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 and specify your area of interest.

Aspiring Indigenous Director Program

The Aspiring Indigenous Director Program is designed to assist emerging Indigenous leaders who are interested in taking up board positions.

Through structured learning sessions, workshops and monthly discussion groups guided by experienced directors, participants will develop their boardroom skills and confidence, expand their networks and be supported as they look to take up board positions.

Program overview

The program includes attendance at:

  • Governance Foundations three-day course on 27-28 Feb and 29 April
  • Two-hour peer mentoring forums facilitated by experienced directors, held monthly from March-October 2020
  • Finding Board Positions workshop on 27 October 2020
  • Board Networking evening on 26 November 2020

Participants will also receive a one-year membership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Who should apply?

This fully-funded program is open to applicants who:

  • Identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island person
  • Are an Australian citizen residing in Queensland
  • Are a director, aspiring director or leader of an organisation or community group
  • Have the ability and desire to contribute as a board member in the future
  • Can outline the benefits of completing the program for you, your organisation and/or your community
  • Can provide a professional reference or letter of support from your current organisation

No prior experience as a director is required.

How do I apply?

Please complete an EOI form and email it to qld@aicd.com.au by 31 January 2020.

Applications will be reviewed by our selection panel and successful applicants will be advised via email on 6 February 2020.

Further enquiries

For enquiries please phone 07 3222 5500.

Foundation Partner

Griffith University

Supporting partner

International scholarships

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

The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) has made the decision to defer the 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 international@aicd.com.au

Not-for-Profit scholarships

Applications for the 2020/21 NFP Scholarships Program closed on 12 November 2020. Successful are due to be notified in late December 2020.

The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) is committed to improving society through world-class governance and the NFP Scholarships program is a key component of this commitment.

Each year the AICD makes scholarships available to the Australian Not-for-Profit sector in all states and territories, with the aim of supporting directors, senior managers, and emerging directors.

Successful applicants will undertake the Governance Foundations for NFP Directors course, which provides participants with foundational-level knowledge of governance, specific to the NFP sector.

 

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.

Governance Development Programs for Not-for-Profit Directors and Leaders

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. With this in mind, they are once again pleased to offer a range of partial and fully funded scholarships.

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.

1.5 day course – Governance Foundations for NFP Directors – fully funded

Alice Springs: 12 and 13 November 2020
Tennant Creek: 16 and 17 November 2020 
Darwin: 24 and 25 November 2020 

To view the scholarship selection criteria and/or to complete your application form, click 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 Course™.

Applicable Darwin course dates include:

30 November to 4 December 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.


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 2019/20

Scholarship applications open on Monday November 18th 2019.

This program is being offered by the Tasmanian Government in partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Applicants must be Tasmanian residents and be prepared to commit to the course timings and related requirements including assessment completion.

Read more about the Scholarship Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Scholarship applications will close at 5pm Monday 9 December 2019.

Apply now

Victoria scholarships

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

2020 Geelong Regional Scholarships

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2020 Geelong Regional Scholarship. Congratulations to Theresa Best and Jason King.


2020 Bendigo Regional Scholarships

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2020 Bendigo Regional Scholarship. Congratulations to Carol-Anne Lever and Sarah Gee.

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.