Our vision

Westpac Scholars will create a better future for all Australians.

Westpac Bicentennial Foundation will help achieve this by investing in and uniting outstanding people from all walks of life with ambition, ideas and drive to help Australia prosper and grow. Forever.

Scholarships to shape our future

We've centred our scholarships around three focus areas we believe are at the heart of Australia's future growth and prosperity, and central to our own focus as an organisation:

Technology and innovation

Digitisation is changing almost every element of everyday life. We want Australia to stay at the forefront of this revolution.

Australia-Asia ties

Australia is uniquely positioned to share in the rapid rise of Asia, with our deep cultural, political and economic relationships. We want to strengthen these bonds.

Positive social change

Social entrepreneurship is fast becoming a distinctive part of the nation's social, economic and political fabric. We want Australia to keep drawing strength from this phenomenon.

$100 million gift

The Westpac Scholarship Program is an initiative of the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation. The Foundation is celebrating Westpac's 200th anniversary in 2017 with a $100 million gift to future generations of Australians. With the sole aim of educating and advancing Australians, we'll ensure those with a passion to contribute to our nation's growth and prosperity have every chance to do so.

Our board

The Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Board is based in Sydney, Australia. The Board is dedicated to identifying, educating and promoting those who can lead Australia in the way we progress technology, social issues and our standing with Asia. 

Susan Bannigan


Philip Coffey


Jon Nicholson


Helen Lynch AM


Dave Curran


Professor Sandra Harding


National Selection Panel

The National Selection Panel comprises senior industry and academic leaders responsible for the final selection of Westpac Research Fellows and Future Leader Scholars. Through the rigorous selection process, the Panel is dedicated to recruiting Australia's best and brightest leaders, innovators and pioneers from all walks of life.

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Professor Larissa Behrendt (2016)

Professor of Indigenous Research and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology – Academic category

Professor Aidan Byrne (2016 - 2018)

Provost and Senior Vice President, The University of Queensland

Philip Coffey (2015 - 2018)

Chairman, Westpac Bicentennial Foundation

Professor Suzanne Cory AC (2015, 2016)

Laboratory Head, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Professor Andy Dong (2015)

Warren Centre Chair for Engineering Innovation, Faculty of Engineering and IT, University of Sydney

Dr Nicholas Farrelly (2015 - 2018)

Associate Dean, Development and Impact, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University

Professor Sandra Harding (2015, 2017)

Vice Chancellor and President, James Cook University

Professor G.Q. Max Lu (2015)

Provost and Senior Vice President, The University of Queensland

Helen Lynch AM (2015, 2016)

Director, Westpac Bicentennial Foundation

Professor Tessa Morris Suzuki (2015, 2016)

Professor of Japanese History, School of Culture, History and Language, Australian National University

Professor John Shine AC (2015, 2016, 2018)

Professor of Medicine and Professor of Molecular Biology, University of NSW, and Chairman, CSL Limited

David Thodey AO (2015, 2016)

Chairman, CSIRO and Chair of Jobs NSW

Dr Angie Kings-Lynne (2016)

Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship Program Ambassador

Dr Heather Smith (2016 - 2018)

Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Australian Government

Jon Nicholson (2016 - 2018)

Director, Westpac Bicentennial Foundation

Professor Edwina Cornish AO (2016)

Former Provost and Senior Vice-President, Monash University

Professor Tanya Monro (2017, 2018)

Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation, University of South Australia

Deena Shiff (2017)

Chairman BAI Communications

Professor Judy Raper (2017, 2018)

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation – University of Wollongong

Professor Ian Smith (2017, 2018)

Vice-Provost (Research & Research Infrastructure), Monash University

Ann Sherry AO (2018)

Chairman of Carnival Australia

Our university partners

Founding partners

  • The University of Melbourne
    The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Sydney
  • University of Wollongong


  • Edith Cowan University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • The University of Adelaide
  • The Australian National University
  • CQUniversity Australia
    CQUniversity Australia
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Deakin University
  • Monash University
  • The University of Queensland
  • RMIT University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of New South Wales Australia
  • Victoria University
  • The University of Western Australia