Social Change Fellowship

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Overview 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. 


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.

Need more information?

Watch the Westpac Social Change Fellowship webinar, recorded on Wednesday 26 July, 2017. This helpful webinar provides an overview of the Fellowship including key attributes of a Westpac Social Change Fellow and tips to complete your application for 2018.

Alternatively watch the 2016 webinar, recorded on Thursday 4 August 2016, featuring 2016 Social Change Fellow Om Dhungel.


“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


5 July 2017: Applications open

16 August 2017: Applications close

December 2017: Notification of outcome


Jan/Feb 2018: 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?

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Applications for 2018 are now closed. 

Applications for 2019 will open in July 2018. 


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