Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship

Applications open
15 June 2022
Applications close
1 September 2022
Payment per year
Up to $120,000 - value will depend on the type of course or research program
2-3 years - duration will depend on program of study
PhD, Masters by Research OR Masters by Coursework
Postgraduate Coursework
Postgraduate Research
Australian Citizens
Australian Permanent Residents
Type of Scholarship
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Financial Need
Rural Regional and Remote Areas
Students with Disabilities
Study Abroad and Exchange
Supplementary Scholarships
Travel Scholarships
Available In
All Faculties
Available To

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A postgraduate scholarship program with a difference.

Are you a domestic student commencing a University of Adelaide PhD or Masters program in 2023? Valued up to $120,000 over 2 to 3 years, the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship could be for you.

Focussed on developing leadership potential, the program supports individuals with the drive and ideas to help shape a better future through their work and studies.

The scholarship is valued up to $120,000* over 2-3 years and includes a nine-month leadership development program, opportunities to gain global experience and access to extensive networks through the Westpac 100 Scholars Network.

Eligibility criteria

Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Have completed your first undergraduate degree after 1 September 2017 or will be completed by 31 December 2022
  • Have achieved or are on track to achieve an average result of H1 (First Class Honours) or H2A (Second Class Honours - A Division) equivalent (approximately 75 Weighted Average Mark)
  • Have chosen a field of study which, for PhD or Masters by Research applicants has an ERA four digit FOR rating of "well above world standard" and for Masters by Coursework applicants must be in a world-class standing**
  • Commence study in 2023, not before
  • Propose a program of study that:
    • Can be in any field and must be relevant to the Westpac Scholars Trust's focus areas
    • Includes international opportunities, such as a period of study at an overseas university, an invited presentation at a conference significant to the discipline, or a period of internship or placement at an overseas organisation, which will develop your leadership skills and global networks
    • Must underpin a worthy and viable post-study plan that benefits Australia

For full details on the eligibility criteria please visit Westpac Scholars.

* PhD students may also receive the RTP Scholarship in addition to the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship, providing value over $200,000 collectively.

** Please note that medical research as defined in the ARC Medical Research Policy will not be considered.

Applications open June 2022 and close September 2022.

For further information please visit Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship.

How to Apply

Please contact Rosie Wilkes from the Adelaide Graduate Research School to start your application.

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Bridget Smart
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MPhil Medical Sciences
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Doug Radford
PhD Engineering




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Shanna Hosking
PhD Biological Sciences
Olivia Johnson
Olivia Johnson
PhD Biological Sciences



Alex Procter
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PhD Health and Medical Sciences
Harry Carpenter
Harry Carpenter
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Kate Obst
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Alexandra Hawthorn, Masters Clinical Nursing
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Matilda Handsley-Davis
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