Social Change Fellowship

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About the Social Change Fellowship

The Westpac Social Change Fellowship supports the development of people from any sector with the drive to create better lives for all Australians. 10 Fellowships of up to $50,000 will be awarded to individuals who have the vision and commitment to deliver an initiative that will improve the wellbeing of Australians.

The Fellowship is designed to give recipients time and space to develop the skills, knowledge and networks needed to accelerate their growth as a social innovator. This may involve travel study tours, work experience, research or building stronger connections that will directly enhance their ability to lead positive social change. 

Successful recipients will also become valued members of the Westpac 100 Scholars Network. 

Register Interest


If your application is successful you will receive up to $50,000. This funding will help you embark on your own bespoke development journey, over a maximum six month period.
The Fellowship could cover:

  • Travel and accommodation costs (overseas and/or domestic)
  • Expenses relating to the experience
  • Reasonable personal expenses
  • Costs for relief in current employment (depending on need)

Beyond the Fellowship, you will also have lifelong support through the Westpac 100 Scholars Network, where you will gain access to invaluable networking, learning and development opportunities.


Want more information?

Watch the Westpac Social Change Fellowship webinar recorded Monday 13 August 2018. This helpful webinar provides an overview of the Fellowship including key attributes of a Social Change Fellow, and tips to complete your application.

The slides used for the webinar can also be downloaded for your reference.


“I love that this fellowship is about growing the innovator not the project. It is an investment in developing the game changers, giving us the space and time to grow and connect with the world.”

Key dates


11 July 2018: Applications open

13 August 2018: Information webinar 3pm AEST

20 August 2018: Applications close 11:59PM EAST

21 November 2018: National Selection Panel in Sydney

December 2018: Notification of outcome


Jan/Feb 2019: Begin Fellowship


We are looking for individuals who have a particular set of qualities that sets them apart from others. They have generosity of spirit and a strong desire to give back to Australia. Their commitment to our country’s broader social purpose, to create equal opportunity and better lives for all Australians, is reflected in their work and their actions.

  • Who can apply?


Applications for the current round of Social Change Fellowships are now closed and will re-open in 2019. In the meantime, you may register your interest and we will notify you when applications are once again open.


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