The AICD’s scholarship program provides promising and emerging directors the opportunity to participate in our world-class courses and develop their director careers. We welcome applications from both members and non-members and strongly encourage leaders who are looking to develop their skills and capabilities as directors, to apply. 

Interested in finding out more? To be notified of upcoming AICD scholarships, please click here.

Directing Change Scholarship Program – A new scholarship for leaders with disability

The Australian Network on Disability (AND) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) are partnering to remove barriers faced by leaders with disability in securing board positions by increasing their governance knowledge.

This opportunity provides 15 full-fee scholarships in 2022 to leaders with disability to undertake either the Foundations of Directorship program or the Company Directors Course at AICD. In addition, eight months of mentoring with an Australian business leader will also be provided by AND to help maximise board career opportunities.

The expertise of the two organisations will complement each other to provide a comprehensive and integrated program through actions and learnings of both leaders with disability and board directors.

The Australian Network on Disability and AICD are excited to launch this program and start delivering change to Australian Boards in the future.

How to Apply:

Leaders with disability can apply from 17 January – 13 February 2022 by clicking here.

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.

Northern Territory Small Business Financial Fitness Program

The Territory Small Business Financial Fitness Program is part of the Northern Territory Government’s Jobs First Program designed to assist small business and not-for-profit organisations access financial sustainability training programs across the Territory.

The Australian Institute of Company Directors is proud to be working in conjunction with the NT Government to provide the following fully-funded Financial Management program:


This program provides a straightforward introduction to financial statements from the director’s perspective. Participants will explore the three key financial statements: the balance sheet, the income (profit and loss) statement and the cash flow statement; and discover how directors use these statements to monitor financial performance and to assess overall company performance at board level. The course also examines the financial aspects of directors’ statutory duties and non-financial indicators of company performance.

Programs will be conducted face to face and on-line in Darwin, Palmerston and Alice Springs.

Applications are assessed as they are received and places are limited.

Not-for-Profit Scholarships Program

Applications for the 2021/22 Not-for-Profit Scholarships Program are now closed.

The AICD is committed to improving society through world-class governance and our Not-for-Profit Scholarships Program is a key component of this commitment.

Each year the AICD offers scholarships to emerging and current directors of small Not-for-Profit organisations (annual turnover $2 million or less) in all states and territories, to help build their governance skills.

Successful applicants undertake the highly regarded Governance Foundations for NFP Directors course, which provides a foundational-level understanding of NFP governance.

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International Scholarships Program

The International Scholarships Program is currently on hold. 

The AICD has made the decision to defer our International Scholarships Program given the risks posed by COVID-19, and in consideration of government and health department advice on this matter.

To access a range of resources to help organisations navigate the current situation, including advice on business continuity, please visit our COVID-19 resources page.

If you have any questions or to express interest in future international scholarships, please contact our International team via

Women’s Regional, Rural and Remote Diversity Scholarships 2022

With support from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Office for Women, the AICD is pleased to launch a multi-year scholarship program to support emerging and experienced female directors in regional, rural and remote Australia.

The program will provide opportunities for suitably qualified women from different backgrounds who face additional barriers to education and leadership participation. 

We welcome applicants who reflect the diversity of Australia’s population and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, culturally diverse women, women with disability and those in the not-for-profit sector to apply.

In 2022, the first round of the program will offer:

  • 30 full-fee scholarships to undertake the Company Directors Course
  • 24 full-fee scholarships to undertake the Foundations of Directorship program

Each scholarship includes subsidised travel and accommodation and a year’s membership to the AICD. 

For more information, please read our FAQs. The scholarships are being administered by the Australian Scholarships Foundation. To apply, please click here

Applications for the program close at 5pm (AEDT) on Friday 29 October 2021.