Its great to see the continuation of these programs which go beyond the concept of quota and provide the confidence and experience needed to venture into Board membership.

Program Directors state they are delighted to offer scholarship programs to high-performing women that support them in their director and executive careers.

This program will provide 40 scholarships to women currently working in executive roles in male dominated sectors aimed at supporting and developing their executive careers. In this stream scholarships for the Company Directors Course and for the Foundations of Directorship program will be awarded.

Victorian Women’s Governance Scholarships

“In 2012 we launched the Victorian Women’s Governance Scholarships in partnership with the Victorian State Government. The program is aimed at increasing the skills, qualifications and confidence of Victorian women to enable them to join private, public and community sector boards and to effectively contribute as a Director.

The Victorian Women’s Governance Scholarships are a joint initiative of the Victorian Government and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

The program is aimed at increasing the knowledge, skills and confidence of Victorian women to enable them to join private, public and community sector boards and to effectively contribute as a Director. It is anticipated that benefits may also flow to participating community and not-for-profit organisations through better governance practices.

Diversity Scholarships

1) Rural and remote (Now closed)

The first scholarship program supported by the Federal Government will provide 30 scholarships to women living in rural and remote locations to undertake Company Directors Course (including an allocation for travel and accommodation costs) aimed at supporting and developing their executive or professional director careers.
Scholarship recipients will be announced by 29 August 2014

2) Board Ready Scholarships (applications open in September 2014)

This program will provide 70 scholarships to women who are seeking to transition from their executive to a board career, or professional non-executive directors seeking to advance their board career. In this stream scholarships for the Company Directors Courseand Mastering the Boardroomprogram will be awarded.

3) Sector Development Scholarships (applications open in February 2015)

What is the scholarship program?

This program will award 34 full fee scholarships (not including accommodation and travel costs) to high-calibre women to undertake the Company Directors Course.

The scholarship recipients will also receive 12 months membership of the Australian Insitute of Company Directors.

Who should apply?

Only women who are current board members of not-for-profit organisations which are in receipt of Victorian state government funding will be considered. Additionally, it is expected that candidates have a basic level of financial literacy to undertake the program.

All applicants must be a resident of Victoria at the time of application and have the right to live and work in Australia for a period of at least five years, and not be previously disqualified as a company director.

Please review the program guidelines and frequently asked questions for further information. Applicants are also encouraged to view the sample application form before applying.

Applications are now open for the 2015 program, please contact the Victorian Office on (03) 9245 4200.

To register your interest in the Board Ready or the Sector Development Scholarships please submit an expression of interest.”

Australian Institute of Company Directors