Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership
Supporting achievement and vision for a stronger community
The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership fosters leadership, providing exceptional people with the support they need to achieve their vision for their communities.
The Fellowship invests in recognised leaders and provides opportunities to emerging leaders within Victoria’s Indigenous communities. The value of the investment in building Indigenous leadership is to improve the economic as well as the social and emotional wellbeing of communities.
The Fellowship supports past, present and future Indigenous leaders who are committed to achieving positive change for Indigenous Victorians and strengthening links between all Australians.
Over the past 15 years we have appointed 4 Fellows, including 1 Senior Fellow, and 22 Emerging Leaders.
Over the last 12 months the Alumni have been organising Elders Gatherings and to date they have been held in Craigeburn, Ulupna, Wodonga and the Mornington Peninsula. Further Gatherings have been planned for early 2019.
These have ranged from small to large but as one Elder said ‘it is not the amount of people participating it is about the yarning’.
The Fellowship has also been working with the Australian Communities Foundation and Woor-Dungin to assist an organisation to transition to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Led Philanthropic Fund which has now been established. It has been named for country by prominent Wurundjeri Elder, Aunty Diane Kerr, Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong which means “to give jointly, to share together” in Woiwurrung language.
‘Calling for Applications for the 2019 – 2020 Emerging Leaders’ has CLOSED
Sunday 1 September 2019
The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership fosters leadership, providing exceptional people with the support they need to achieve their vision for their communities by investing in recognised leaders and providing opportunities to emerging leaders within Victoria’s Indigenous communities. The Fellowship supports past, present and future Indigenous leaders who are committed to achieving positive change for Indigenous Victorians and strengthening links between all Australians.
The ‘Calling for Applications’ for Emerging Leaders for 2019-2020 has CLOSED.
The successful applicants will receive $30,000 over 12 months to each Emerging Leader to enable them to concentrate their efforts on personal and professional development and to focus on leadership in their community.
All applications will be assessed by an independent selection panel and all applicants will be advised accordingly of the outcome.
All applications received have been acknowledged.
The Emerging Leaders for 2019-2020 will be announced at an event to be held on Wednesday 16 October 2019. Invitations will be sent out soon.
The Emerging Leaders 2017 – 2018
The films of the 2018 – 2019 Emerging Leaders will be added to the website at the end of the year, however, in the meantime check out the experiences and achievements of our 2017 – 2018 Emerging Leaders:
Rueben Berg is the Director of Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria and the Managing Director of RJHB Consulting. He is a Gunditjmara man, a founder and director of Indigenous Architecture...
Janine Coombs is a Wotjoboluk woman who has taken on a number of significant leadership roles in her community in the area of native title, but she has also dedicated herself to promoting social and...
To date, Melissa Harrison has dedicated her career to working with or for the Aboriginal community in Victoria to build our profile and to advocate the needs of the community. Over time, she has...
Jody Barney is a Murri woman from Urangan (near Hervey Bay) with kinship to Fraser Island Birri-Gubba and the Gurangi people of Barcaldine. For the last 25 years, Jody has been in Victoria where she...