Scholarships

Supporting a new wave of leadership

To unleash the power of diverse leadership, we need to remove barriers to it. That includes financial barriers, which is why we’re pleased to offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships to our National Leadership Program.

Our scholarships are made possible by our generous donors and partners. Please take a look at the scholarships below and if you have any questions about them or other barriers you face, please email us so we can make time to talk.

Scholarships available

WELA General Support and Help

As a first step, applicants should approach their workplace to cover the program expenses. If this proves to be a challenge, we are here to assist you in advocating within your organisation and exploring alternative funding sources such as grants, crowdfunding, and direct sponsorship to cover your participation costs.

Who's it for

Women and gender diverse people residing in Australia, working (paid or unpaid) for our environment or climate action who need support to meet the cost of the program.

How to apply

You can apply for support or help when applying for the WELA National Leadership Program.  See below for further full scholarship opportunities.

Requirements

Applications are invited from women and gender diverse people residing in Australia, working (paid or unpaid) for our environment or climate action.

Successful recipients will be asked to provide a short bio and photo and record a short video about their engagement with WELA for promotional purposes. 

Recipients may also be asked to work with WELA to help cover the cost of their fees, through a range of measures.

Dr Deb Foskey Fund

The fund was established by Samara and Eleni McIlroy in honour of their mother, Dr Deb Foskey. A passionate environmentalist, advocate for East Gippsland, and the Greens member for Molonglo from 2004 to 2008, Deb is remembered for her flair, poise and mentorship of other women. Read more of Dr Deb Foskey’s inspiring story here.

Who's it for

The fund welcomes applications from women  and gender diverse people in remote, rural, and regional communities working (paid or unpaid) for our environment and climate action who want to undertake the WELA National Leadership Program. These women and gender diverse people often face obstacles and hardships not experienced to the same extent by those in less isolated circumstances.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women of colour, gender diverse people and trans women, culturally and linguistically diverse and working class women and others facing barriers and marginalisation are particularly encouraged to apply.

How to apply

You can apply for a full or partial scholarship when applying for the WELA National Leadership Program.

Requirements

Applications are invited from women and gender diverse people in remote, rural or regional Australia, working (paid or unpaid) for our environment or climate action.

Successful recipients will be asked to provide a short bio and photo and record a short video about their engagement with WELA for promotional purposes. Recipients will also be asked to provide comments for a media release to selected media.

WELA Community-Funded First Nations Scholarship

WELA community members are invited to help fund this important scholarship. It is available for a First Nations woman or gender diverse person to participate in our transformative leadership program each year.

WELA recognises the essential contribution of Indigenous women’s leadership in creating a sustainable and thriving future. Connection to Country, and centering indigenous justice and reconciliation with people and Country, are essential to our shared vision for the future. We are committed to supporting and learning from Indigenous women’s leadership.

Who's it for

We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and gender diverse people who are actively working (paid or unpaid) for our environment through your community, on Country, through an environmental organisation or a grassroots community group, or any other relevant organisation.

How to apply

You can apply for a full or partial scholarship when applying for the WELA National Leadership Program.

Requirements

Successful recipients will be asked to provide a short bio and photo and record a short video about their engagement with WELA for promotional purposes. Recipients will also be asked to provide comments for a media release to selected media.

Merri-bek Council Community Scholarship

Merri-bek City Council established this scholarship to support women from its community in Melbourne’s inner north to participate in the WELA National Leadership Program. The scholarship covers the full program cost and travel costs for one person.

Merri-bek Council’s goal is to work with the community to achieve a zero carbon Merri-bek by 2040. The key components of its vision are:

  1. Efficient and 100% renewably powered energy
  2. Active and zero emissions transport
  3. Circular economy with zero waste

This scholarship will support the further development of leadership from within Merri-bek’s community, enabling a better future for our planet, our city, our community and our children. 

Who's it for

Applications are welcome from women and gender diverse people living in the Merri-bek local government area who are actively working for (paid or unpaid) and committed to our environment.

Applications from women and gender diverse people from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities, or from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, within Merri-bek are particularly encouraged. 

How to apply

You can apply for a full or partial scholarship when applying for the WELA National Leadership Program.

Requirements

Applications are invited from women or gender diverse people residing in the Merri-bek Council area (VIC), working (paid or unpaid) for our environment or climate action.

Successful recipients will be asked to provide a short bio and photo and record a short video about their engagement with WELA for promotional purposes. Recipients will also be asked to provide comments for a media release to selected media.

BioDiversity Legacy Scholarship

Biodiversity Legacy is pleased to establish this part scholarship to support women and gender diverse people working (paid or unpaid) across Australia for biodiversity conservation

Biodiversity Legacy is an organisation dedicated to supporting a groundswell of individuals, communities and organisations who want to protect biodiversity and ensure the equitable transfer of land to future generations.

In addition to participation in WELA’s National Leadership Program, the scholarship recipient will be introduced to the Biodiversity Legacy networks. Biodiversity Legacy hopes to foster an ongoing supportive relationship with scholarship recipients to supercharge their leadership. 

The scholarship covers a partial program cost of $3300 (including GST and travel costs) for one person.

Who's it for

Applications are welcome from women and gender diverse people across Australia actively working for (paid or unpaid) biodiversity conservation. 

How to apply

You can apply for a partial scholarship when applying for the WELA National Leadership Program.

Requirements

Applications are invited from women or gender diverse people residing in Australia, working (paid or unpaid) for biodiversity conservation.

Successful recipients will be asked to provide a short bio and photo and record a short video about their engagement with WELA and the Rendere Environment Trust for promotional purposes. Recipients will also be asked to provide comments for a media release to selected media.

Rendere Environment Trust scholarship

Rendere Environment Trust is pleased to establish this part scholarship to support women and gender diverse people working (paid or unpaid) across Australia for biodiversity conservation

The Rendere Environment Trust is a specialist philanthropic organisation that dedicates 100% of its resources to the environment – Rendere meaning ‘to give’ in Italian.

In addition to your participation in WELA’s National Leadership Program, the scholarship recipient will be introduced to the Rendere Environment Trust networks. The Rendere Environment Trust hopes to foster an ongoing supportive relationship with scholarship recipients to supercharge their leadership. 

The scholarship covers a partial program cost $3300 (including GST and travel costs) for one person.

Who's it for

Applications are welcome from women and gender diverse people across Australia actively working for (paid or unpaid) biodiversity conservation. 

How to apply

You can apply for a partial scholarship when applying for the WELA National Leadership Program.

Requirements

Applications are invited from women or gender diverse people residing in Australia, working (paid or unpaid) for biodiversity conservation.

Successful recipients will be asked to provide a short bio and photo and record a short video about their engagement with WELA and the Rendere Environment Trust for promotional purposes. Recipients will also be asked to provide comments for a media release to selected media.

Wettenhall Environment Trust scholarship

Wettenhall Environment Trust is pleased to establish this scholarship  to support a woman or gender diverse person working (paid or unpaid) across Australia with a focus on biodiversity, landscape ecology protection and restoration into WELA’s National Leadership Program. 

The Wettenhall Environment Trust is a grant making organisation, funding small groups to make a big difference. Wettenhall Grants support projects that enhance and maintain the vitality and diversity of the Australian natural living environment.

The scholarship covers the full program cost and travel costs for one person.

Who's it for

Applications are welcome from women and gender diverse people across Australia actively engaged (paid or unpaid) in efforts focusing on biodiversity, landscape ecology protection and restoration and the environment.

Applications from women and gender diverse people from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities, or from culturally and linguistically diverse communities are particularly encouraged. 

 

How to apply

You can apply for a full or partial scholarship when applying for the WELA National Leadership Program.

Requirements

The selected participant will meet the criteria of being engaged in efforts focusing on biodiversity, landscape ecology protection and restoration and the environment. 

Maribyrnong Council Community Scholarship

Maribyrnong City Council established this scholarship to support women from its community in Melbourne’s inner west to participate in the WELA National Leadership Program.The scholarship covers the full program cost and travel costs for one person.

Maribyrnong City Council recognises that addressing the climate emergency requires a collective, collaborative effort as a local and global community. In 2020, community members of Maribyrnong City Council’s Climate Emergency Community Advisory Group developed Council’s first ever Climate Emergency Strategy, using a deliberative democracy approach. The key objectives of the Climate Emergency Strategy are:

1. Ceasing emissions of greenhouse gases by Council and working with the Maribyrnong community to transition to zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

2. Drawing down (removing) existing and future greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere

3. Empowering and mobilising community action and building community resilience

This scholarship will support the further development of leadership from within Maribyrnong’s community, enabling a better future for our planet, our city, our community and our children.

Who's it for

Applications are welcome from women and gender diverse people living in the Maribyrnong local government area who are actively working for (paid or unpaid) and committed to our environment.

Applications from women and gender diverse people from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities, or from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, within Maribyrnong are particularly encouraged.

 

How to apply

You can apply for a full or partial scholarship when applying for the WELA National Leadership Program.

Requirements

Applications are invited from women or gender diverse people residing in the Maribyrnong Council area (VIC), working (paid or unpaid) for our environment or climate action.

Successful recipients will be asked to provide a short bio and photo and record a short video about their engagement with WELA for promotional purposes. Recipients will also be asked to provide comments for a media release to selected media.

Climate Action Network Australia: Climate Changemaker Scholarship

Climate Action Network Australia (CANA) is pleased to support this full scholarship to support women and gender diverse people working (paid or unpaid) across Australia in climate change making through its small grants program.

CANA is a network of organisations who collaborate to advocate for better climate solutions, to protect people from climate change, to safeguard our natural environment and to build a fairer and healthier Australia for everyone.

The scholarship covers the full program cost of $6,600 (including travel costs) for one person into WELA’s second 2024 National Leadership Program (running from June to December 2024). 

Who's it for

Applications are welcome from women and gender diverse people across Australia actively working in (paid or unpaid) climate changemaking. 

 

How to apply

You can apply for a full or partial scholarship when applying for the WELA National Leadership Program.

Requirements

Applications are invited from women or gender diverse people residing in Australia, working (paid or unpaid) for climate changemaking.

Successful recipients will be asked to provide a short bio and photo and record a short video about their engagement with WELA and CANA for promotional purposes. Recipients will also be asked to provide comments for a media release to selected media.

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