’s Director Nexus is a unique program that provides collegiate support from a small, exclusive group of peers within a highly interactive environment. Together, you will seek perspectives, share opinions and gain practical guidance on boardroom issues, while enhancing your professional development as a director. The program includes 10 two-hour group meetings over 12 months, beginning in February 2019 at AICD’s Brisbane office.

We are very pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2019 Brisbane Director Nexus Scholarship. We are offering one full scholarship valued at $1,890 for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individual.

To qualify for the scholarship you must be a current Queensland AICD member in the above sector and hold a director position or has experience as a non-executive director on one or more formally established boards.

To apply please submit your resumé, along with a cover letter outlining how Director Nexus will benefit you, in your director role/s and how you will be able share thoughts and experiences on emerging issues with your peer group. Please submit your application to qld@aicd.com.au or phone 07 3222 5500 by 16 November, 2018.


2018 Regional Queensland Self-Paced Scholarship

The recipient of the 2018 Regional Queensland Self-Paced Scholarship is Tracey Wilson, Director, of Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service. Tracey will now complete our Company Directors Course Self-Paced format.

AICD recognises the importance of supporting regional directors and members with a focus on delivering events and education courses locally, and understanding local needs and issues.

For further information about the scholarship or the Company Directors Course, please email qld@aicd.com.au or phone 07 3222 5500.


2019 Gold Coast Regional Scholarship

Applications are now opened for the 2019 Gold Coast Regional Scholarship, and we are pleased to offer one full scholarship to a high calibre applicant from the Gold Coast to undertake the Company Directors Course Gold Coast on 13 to 19 March 2019.

AICD recognises the importance of supporting regional directors and members with a focus on delivering events and education courses locally, and understanding local needs and issues.

Applicants must complete the scholarship application and send it to us by Friday 4 January 2019. For further information please email qld@aicd.com.au or phone 07 3222 5500.

Tasmanian scholarships

Tasmania offers a range of scholarships each year to prospective company directors. Keep up to date with the current scholarships being offered here.

Tasmanian Government Board Diversity Governance Scholarship Program 2018

The Tasmanian Government Board Diversity Governance Scholarship Program is offered by the Tasmanian Government in partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

The objective of the program is to increase the governance and leadership skills of Tasmanian women who are emerging leaders and to support them to be board-ready.

In its fourth year, the Program will award seventeen Foundations of Directorship Course scholarships that include AICD Membership and entrance to the Aspiring Directors Program.

The 2018-19 Scholarship Program is actively seeking applications from women who face the most barriers to accessing professional development opportunities and achieving leadership roles, including board appointments.

A number of scholarships have been designated for women with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and women from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

The Program will be responsive to the needs of the scholarship recipients to ensure they receive support as required.

Women working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) areas are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Closing Date for applications: Monday 15 October 9am.

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Victoria scholarships

Recognising the importance of supporting regional directors and members the Victoria office offers a range of scholarships each year.

2018 Loddon Mallee Regional Scholarships

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2018 Loddon Mallee Regional Scholarship.

Congratulations to Larna Tarrant MAICD and Andrew Trewartha.


2018 Geelong Regional Scholarships

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2018 Geelong Regional Scholarships. Congratulations to Benjamin Carter MAICD and Kylie Warne MAICD.


2018 Ballarat and Central Highlands Regional Scholarships

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2018 Ballarat and Central Highlands Regional Scholarships. Congratulations to Rebekah Foster MAICD and Cameron Montgomery MAICD.

Victorian Government Women’s Board Leadership Program

The Women’s Board Leadership Program encourages women to serve, stay, and excel on community and government boards.

What is the Women’s Board Leadership Program?

The Women’s Board Leadership Program encourages women to serve, stay, and excel on community and government boards.

The program offers a range of governance courses from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Leadership Victoria, and includes networking, mentoring, and coursework to develop women’s governance knowledge and leadership skills.

Why is the Victorian Government running this program?

The Victorian Government has committed that no less than 50% of appointments to paid government boards will be women, because our boards should reflect the Victorian community.

Promoting gender equality on Victorian community and government boards improves the social performance of organisations, supports innovation and decision-making, and enhances board effectiveness and financial performance.

Gender equality on community and government boards also promotes women’s leadership in Victoria, and challenges gender stereotypes that are a key contributor to family violence and other forms of violence against women.

Why should you apply?

You will:

  • get relevant governance training suited to your level of board experience
  • build confidence, skills and knowledge to progress a board career
  • make supportive relationships with other women on boards
  • get networking opportunities
  • become more attractive to board selectors and recruitment companies

The 2018 Women’s Board Leadership Program

Applications are open now and close on 22 June!

Visit the Women Victoria website for more information and to apply.