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’
Wednesday 24 July 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.
We are currently ‘Calling for Applications’ for Emerging Leaders for 2019.
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.
If you have the attributes of an Emerging Leader we encourage you to apply. Perhaps you know of someone? If so, please pass on this information and support them in their application. Please also pass this onto your networks as they may know of someone who might be interested.
To find out more, and to read about and watch the experiences of the Alumni please refer to the pages on this website.
For further information: How to Apply
We want to hear why you think you are ready to be an Emerging Leader. Your application should include a brief outline of how you will demonstrate your leadership capability, and what impact you believe it will have on your community and the broader Victorian community.
All applications will be assessed by an independent selection panel and all applicants will be advised accordingly of the outcome.
The closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Saturday 31st August 2019.
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:
Paul Briggs OAM
Paul Briggs OAM has a wealth of experience across a vast range of sectors in Aboriginal community development. In addition to being the founding Chairman of the Victorian Aboriginal Community...
Lidia Thorpe is currently the Managing Director of The Clan Corporation a sustainable housing and renewable energy business and was previously the Aboriginal Employment Adviser for the Municipal...
Ngarra Murray is a Wamba Wamba (Gourmjanyuk), Yorta Yorta (Wallithica) and Dja Dja Wurrung (Yung Balug) woman based in Melbourne. She is the mother of four children and the second oldest of 12...
Rebecca Crawford is a Barkindji woman from North Western NSW who comes from a large family in the northwest region of the Darling River. She previously worked in NSW in Aboriginal identified...