Calling for Applications for the 2013 Emerging Leader Program has now closed


How to Apply

The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership fosters Indigenous leadership, providing exceptional people with the support they need to achieve their vision for their communities.

The Fellowship provides support to recognised leaders and opportunities to emerging leaders within Victoria's Indigenous communities. Building Indigenous leadership is a vital way of improving the social and emotional well-being of communities, and the Fellowship helps Indigenous communities to develop innovative responses to current issues and future challenges.

The Fellowship supports Indigenous leaders, past, present and future, striving to achieve positive change for Indigenous Victorians and strengthening links between Indigenous and mainstream Australia.

What is an Emerging Leader?

An Emerging Leader is someone who is at the beginning of their journey. They have recognised leadership skills and are ready to further develop their opportunities both personally and professionally. Their present focus is on a singular project or plan in an already recognised area of work.

See below for more information, application requirements and selection criteria for the Emerging Leader.

How to Apply

Please download the following document should you require any interview tips:

FIL Application and Interview Tips

Information on future applications for the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership Programs will be posted on the website in 2014.

The Selection Process

To ensure there is no conflict of interest in the selection of the Emerging Leaders or Fellows for the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership, the Selection Panel is independent of the Advisory Committee.  In the event a member of the Selection Panel has a personal or professional relationship with an applicant that could result in ethical concerns they may be requested to be excused from serving on the Panel.

The independent Selection Panel, comprises both Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of high standing in community, business and leadership roles, reviews all applications and shortlists applicants for interview so that the panelists can learn more about the applicants' vision for the future and how they would use the Award to make a difference.

We will offer the opportunity for shortlisted applicants to meet with a previous recipient of the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership Program to help prepare them for their interview.

Following the interviews, the Selection Panel then makes its recommendation to the Advisory Committee for the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership.

Interviews take place in Melbourne and followed by an announcement function.

Emerging Leader Program

The Emerging Leadership Program aims to support exceptional people develop their leadership potential and set them on the path for their vision for their community becoming a reality.

Those taking part in the program will have access to mentoring, professional and personal development and the opportunity to improve their leadership skills as well as a $30,000 grant over a period of 12 months to assist with:

  • The development of identified personal and professional development goals.

  • Planning and implementing a project that will benefit their community.

Applicants should have identified goals / objectives within a specific identified sector (i.e., arts, community, business, environment, education, health, media, sport etc) with knowledge of the required resources to implement and achieve the goals / objectives.

Requirements for Application

Applicants are asked to:

  • Complete the Application Form.
  • Address the selection criteria below and provide an outline for a12 month project that has a specific vision, idea or plan for a project in your local Indigenous community or statewide that would demonstrate / foster leadership within the community.
  • The project plan should include any development of personal and professional skills, aims of your specific project, activities that will help you achieve your objectives, draft timeline and proposed budget.
Selection Criteria

The Selection Panel will be looking for evidence of:

  • Commitment to achievement and an understanding of leadership. 
  • Skill and ability to undertake and complete projects.
  • Ability to contribute to strengthening leadership within Victoria's Aboriginal community.
  • A commitment to promoting and strengthening Victoria's Aboriginal culture.
  • A strong base within the Victoria's Aboriginal community evidenced by demonstrated relationships with already established Indigenous organisations, communities and projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong and fruitful relationships and networks with individuals, groups and organisations in the Victorian Aboriginal and non Aboriginal communities.
  • The desire to share knowledge and experience and to work to increase the understanding and skills of others including the ability to work as part of a team and foster teamwork.
  • Applicants must be Indigenous and currently living in Victoria - Fellowship projects must benefit Indigenous Victoria.

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