The AICD welcomes applications from both members and non-members for our scholarships, which enable aspiring directors and organisational leaders from a range of sectors 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.

If you are interested in being notified about upcoming AICD scholarships please click here.

Company Directors Course for Indigenous Business Leaders

The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Perpetual and Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) are pleased to make 17 scholarships available for Indigenous leaders to attend the AICD's Company Directors Course for Indigenous Business Leaders in Perth next year.

The scholarships are focused exclusively on supporting Indigenous communities and will be funded by Norman H Johns Trust and E B Myer Charity Fund (managed by Perpetual) and the AICD, administered by the ASF and delivered by the AICD.

The course will be held over 5.5 days from Monday 29 April to Saturday 4 May 2019. The program comprises four full scholarships valued at $7,235 each and 13 part scholarships (40%) valued at $2,984 each.

Find out more information about the program and the application process here.

International scholarships

Stay up to date on our current International scholarships being offered, as well as the latest International Scholarship Program recipients.

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

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

For further information and to apply, please download the application form.

Not-for-Profit scholarships

Our annual scholarship program forms part of the AICD’s strong commitment to the Not-for-Profit sector. With a majority of our members involved in the governance of NFP’s across Australia, we are pleased to offer scholarships for leaders in this sector to steer their organisations to success.

Our scholarship program for 2019/20 has closed. If you would like to be notified future NFP scholarship opportunities, please email NFPscholarships@aicd.com.au.

To access a range of relevant practical tools and articles and the latest research on NFP governance, please visit our Not-for-Profit Resource Centre.

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.

2019/20 NT Government Not-for-Profit Sector – Partial Scholarships Company Directors Course

The NT Government through the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation, in partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, recognise the need to assist Directors and Leaders across the Northern Territory in the NFP sector. We are offering twelve part scholarships of 30% off member price for high calibre Directors and Leaders from the NFP sector in the NT to enrol in our flagship program, the Company Directors CourseTM.

Applicable Darwin course dates include:

  • 2 to 6 December 2019
  • 27 April to 1 May 2020

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

To view the scholarship selection criteria and/or to complete your application form click here. Applications close Monday 14 October 2019.


Scholarship applications open – Foundations of Directorship for Indigenous Organisations

The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Northern Territory Government through Dept of Trade Business and Innovation are together offering 20 fully-funded scholarship opportunities to make a positive impact on the local community through governance education and director development.

Leaders and Directors of Northern Territory based Not-for-Profit Indigenous Organisations can apply for fully-funded scholarship opportunity to participate in 3-day Foundations of Directorship program.

This program, run by AICD, is designed to give participants a better understanding of performance related roles and responsibilities for directors and leaders, specifically in the areas of governance, board meetings, financial performance risk and strategy.

To be held over 3-day in Alice Springs October 29-31 and Darwin December 3-5, 2019. To apply please complete your application form click here.

Representatives from AICD and Dept of Trade Business and Innovation will review applications for Alice Springs on September 6 and 20 and Darwin September 20 and October 11, 2019.

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

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.

2020 Brisbane Director Nexus Scholarship

Applications are now open for the 2020 Brisbane Director Nexus Scholarship, and we are pleased to offer two full scholarships, valued at $1,890 each.

To qualify for this scholarship you must be a Queensland AICD member in any of the following categories, who holds a director position or has experience as a non-executive director on one or more formally established boards.

  • Non-for-Profit
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organisations
  • Start-up or Young Entrepreneur

The program includes 10 two-hour group meetings over 12 months, beginning in February 2020 at AICD’s Brisbane office.

Director Nexus 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.

To apply please submit your resumé, along with a cover letter outlining how this program 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 qldmembershipteam@aicd.com.au or phone 07 3222 5500 by 18 October 2019.

Victoria scholarships

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

2019 Albury Wodonga Regional Scholarships

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the Albury Wodonga Regional Scholarships. Congratulations to Ben McGowan and Jillian Roscoe.


2019 Geelong Regional Scholarships

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2019 Geelong Regional Scholarship.

Congratulations to Ashleigh Wall.

Western Australia scholarships

Western Australia 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 WA AICD scholarship recipients.

2019 WA NFP Partial Scholarships

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 WA NFP Short Course Partial Scholarships. Congratulations to:

Governing to Protect Vulnerable People

Nadine Carter

The Role of the Not-for-Profit Chair

Tim Mitchell

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 WA NFP Company Directors Course Partial Scholarships. Congratulations to Elizabeth Brennan, Justin O’Meara Smith, Carmelina Fiorentino, Natalie Jenkins, Josephine Buontempo and Amy Mayer.

Women Entrepreneurs Program for Established Businesses

The Women Entrepreneurs Program for Established Businesses, funded by the Australian Government’s Office for Women, is focused on ensuring the future economic stability and sustainability of the businesses of women entrepreneurs.

The program is targeted at female entrepreneurs seeking to scale-up their businesses through increased investment and financial opportunities. The program is focused solely on women with established businesses, not those in the start-up stage.

The aim of the program is to provide opportunities for women to:

  • Learn about the governance implications of scaling-up their businesses. This includes:
    • The difference between advisory boards and full governance boards;
    • How to effectively communicate a business’s potential to advisors and investors;
    • The business owner versus the director perspective and
  • Understand financials through a governance lens and what investors and externals want to see presented in the financials.

The program will provide the opportunity for 50 women entrepreneurs (25 in Sydney and 25 in Melbourne), to participate in online and face-to face elements over a 12-month period.

This program is only open to participants in Sydney and Melbourne due to the nature of the workshops (face-to-face) which are compulsory to attend. Applicants from New South Wales and Victoria are welcome to apply if they fund their own travel costs to Sydney and Melbourne for the two workshops.

The scholarship recipients will also receive 12 months membership of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

The program will run from 1 October 2019 to the 31 October 2020.

Read more about the Guidelines and Selection Criteria and Frequently Asked Questions.

Apply now.