Our scholarship programs give promising individuals the opportunity to gain new skills and become leaders for a better future.



Scholarship positions around Australia.

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 for our scholarships. Aspiring directors and organisational leaders with a broad range of experience are able to participate in these programs.

Interested in finding out more? To be notified of upcoming AICD scholarships, register on our Scholarships Notifications List. 

The Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australian Network on Disability are partnering to support leaders with disability in securing board positions by providing an opportunity to uplift their governance knowledge. The scholarships are funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

In the first round of this initiative 85 full-fee scholarships are being offered to undertake the Company Directors Course or the Foundations of Directorship course at the AICD. Successful applicants will be provided with a number of course dates between November 2022 and June 2023 from which to choose. The application process will be managed by the Australian Scholarships Foundation as the facilitating partner.

To help maximise board career opportunities, in addition to the course, scholarship holders will also receive a complimentary one-year:

  • AICD membership 
  • Directorship Opportunities subscription, Australia’s foremost listing platform which provides the widest choices for directorship positions

To continue to remove the barriers leaders with disability face in achieving executive and board positions, Australian Network on Disability will also be facilitating Leader-to-Leader Conversations. These conversations are to help established directors understand their role in creating an enabling and inclusive environment through the power of storytelling and connection. The expertise of these two organisations will complement each other to provide a comprehensive, integrated program through the actions and learnings of leaders with disability alongside current board directors.

The AICD and Australian Network on Disability are excited to launch this program and start delivering change to make Australian boards welcoming and inclusive of people with disability.

How to Apply

Leaders with disability can apply from 27 June 2022 to 24 July 2022.

Applications for the 2022/23 Not-for-Profit Scholarships Program are open from Monday, 4 April until Sunday, 1 May 2022.

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 income of $2 million or less) in all states and territories, to help build their governance skills. 

Successful applicants will undertake the highly regarded Governance Foundations for NFP Directors course, which provides a foundational-level understanding of NFP governance, between August 2022 and June 2023. 

How to apply

For further information and to apply online, please visit the website of our facilitating partner, the Australian Scholarships Foundation

Applications for the 2022/23 Program are open until Monday 6th June.

This program provides governance training and networking to help women advance their board careers. All women in Victoria with two to five years' experience serving on government or not-for-profit boards or committee of management can apply.

We welcome applicants that reflect the diversity of Victoria's population and encourage Aboriginal women, culturally diverse women, women with a disability, women who live in rural and regional locations and LGBTIQ+ people to apply for the program.

The 2022 program is delivered in partnership between the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Office of Women and will enable up to 19 participants to complete the program.

Please contact if you want more information on the 2022 program.

This program is suitable for Victorian women with to medium- to long-term experience in governance and leadership roles. For information about other leadership programs available for women, please visit Victorian Government women's leadership programs webpage.

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.

The first round of the program closed in late 2021, and the second and final round is scheduled to open later in 2022.

How to apply

Applications for this program are currently closed.

To be notified of the next round of this program, and other scholarship opportunities from the AICD, please click here to register your interest.

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