Diversity Scholarship programs


We are delighted to offer scholarship programs to high-performing women that support them in their director and executive careers. Australian Government

National Diversity Scholarships


We are pleased to announce we have partnered with the Federal Government to run an additional round of scholarships, increasing the number of Board Diversity Scholarships offered from 140 to 195 full fee scholarships to experienced women to undertake one of the Australian Institute of Company Directors' highly regarded governance education programs.

1) Cultural Diversity Scholarships (now closed)

This program will provide 55 scholarships to current and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse female directors. In this stream, 30 scholarships for the Company Directors Course and 25 for the Foundations of Directorship program will be awarded, in addition to 12 months complimentary membership to the AICD.

Applications for the Cultural Diversity Scholarships have now closed. Scholarships will be awarded during the week of the 14 September 2015.

2) Sector Development Scholarships (now closed)

This program provided 40 scholarships to women currently working in executive roles in growth 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 were awarded.

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the Sector Development scholarships. 

3) Rural and Remote Scholarships (now closed)

This program provided 30 scholarships to women living in rural and remote locations to undertake the Company Directors Course (including an allocation for travel and accommodation costs) aimed at supporting and developing their executive or professional director careers.

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the Rural and Remote scholarships.

4) Board Ready Diversity Scholarships
(now closed)

This program awarded 70 scholarships to women to undertake the Company Directors Course or Mastering the Boardroom program, aimed at driving a more rapid increase in the number of women on boards and in senior leadership roles.

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the Board Ready Diversity Scholarships.

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 now closed.

Please visit our Victorian Women's Governance Scholarships page for further information on this program and a list of past program recipients.

Past Board Diversity Scholarships Recipients

 List of recipients in the  2012 and 2010 programs