Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship


The Westpac Scholars Trust awards 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

Whether your focus is strengthening Australia-Asia ties, technology and innovation, or enabling positive social change, Westpac are offering support for postgraduate study for talented individuals at Australia's leading universities. 

Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships, valued up to $120,000 per student over two to three years, are available to 2020 PhD and Masters by Coursework or Research students from any discipline. The scholarship includes a nine month leadership development program, opportunities to gain global experience, and access to extensive networks through the Westpac 100 Scholars Network.

If you’re commencing a PhD or Masters by Coursework or Masters by Research in 2020, apply before 11:59PM Wednesday 4 September 2019 (AEST).


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
    18 June 2019           Applications Open
    7 August 2019           Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship information webinar
    4 September 2019           Applications close (11:59pm, AEST)
    9-10 December 2019           National Assessment Centre in Sydney
    December 2019           Notification of outcome
    16-21 February 2020           Leadership Development Program: Sydney Residential
    2-3 April 2020           Leadership Development Program: Sydney Residential 2-3 April 2020 Westpac Scholars Summit     
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