Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship

Offers tomorrow’s leaders the opportunity to expand their thinking and help make a difference to Australia through their research and studies.

Scholarship recipients will be exceptional people, chosen for their ability to make a difference to Australia’s future in one of three focus areas:

  • Technology and innovation;
  • Fostering Australia-Asia ties;
  • Reducing Australia’s environmental impact; and
  • Creating a more inclusive country.

Scholarship benefits

The Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship includes:

  • Up to $120,000 in scholarship funding over 2-3 years to cover the cost of study (e.g. course fees, living expenses, learning experiences and travel expenses).
  • A bespoke Leadership Development Program designed to foster potential of emerging leaders by building on your unique strengths and developing capabilities for success. It includes two residentials during the nine-month program.
  • Opportunity to add a global context to your education, with tailored international experiences of up to six months (when possible and COVID travel restrictions permitting).
  • Lifelong membership to the W100 – a diverse and growing network of inspiring Aussies ready to collaborate, challenge and offer support. Plus hard-to-access networking and professional development opportunities.
  • Attendance at the Westpac Scholars Summit in Sydney (travel restrictions dependent).

Eligibility and selection criteria

Available to an Australian citizen, or permanent resident, who has completed their undergraduate degree after 1 September 2017, or will have completed by 31 December 2022, who has demonstrated academic excellence. This Scholarship is for those who can demonstrate leadership potential and will provide you with additional support while you undertake a PhD or a full-time master’s degree (coursework or research).

To be eligible, you must apply for admission to a higher degree by research or a postgraduate coursework degree.

For further information on eligibility and selection criteria refer to the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship website.

How to apply

All applicants must

  • Apply to the University of Tasmania for admission to a postgraduate degree, and
  • Apply to Westpac for the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship

Applicants applying for Higher Degree by Research must also apply for a University of Tasmania base living allowance scholarship.

Higher Degree by Research applicants (Masters of Research and PhD)

Postgraduate coursework applicants

All applicants are encouraged to attend the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship online information session on Tuesday 19 July 2022 (see key dates below to register).

Are you the next Westpac Scholar?

Key dates 2022

Prospective Scholars:

  • Applications Open: Wednesday 15 June 2022 at 9:00am AEST
  • Westpac Scholarship Online Information Session: Tuesday 19 July 2022 at 6:00pm AEST. Watch last year's recording and access the presentation deck.
  • Applications Close:  Thursday 1 September 2022 at 5pm AEST
  • National Assessment Centre in Sydney: 6 - 7 December 2022
  • Notification of outcome: 13 December 2022

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