Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship


The Westpac Scholars Trust awards upto 100 scholarships and fellowships every year to the people with the drive and imagination to shape Australia’s future. It was launched as a gift to future generations of Australians with a contribution from Westpac Group of $100 million to commemorate Westpac’s 200th anniversary in 2017.

About The Scholarship

"Do you have the drive to make a difference?'

Whether your focus is Asia, new technology or social change the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation is offering postgraduate study for talented individuals at Australia's leading universities. Scholars will be exceptional people, chosen for their potential to make a difference to Australia's future in one of our three focus areas:

- Technology and innovation
- Fostering Australia-Asia ties
- Enabling positive social change.

The Scholarships are valued at up to $120,000 over 2-3 years and will be awarded annually for research or coursework studies at graduate level. If you are commencing a PhD or Masters by Coursework or Masters by Research in 2021, apply before 11:59PM Wednesday 2 September 2020 (AEST).

Online Information Session: 21 July at 3pm AEST. Register here

Scholarship Benefits

  • Up to $120,000 over 2-3 years to cover the cost of study (e.g. course fees, living allowance, travel and conference attendance)
  • Enrolment in a nine-month bespoke Leadership Development Program with a weeklong residential in Sydney
  • Opportunity to add a global context to your education, with tailored international experiences of up to six months
  • Lifelong membership on the Westpac 100 Scholars Network
  • Attendance at the Westpac Scholars Summit in Sydney
What does it take to be a Westpac Future Leaders Scholar?

Key Dates
 17 June 2020  Applications Open
 21 July 2020  Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship information webinarRegister here
 2 September 2020  Applications Close (11:59pm, AEST)
 8 - 9 December 2020  National Assessment Centre in Sydney
 15 December 2020  Notification of Outcome
 14 - 19 February 2021  Leadership Development Program: Sydney Residential
How to Apply?

Applications are now open.

For information on how to apply please visit the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation website.

Top 10 Application Tips

Read current Westpac Scholars' top 10 tips for your application here

Hear from our Students

Read about 2019 Westpac Future Leaders Scholar Jaffly Chen's experience here

Listen to 2018 Westpac Future Leaders Scholar Joey Rowlands discuss Quantum Computing here

Read about 2017 Westpac Future Leaders Scholar Elise Wood's experience here

More Information

Contact Westpac Scholars Trust: westpacscholars@westpac.com.au