Apply to be a participant

Interested in the Women's Leadership Initiative's Leadership & Mentoring program?

Applications are now closed.

All Pacific women Australia Awards scholars who will be enrolled at an Australian university / tertiary institution for the first semester of the calendar year are eligible to apply. 

Applicants must be available to commence the program in Australia in February and available to travel again in the last week of September.

Key program timeframes


Applications close

October – November 

Shortlisting, interviews, reference checks

November onwards

Successful applicants notified


First residential intensive: Canberra and Namadgi National Park, ACT*


Second residential intensive: Clear Mountain Lodge, Clear Mountain, QLD*

February – August

Ongoing mentoring, coaching and other tailored support to develop your leadership skills, knowledge and networks

*Subject to lifting of COVID-19 restrictions

Women with disabilities and /or from traditionally-marginalised groups are encouraged to apply. 

Participants will be required to commit up to 15 days’ face-to-face contact in two residential intensives (February and September).

Some learning modules will be delivered between residential intensives. These are flexible but do require internet access. 

Eligible Pacific countries

We encourage applications from women who are citizens from any of the following Pacific Island countries:

Cook Islands  Nauru  Solomon Islands 
Federated States of Micronesia Niue Tokelau 
Fiji Palau Tonga
French Polynesia Papua New Guinea Tuvalu
Kiribati Republic of Marshall Islands Vanuatu
New Caledonia Samoa Wallis & Futuna

Ready to Apply?

It is strongly recommended that you read "What you need to apply" (click on the box below) and draft responses to the longform example questions before starting your application, as you are not able to save as you go.