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



Scholarship programs around Australia.

The AICD’s scholarship programs advance the participation of aspiring and established directors from diverse backgrounds through access to our world-class courses.

We invite applications from AICD members and non-members for our scholarship programs. Each program offering is different, and eligibility will vary.

Interested in finding out more? To be notified of AICD scholarship programs when they open, register to our Scholarships Notifications List.

Applications for the 2025 program open on 1 July 2024 and close on 25 August 2024 at 11:59 AWST.

With support from the National Indigenous Australians Agency, the AICD is partnering with the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute (AIGI) and The Observership Program on the second round of the First Nations Director Scholarship Program, scheduled for 2025. This program is aimed at developing a cohort of First Nations directors ready to contribute to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous boards across Australia.

Find out more about the scholarship here.

Applications for the 2024 program are closed. 

​​Released in partnership with the Australian Leadership Hub, this scholarship provides 200 individuals from smaller not-for-profit organisations with full-fee scholarships to undertake the highly regarded Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors course.​​

Applications for the 2024 program are closed.

The AICD and Australian Network on Disability are again partnering to support leaders with disability by providing an opportunity to uplift their governance knowledge through 15 full-fee scholarships.

Scholarship recipients will be able to undertake the Company Directors Course™ or the Foundations of Directorship™ course with the AICD. In addition, Australian Network on Disability will provide eight months of mentoring with an Australian business leader to each scholarship recipient to help maximise board career opportunities.

Scholarship recipients will also receive a complimentary one-year:

  • AICD membership
  • Directorship Opportunities subscription, Australia’s foremost listing platform for directorship positions

The expertise of these two organisations will complement each other to provide a comprehensive, integrated program.

The AICD and Australian Network on Disability are excited about the return of this program and to continue to make Australian boards welcoming and inclusive of people with disability.

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