Future Leaders Scholarship

The Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship supports exceptional individuals to undertake post-graduate study at one of Australia's leading universities

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Do you have the drive to make a difference? 

Whether your focus is Asia, new technology or social change we're 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:

  1. Technology and innovation
  2. Strengthening Australia-Asia ties
  3. Enabling positive social change

Valued at up to $120,000 over, typically, 2-3 years, scholarships will be awarded annually for research or coursework studies at graduate level. 

Leadership development beyond the classroom

A key feature of the Future Leaders Scholarship is the Leadership Development Program, developed specifically for our Scholars.

You'll experience leadership development beyond the classroom. This nine-month program supports you to build on your strengths, develop targeted leadership capabilities, create career pathways and succeed in your field. 

The Leadership Development program provides relevant experiences, exposure to global thought leaders and explores key topics related to our focus areas. 

The Leadership Development Program was created in collaboration with recognised experts in leadership excellence, including several leading Australian universities. 

Gain global experience 

Leadership demands an ability to interrogate situations and circumstances from a variety of different perspectives. This scholarship gives you the chance to add a global context to your education, with tailored international experiences of up to six months. 

Earning a Scholarship is just the beginning

Our Westpac Scholars Alumni program offers more than just membership of a network that will help your career. It's an incredible platform for surrounding yourself with a diverse group of other inspiring leaders. 

Growing by 100 scholars a year across our five scholarship programs, this network will connect those with bold ideas to build a better future for all Australians.

This scholarship prepares you for the great unknown, bridging the gap between holding a vision, and having the knowledge and networks to make it happen.



We're looking for Australia's best and brightest

Your ability matches your drive - giving you the potential to make a lasting difference to Australia's future.

We want to help you realise this potential. Scholarships are open to those:

  • Who have demonstrated academic excellence and are eager to undertake a PhD or full time Masters at one of nine universities, in a field of world class standing
  • Passionate about strengthening Australia's ties with Asia, driving technology and innovation or enabling positive social change
  • With a bold vision to contribute to the growth and prosperity of Australia who can articulate this vision and how postgraduate study will help make it real
  • Possessing a desire and potential to lead
  • Keen to be inspired by others, build networks and collaborate across diverse disciplines 
  • Confident in taking on challenges.



  • You are an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • You have completed an undergraduate degree after 1 September 2011, OR will complete an undergraduate degree in the year of application
  • You have achieved or are on track to achieve an average result of H1 or H2A equivalent (approx. 75%) 
  • You have chosen to undertake a full-time Masters by coursework or research of a PhD at one of our nine participating universities with demonstrated world-class capability in the proposed area of study 
  • You must commence study in the following year of the application (Jan - Dec). 
  • Your proposed program of study:
    • Can be in any field and must be relevant to the Foundation's focus areas
    • Include 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
    • Underpin a worthy and viable post-study plan that benefits Australia
  • Funding requests for the purpose of medical research as defined in the ARC Medical Research Policy available on the Australian Research Council website will not be considered.

 More Questions? Go to our FAQs.


Our Partner Universities

We have partnered with nine leading Australian universities to deliver the Future Leaders Scholarship. Scholarship recipients must undertake their postgraduate studies at one of the following nine universities, in a field of world-class standing:

  1. The University of Adelaide
  2. The Australian National University
  3. The University of Melbourne
  4. Monash University
  5. The University of Queensland
  6. The University of Sydney
  7. University of Tasmania
  8. University of New South Wales
  9. University of Western Australia

Future Leaders is a scholarship for our best and brightest to get excited about.

Dr Angie Kings-Lynne , Engineering Consultant, Transmin Pty Ltd, Westpac Future Leaders Ambassador

Ambassador Profile

Ambassador Profile

Angie is an inspiring leader who has taken her PhD in the field of artificial vision systems into the development of robotics to improve safety and efficiency in mining.

Dr Angie Kings-Lynne

Westpac Future Leaders Ambassador
Engineering Consultant, Transmin

Angie Kings-Lynne is no ordinary Australian. With a PhD in artificial vision systems, Angie was the project lead behind Transmin’s Rocklogic, a multi-award winning mining intelligence system which is revolutionising rock-breaking in mines. The system leverages techniques in robotics to enable remote control of rock-breaking robotic machinery, ensuring much safer and more efficient practices in mining.

Rocklogic has won numerous awards, including a national iAward for technology innovation. Australia’s most recognised mining companies are also big supporters of the product. 

At just 36 years of age, Angie has earned widespread respect for her work in a heavily male-dominated industry. One of her greatest attributes is her ability to communicate with the varying degree of stakeholders from manufacturers and engineers to mining executives looking to invest. Her involvement in Rocklogic’s success includes concept design and development, through to the sales, marketing, and coordination of Rocklogic's deployment around Australia.

Angie completed her doctorate through the University of Western Australia (UWA), with stints at Oxford and the Australian National University (ANU). Also during this time, she regularly presented theatre shows at Scitech Discovery Centre – communicating science to the public. After spending a couple of years working in genetic epidemiology (disease origin and spread), she returned to the field of robotics, to do what she enjoys most – working with cutting edge technology, which in turn contributes to more efficient mining operations for Australia.

Beyond mining robotics, Angie is a proud mother to Mila, her two and half year old daughter. She also holds a recreational pilot licence and a brown belt in karate.

Make a real and lasting difference to Australia's future.

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Enquire Now

Applications for the 2016 Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships are now closed. Applications will open again in mid-2017. 

In the meantime, you can contact us at westpacscholars@westpac.com.au.

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