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 leadership programs.

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

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 in remote, rural, and regional communities working (paid or unpaid) for our environment and climate action who want to undertake the WELA Leadership Development Program. These women often face obstacles and hardships not experienced to the same extent by women 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 Leadership Development Program.

Requirements

Applications are invited from women 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.

Moreland Council Community Scholarship

Moreland City Council established this scholarship to support women from its community in Melbourne’s inner north to participate in the WELA Leadership Development Program. The scholarship covers the full program cost ($5,500 including travel costs) for one person.

Moreland Council’s goal is to work with the community to achieve a zero carbon Moreland 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 Moreland’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 Moreland 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 Moreland are particularly encouraged. 

How to apply

You can apply for a Moreland Council Community Scholarship when applying for the WELA Leadership Development Program.

Requirements

Applications are invited from women or gender diverse people residing in the Moreland 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.

WELA Alumni-funded Indigenous Scholarship

Alumni from our programs 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 and our alumni recognise 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 Development Program.

WELA General Scholarship

Through our fundraising work, we’re able to offer several full or partial scholarships to women environmentalists who are unable to cover the full costs of participating in our National Leadership Development Program.

Who's it for

These scholarships are available to support those who need them, regardless of whether you have the capacity to assist with fundraising towards them. However, they are limited so if you are considering applying, we encourage you to consider where you are open to working with us on fundraising to cover your participation costs, including through grants, crowdfunding or other avenues. Fundraising is part of our program’s skills development and we’re here to help you with it.

How to apply

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

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